Category Archives: French-American politics

The latest tempest in a silly symbol

La Sculpture américaine vandalisée, place Vendôme (via Etienne R.) The latest offense an American is perceived to have made against the French was an abstract inflatable Christmas tree, called “Tree.” Paul McCarthy, its American sculptor, created it for Fiac , … Continue reading

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Duras Retrospective – cinematic and personal

To celebrate Marguerite Duras’ centennial, Lincoln Center is showing a retrospective of her films. It was also 45 years ago  last month that Lincoln Center presented the first of her films ever to be shown in America. The film was … Continue reading

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Marilyn M de la région bostonienne : “L’Amour et les Français !

Marilyn M écrit de Needham : J’ai beaucoup réfléchi sur l’affaire Hollande.  Il a le droit à une vie privée, droit très important en France.  Il est vrai que ses actions n’étaient pas prudentes pour les raisons de sécurité.  Mais, … Continue reading

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Marilyn found this article in pure people: Valérie is finally talking a bit

Marilyn M. found this: Valerie is finally expressing herself a little. Is she saving face or telling the truth? Valérie Trierweiler et le choc Hollande/Gayet : ”J’entendais des rumeurs…” Après quelques déclarations distillées à et par certains médias – parfois … Continue reading

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Bernard’s reactions to the latest wrinkle

Bernard B. sent in that cartoon from Le Monde. Here are his accompanying thoughts: J’ai l’impression qu’on tourne en rond. Il y a deux choses : d’une part la « clarification » lapidaire et peu généreuse de Hollande et d’autre … Continue reading

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A Rumor of Valérie’s violent reaction to Hollande’s dumping

Did she really break those dishes in a tantrum? If the dishes belonged to the Elysée Palace, maybe the French really should care how Hollande conducts himself. Her conduct isn’t irreproachable either, of course, but she had already intruded on … Continue reading

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Bernard’s eloquent take on the scandalous non-scandal

Bernard, an observer of French culture writes with savvy eye and a golden pen : Décidément, l’année a commencé avec une actualité française bien chargée : une version présidentielle de Romeo et Juliette, le mélodrame de l’épouse abandonnée, ou plutôt … Continue reading

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A Frenchie’s reaction

After having lived a long time in the States, Doris P. sees America with French eyes  :   “Ce que X,  Y, le Président fait dans sa vie privée ne regarde personne, seulement  lui et son entourage. Toutefois un bémol … Continue reading

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Hysterical franglais British view of the Hollande pickle

Michel C. of Cambridge, Mass, sent us a Britsh scetch that looks a lot like the kinds of French I would hear as a high school and college French teacher. Maybe that’s a good way, actually, to learn French. It’ll … Continue reading

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Michèle voit tous les côtés !

Michèle L. voit le phénomène de tous les cotés: Oui Susan, je ne suis pas étonnée de ton message. Je sais qu’aux Etats-Unis et ailleurs l’affaire « Hollande » a eu un certain retentissement. En France un peu moins, paradoxalement. Je constate … Continue reading

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