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I Was A Real-Life Cheesemonger

Christine Stoddard | Posted 01.06.2016 | Women
Christine Stoddard

About this time three years ago, I was poised for the international study abroad experience of a lifetime -- but first, I became a cheesemonger.

A Long Weekend in France Without Leaving North America (Really!)

Saul Gitlin | Posted 08.18.2016 | Travel
Saul Gitlin

For the discriminating traveler looking for something different that combines an international flair with rich history and natural beauty, the territory is a "hidden gem" among North American tourist destinations.

Illustrious Lives: The Blind Resistance Fighter, Sartre's Fellow Traveler, and the Coup That Ushered in the Terror

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.25.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Jérôme Garcin has completed his heroic trilogy. Twenty years ago he gave us Pour Jean Prévost. In 2013, Bleus horizons resurrected poet Jean de La Ville de Mirmont, who was killed at age 28 during the first months of the First World War.

Pre-Summer Reading: The Languages of Reaction, of the French, of Film, of Fatal Denial, of Healthy Debate

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

If you wish to know what unites, at the deepest level, the fans of jihadism, new-wave Le Pen-ism, and Vladimir Putin's Eurasia project, then read, without delay, Raphaël Glucksmann's Génération gueule de bois.

Books as a Trompe-L'oeil: On Fools and What Fools the Eye

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 12.07.2014 | Technology
Cosmin Gheorghe

For many people around the globe books are alive, they are collected, cherished and contemplated periodically with love. They are milestones that punctuate one's emotional and social life.

14 Things The French Do Better Than Anyone Else

The Huffington Post | Michael Maisel | Posted 07.18.2014 | World

As the French celebrate their national holiday on July 14, the love for their country will be on full display. What better way to mark Bastille Day th...

A Lasting Lessons Across Cultures: Community Counts

Jerry Lanson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Travel
Jerry Lanson

To travel cross-country in France is to find a fantastic meal, a great view, a medieval ruin, a special museum exhibit, a sweet mountain trail. To live somewhere unfamiliar, however, as isolating as it can sometimes be, is to pry open a culture's door just a crack, to begin, just a bit, to belong.

French Connection

Layla Demay | Posted 08.23.2014 | Taste
Layla Demay

Who needs France when you have a French obsession growing in front of you? I was supposed to visit my native country this summer, but instead, as Fren...

France's "Cultural Exception" Continued: Qatar and the French Cinema

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Obviously, I do not believe that the Qatari authorities are motivated by a Machiavellian urge to destroy French culture.

France, Where Is Your Mojo?

Eloi Saint Bris | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Eloi Saint Bris

Perhaps you've read Maureen Dowd's Times column on the "nouvelle vague" of French melancholia. The fact that this has some elements of truth leaves me a bitter taste. I battle every day with our national pessimism syndrome, which harms us more than the real state of things does.

What Can the French Retail Snobs Learn From the Rest of the World?

Eddie Parsons | Posted 04.21.2013 | Style
Eddie Parsons

Elite or sophisticated, I can understand because there is a vanity in each of us that yearns to feel special. But with all the barriers in the world breaking down through the Internet or mass travel can snob appeal in retail survive?

Making Time for Life: Even Down in the Dumps, the French Maintain Their Joie de Vivre

Harriet Welty Rochefort | Posted 12.04.2012 | Books
Harriet Welty Rochefort

When I told a French friend I was writing a book about his compatriots entitled Joie de Vivre, he smiled and asked "Is it fiction?" Yet another French friend reacted with a pained look, lamenting that "we used to have it."

10 Reasons France Is Still Beating Us

Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough | Posted 11.06.2012 | Travel
Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough

10 reasons that France is still cooler than the U.S.

August In Paris

Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough | Posted 10.30.2012 | Travel
Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough

Imagine that eerily quiet Thanksgiving Day feeling that happens for one day in America -- but if it lasted for an entire month.

Airbus Arrives in Alabama and Boeing Is Sleepless in Seattle

Christine Negroni | Posted 07.05.2012 | Business
Christine Negroni

Are they sleepless in Seattle? I'm guessin' the answer is yes, now that Airbus has confirmed it is fixin' to build a A320neo assembly plant in Mobile,...

France: An Epicenter of Culture

Katherine Krauss | Posted 08.04.2012 | Teen
Katherine Krauss

French culture is definitely distinct. Never scared of being considered elitist, the French value the best and brightest from their country.

The Disappearing 'Pause Déjeuner'

Jamie Schler | Posted 12.07.2011 | Home
Jamie Schler

In a country where the cuisine is part of their national patrimony and mealtime is a national treasure, that leisurely hot meal in the middle of the day was crucial to the well being of an entire country.

France Bans Ketchup In Schools

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 12.06.2011 | Home

Mayonnaise is still on the menu, but hold the ketchup. This week, French elementary schools have introduced new dietary guidelines, including limiting...

Sarkozy Accused of Cronyism After Versailles Appointment

Posted 12.02.2011 | Arts

As one of France's foremost tourist attractions, the Palace of Versailles is subject to careful scrutiny; it comes as no surprise that French Presiden...

Pardon My French: Our Heroine Learns To Love/Hate The French

Katie Beck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Travel
Katie Beck

It was clear that our presence was beyond an inconvenience to them. My lack of French, from the looks on their faces, was an offense punishable by death.

Bottereaux Nantais: Beignets for Carnival

Jamie Schler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jamie Schler

Anyone who reads these food pages knows about Mardi Gras and Lent, Carnival and all of her traditions, so I won't give you yet another history lesson....

La Galette des Rois: A Cake Fit For A King

Jamie Schler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jamie Schler

The plate is set before me, the aroma of warm pastry and almonds whirls up around my head. I inhale deeply and breath in all the goodness, the scent o...

Riz au Lait: The Frenchman's Ultimate Comfort Food

Jamie Schler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jamie Schler

This is a traditional Rice Pudding -- simple, homey and sweet, thick yet creamy smooth, the rice melting in the mouth, just a kiss of vanilla and as sweet as you like.

When the French Spiced Up Film: Rohmer, Truffaut, Godard and Cahiers Du Cinema

John Farr | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Whether or not you personally love their work, it is difficult to dismiss the impact of the French New Wave. To reinforce this strongly held position, here is a pungent mix of Truffaut, Godard and Rohmer.

Is French Food Culture Fading?

Reuters | Daniel Bases | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Signs of decay in French food and wine have been apparent for decades but there could be a saving grace, from of all things...