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France-Amerique is Making Positive Changes

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Jean-Cosme Delaloye has been to the Editor and Chief for France-Amerique for the past 6 months and the magazine has been greatly updated and improved. The design is much more modern thanks to Olivia Angelozzi-Commodore.

I encourage all of you to subscribe to the magazine, join their Facebook Group and follow them on Twitter


Written by Jon Cronin

March 31, 2009 at 14:53

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Museum of French America

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I often speak to my French friends about the beauty of Canada and how Montreal and Quebec City are an important piece of the history of French in America. My great grandmother who moved to New England, when she was very young, was French Canadian and she was also a French interpreter in WWII. Growing up in Boston we often visited Quebec and cultural exchange was very important. The Muesum of French America is in Quebec City and should not be missed, preferably in the Spring or Early Fall to enjoy the beauty of this region of America. Canadians are American after all and we are all here for some reason and that reason is often more similar than we think.

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This beautiful museum offers many multidisciplinary insights into the history of North America’s French communities. There are two permanent exhibits: The Settling of French America is a multimedia trip from France to the colonies, while The History of the Collections Seminaire de Quebec boasts an unmatched assortment of religious art and scientific instruments.

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Written by Jon Cronin

March 11, 2009 at 14:23

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French America – The Book

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I stumbled upon this book on Amazon and was surprised at the beauty of its contents and the message is perfect for this blog! I have already ordered one and will let you all know how it is, when it arrives.

Here is a review from and Amazon reader.

“French America” is a dazzling, oversized coffee table book which opens an entirely new world all around the reader. I had expected a treasure of great pictures and was not disappointed. What I had not expected is the narration, not only descriptions of the pictures, but of the history of the French role in the development of the United States.

This book is a tour through many buildings associated with French settlement and development in the United States. Beginning with the early Huguenot settlements in New York and South Carolina, the reader is taken on to the heart of French America along the Great Lakes and down the Mississippi. Despite living among the greatest collection of French Colonial architecture in the country, I learned of near by structures of which I was totally unaware. The journey continues down the river to Louisiana with its living French culture amid the houses and buildings surviving from a way of life that is Gone With The Wind. The tour winds through sites in the Eastern states associated with French participation in the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars and concludes with Civic buildings in the Washington-Virginia area inspired by French architecture.

This book broadened my understanding of the French heritage around us and sharpened my appetite to visit some of these areas. It can do the same for you.


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Written by Jon Cronin

March 10, 2009 at 21:41

FIAF presents: Cinema According to Jackie Raynal

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Jackie Raynal’s movie houses [The Bleeker Street and the Carnegie Hall] are the New York equivalents of la Cinématheque Francaise in Paris.”  – François Truffaut

“No revival-house programmer has done more to raise the level of local [New York] film culture.” – Jim Hoberman, the Village Voice

Press Release Excerpt: The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, announced today the first-ever tribute to Jackie Raynal, a driving force in independent and French cinema in New York City. The French-born editor, distributor, actress and director will be showcased in FIAF’s CinémaTuesdays programming throughout the month of April with a series entitled, Cinema According to Jackie Raynal. The series will explore the various facets of Raynal’s extraordinary cinema career and will feature several premieres and screening introductions by Raynal herself and other celebrated New York film personalities.

While Raynal is best known as the former programmer of two of New York’s premiere art cinemas, she began her extensive career in film nearly forty years ago in Paris as a film editor. In 1964 she was the youngest film editor in France and working with the leading directors of the day. Raynal lent her editing skills to Paris vu par… (Six in Paris) and La Collectionneuse (The Collector), both to be screened as part of the FIAF series, working with Eric Rohmer, Jean Rouch, Jean-Luc Godard, and Claude Chabrol.

Every Tuesday during April 2009 | At the French Institute (Alliance Francaise) | New York (FIAF) : 22 E 60th St, New York, NY, tel: (212) 355-6100 | From Tuesday April 7th through Tuesday April 28th


April 7th at 7:30 PM
La Collectionneuse
by Eric Rohmer
Gare du Nord
by Jean Rouch
Program to be introduced by Bruce Goldstein and Jackie Raynal

April 14th at 7:30 PM
Lacombe Lucien
by Louis Malle
Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads
by Spike Lee
Program to be introduced by Aurore Clément and Vincent Malle (to be confirmed)

April 21 at 7:30 PM
Dragées aux Poivre
by Jacques Baratier (American Premiere)
Autour de Jacques Baratier
by Jackie Raynal (American Premiere)
Program to be introduced by Kent Jones and Jackie Raynal

April 28th at 7:30 PM
Hotel New York
by Jackie Raynal
From Paris Vu Par… To Zanzibar
by Jackie Raynal (Work in Progress with a 2008 interview with Eric Rohmer)
by Jackie Raynal (World Premiere)
Program to be introduced by Jonathan Rosenbaum

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Written by Jon Cronin

March 10, 2009 at 20:52

11 Questions with Stephanie Deleau

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The real truth about French in America comes from the people and their personal stories. This is the start of our latest series called 11 Questions, we hope you enjoy it! Also, if you would like to participate in this series please feel free to answer the 11 Questions and send me an email at jon.cronin – at – for consideration.

11 Questions with Stephanie Deleau

French Clothing Store Owner: Noisette
Residing: Brooklyn, Bed Stuy
In U.S. Since: 1996

1. Why did you move here?
I came to the US to learn English so I took a year off and came as an au pair, but never made it back to France…

2. What is it about this country that keeps you here?
After being here 13 years, I do feel like home, it’s about the people, the community, the ability to do what you want, the easiness and accessibility to everything….

3. Who is your favorite “French Person in America” both past and currently? Why?
All my friends, they are my family, they come and go but they always give me the feeling of still be connected to France

4. What is your general feeling about being French in America?
I feel the difference in the store, people’s reaction to French clothing is definitely positive. in my life, I don’t feel that much different than every other immigrant in this country…it feels very natural to live here…and we all share about the same story, we all came here for a reason, and we all experienced NY in so many different ways.

5. What is your favorite French restaurant in America?
Tough one, hmmm, maybe Les Halles, for all the authentic dishes that you never find anywhere else in America!

6. Who is your favorite French Artist who lived or is living in America?
I have 3, and you know them all! clue: they all share the same studio! (Jerome LagarrigueAmelie Chabannes, Olivia Angelozzi)

7. Favorite place to visit in America and why?
Fire Island…can I choose another one? and LA for some reason that I can’t explain!

8. Can you name two things that Americans should know about France and three things that France should know about America, that they may not know?
French people: are chauvinistic and they love the US (secretly or openly), Americans are: patriotic (is there a difference with chauvinistic?), 80% of Americans didn’t like Bush (a  lot of them thought that Americans were stupid, Obama’s election proved them wrong), they wish they were French!

9. What is it about Obama that excites French people and what do you think he will do for French in America?
I’m not sure he do anything for French in America, but at least he will make the world a little more peaceful and constructive, he made French people love this country again and believe in it. Maybe I can have a stimulus package, is it part of the French alliance deal?

10. What is the most important piece(s) of advice you can give to someone who is considering moving to the US from France?
It’s a country for everyone, I have seen all kinds of people come but only few people stayed, once you find your 3 elements (house, job and love). then you will stay and be happy. so come, enjoy yourself, dream, and figure out a way to stay…..

11. Please describe your experience in America with one word or phrase.

photo credits: Chris Dymond cafe creme magazine

Written by Jon Cronin

March 10, 2009 at 17:52

Man on Wire, Phillip Petit

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Many of you already know the story, but I can’t stop watching this movie! Phillip Petit is now an Oscar winner and his dream to come to America and walk across the the former World Trade Center’s Twin Towers on a wire is perhaps the greatest of all French in America stories. The dream, the commitment and the final outcome are unparalleled.

Philippe Petit (born August 13, 1949) is a French high wire artist who gained fame for his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers in New York City on August 7, 1974.[1] For his feat, he used a 450-pound cable and a custom-made 26-foot (7.9 m) long, 55-pound balancing pole.

Tight-rope walker, unicyclist, magician and pantomime artist, Petit was also one of the earliest modern day street jugglers in Paris, having begun his career in 1968. He juggled and worked on a slack rope with regularity in Washington Square Park in New York City in the early 1970s. Other famous structures he has used for tightrope walks include Notre Dame de Paris, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Louisiana Superdome, the Hennepin County Government Center, and between the Palais de Chaillot and the Eiffel Tower. The documentary film Man on Wire by UK director James Marsh, about Petit’s WTC performance won both the World Cinema Jury and Audience awards at the Sundance Film Festival 2008. The film also won awards at the 2008 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, N.C. and won the Academy Award for best documentary.

source: wikipedia

Written by Jon Cronin

March 10, 2009 at 14:18

French photojournalist Gerald Holubowicz Captures Obama

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When French photojournalist Gerald Holubowicz set out to pursue his dream of covering an American presidential election, he was drawn to the experience on both an intellectual and emotional level. Holubowicz was immediately struck by supporters’ emotional response to then-candidate Obama. Covering the campaign from its humble beginnings to election night in Harlem to a chilly January day in Washington, D.C. when Obama was sworn in as president, Holubowicz was struck by distinct differences between French and American politics. “The real difference comes from the population itself, how the candidate and the message are received. I saw people crying, overwhelmed by their emotions. I often felt a quasi-religious atmosphere during the speeches. It was quite a theatrical ambiance, where you could feel a very strong patriotic sentiment. I think we French people are less focused on the show part of the politics and too much on the intellectual aspect.”

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source: Huffington Post

Written by Jon Cronin

March 9, 2009 at 18:32