Dive into the diplomatic world with the Embassy of France!
Ready to delve into the dynamic facets of French diplomacy, history and culture? Interested in an inside scoop on how the gears of French-American diplomacy turn? Curious about how to immerse in a rich francophone cultural life right here in the States?
Tune in to FrancoFiles—the Embassy of France’s audio project unraveling topics that span culture, food, science, history, diplomacy, and much more. Featuring exclusive interviews with historians, experts in the field, a former ambassador, WWII veterans, a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, and many other notable guests, our podcast seeks to take every Francophile in America on an unforgettable transatlantic rendezvous with a country we love.
Episode 011 – July 1, 2020
Bastille Day – Then & Now – The history & present culture of France’s National Day
IN DEPTH – “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]
Episode 010 – February 28, 2020
"We Return Fighting" – WWI and the experiences of African Americans at home and in France
IN DEPTH – 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
Episode 009 – November 7, 2019
The Michelin Guide – How a French tire company became the world’s leader in food excellence.
IN SHORT – 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.
Episode 008 – July 25, 2019
Biodiversity – What have we done? What can be done? Two scientists answer our questions.
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.
Episode 007 – July 11, 2019
Discover the Residence of France! The DC mansion has become a hot spot for the French-American bond.
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?
Episode 006 – June 6, 2019
Relive D-Day through the voices and testimonies of those who made and embodied this epic History
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.
Episode 005 – May 14, 2019
Reflect on why Notre-Dame fire moved so many with WaPo Pulitzer Prize-winner & cathedral’s organist
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.
Episode 004 – April 30, 2019
Discover La Maison Française, hot spot for culture, debates & the French-American bond in D.C.
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.
Episode 003 – March 30, 2019
Consulate 101: learn the ins & the outs and what the consulate can do for you
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!
Episode 002 – February 28, 2019
Tune in: the history and impact of African Americans in Paris after WWI
IN DEPTH – 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.
Episode 001 – January 17, 2019
Get an inside scoop of the crisis of Multilateralism
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.