Featuring exclusive interviews, FrancoFiles seeks to take every francophile in the U.S. on a transatlantic rendez-vous with notable French and American guests. Hear experts talk firsthand about their experiences of the collaborations and cultural crossover between these two oldest allies. From the pre-revolutionary era to today’s modern tech movement, explore with FrancoFiles the ever-evolving relationship between France and the US. Brought to you by the Embassy of France, support from France-Amérique Magazine.
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Episode S02E04 – February 23, 2021
The Lafayette Trail - Following America’s Favorite Frenchman
It’s a noble thing to follow in the footsteps of your hero, and Julien Icher has taken this notion a step further. His nonprofit, the Lafayette Trail, retraces the 1824-1825 Farewell Tour of famed Franco-American hero General Lafayette. Julien is a French geographer and historian who is fascinated by the Marquis’ visit that united the U.S. during a trying time. An advocate of Franco-American history and friendship, Julien is forming relationships across the U.S. by placing commemorative markers in towns that hosted Lafayette and bringing to light Lafayette’s profound influence in American history. Listen to learn more about Icher’s journey and America’s favorite Frenchman.
The world’s largest startup campus is a Franco-American marvel. In the heart of Paris in a renovated train station, STATION F is captained by Roxanne Varza,
an Iranian-American who is passionate about getting young businesses the resources they need to thrive. She works hard to create an environment where unicorns can brush elbows with the world’s top leaders—all this while leading nonprofits that get female entrepreneurs the equal recognition and representation they deserve. Listen as we speak with Roxanne about what it’s like to be the builder of an entrepreneurial ecosystem and the "room where it happens."
The American Library in Paris is a testament to Franco-American tenacity. Founded and maintained by bibliophiles committed to freedom of thought and open discussion, this institution survived great hardship to provide a haven to those in need. From famous expatriates like Stein and Hemingway to today’s modern bestselling authors, the library has been an arena of inspiration and conversation since its founding during World War I. Learn more from the library’s director: Texan Audrey Chapuis.
Villa San Francisco is a French-founded international space for dialogue between artists and community seeking to connect innovative ideas to solutions that respond to global and local challenges. Today, we speak with Melanie Desliens Flint,
a founding member of Villa San Francisco and an integral part of the international Villa Network’s expansion to the United States.
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“Is it a revolt? No, sire, it is a revolution!” Hop on this time-machine as we take you back to July 14, 1789 with special guest Gary Girod of the ‘French History Podcast’. Explore & understand the series of events leading up to the storming of the ‘Bastille’ and how it forever changed the tides of history. Learn about the profound social effect of France’s National Day post-WWI and the present-day celebrations on the Champs-Élysées.
DRAWING: "Prise de la Bastille" by Jean-Pierre Houël (1789) [©Gallica/BNF]
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Dive with us into the profound and differing experiences of African Americans in France and in the U.S. during World War I. Gain insight into this particular and important part of our shared history with guest curator, Krewasky Salter from the Smithsonian exhibit "We Return Fighting - World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity" shown at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
PHOTO : Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Alan Laird
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For the past 14 years, Michelin Guide has brought its team of incognito restaurant reviewers and experts to explore the delectable and wide-array of restaurant options in the United States. Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes episode with Gwendal Poullennec, the International Director for The Michelin Guide, as he reveals the how the red guide
has brought “France to the US” and how its influence has transformed consumers’ restaurant experiences and altogether the fine dining industry.
IN DEPTH – You’ve heard the word "biodiversity" countless times: on the news, on political speeches, in decisions-maker meetings... What does it mean? As voices for biodiversity and the planet continue to grow louder, we sat down with a French and an American scientist to know what is actually at stake.
Fighting inequalities related to environmental degradation is a priority of the French Presidency of the G7, that’s why the Environment Ministers from the G7 Member States and other countries or institutions signed the Metz Charter on Biodiversity in May 2019.
IN SHORT – You’ve most definitely heard about the events held in that amazing place!
Located in the Kalorama area in DC, the Residence of France is one of the most impressive mansion in DC. The French tricolor flag has flown over the Kalorama Residence for more than three-quarter of a century. Its is a place of welcome and of celebration, but above all a symbol of the strength of the ties that bind France and the US. Interested in knowing the behind the scene organisation, staring protocol rules and famous attendees?
IN DEPTH – “It was quite a day. When we approached, the entire horizon was red from bombing and bombs exploding, it was almost like a movie screen” veteran John Siewert, who was on the USS Satterlee on June 6, 1944 told us.
We sat with History makers and tellers to revive memories of D-DAY, as President Trump and President Macron marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France this year.
James Earl “Bud” Rudder, Jr., also shared the great story of his father, a heroic D-Day Veteran Army Ranger. Major General Andrew Davis, President and CEO of the World War II Foundation, reminded us why keeping the WWII memory alive is so important for our society.
IN DEPTH – The Embassy of France was deeply touched by the numerous messages of support received after the tragedy that hit the iconic Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral. Philip Kennicott, Pulitzer Prize-winning art and architecture critic of The Washington Post and Johann Vexo, organist for the choir organ at Notre-Dame cathedral, share their thoughts on why it moved hearts everywhere.
IN SHORT – Does "La Maison Française" or "The French House" ring a bell? You might not be familiar with the name — but you’ve most definitely heard about the events.
Located on Embassy grounds, La Maison Française celebrates the longstanding relationship between France and the USA. It offers a rich and diverse array of cultural, scientific, sport and gastronomic programs to many Washingtonians and great facilities to accommodate all sorts of events.
IN SHORT – You’ve heard the word — but do you really know know what a Consulate does? Get an insider’s perspective and explore the world of consular affairs in this episode of FrancoFiles. Plus, test your knowledge and see if you can figure out what’s true and what’s false when it comes to consular issues!
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Uncover the rich history of African Americans in Paris and the beginnings of an African-American community in the aftermath of World War I. Dr. Tristan Cabello, Assistant Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program at Johns Hopkins University shares the story of how black culture was born in the City of Lights.
IN DEPTH – Is multilateralism in freefall? Get an inside look at the multilateralism crisis and hear from experts at the French Embassy, including French Ambassador Gérard Araud and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program Stewart Patrick.
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