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Barack Obama : Exclusive Interview with Laurence Haïm (CANAL+)

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Written by Jon Cronin

June 10, 2009 at 16:31

Posted in Obama

Americans in France

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Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, France’s first Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are pictured on their arrival at the Palais Rohan for the NATO summit in Strasbourg on April 3, 2009 .

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Written by Jon Cronin

April 4, 2009 at 19:06

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

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

French President Nicolas Sarkozy Eager for Obama to Start

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FRENCH President Nicolas Sarkozy says he has sent a congratulatory message to Barack Obama ahead of his inauguration as US President and that he was keen for him to start changing the world.
“We are eager for him to get to work so that with him we can change the world,” he said.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said earlier that he “shared the admiration and emotion of the whole world” for Obama. But he added: “I think we should not expect him to immediately solve all America’s problems, nor ours. Barack Obama does not have a magic wand.”
Article from: Agence France-Presse

Written by Jon Cronin

January 21, 2009 at 16:51

Posted in Obama, Quotes, Sarkozy

Quote of the Day – Obama

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“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”


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Written by Jon Cronin

January 21, 2009 at 16:31

Posted in Obama, Quotes

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