In 1922, a statue of Joan of Arc was erected at Meridian Hill Park in Washington, D.C. A symbol of friendship between France and the United States, the statue was dedicated following World War I with President Warren G. Harding in attendance along with French Ambassador Jean Jules Jusserand.
No one knows the exact origin of April Fool’s Day, but France has its own claim. Up until the middle of the 16th century, the New Year was celebrated in late March in Europe, ending on April 1. When Charles IX announced that the holiday would move to January 1, some people protested and continued with the spring celebration.
The French Embassy and consulates are mobilizing to relay and encourage mutual aid initiatives during the COVID-19 crisis. Following is a message that was shared today. Apply for assistance here.
On March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower was formally dedicated and opened to the public. At first, many French citizens were not so enamored with the new monument and considered it to be an eyesore, but now it stands as one of the most famous symbols of Paris and is the most-visited paid monument in the world.
Marie Woodall’s passion for travel and languages has also inspired a keen interest in the etymology of words and their evolution over time. Always with a dictionary at the ready (usually Le Dictionnaire Larousse), she is passionate about the relationship between language and culture.
From 1883 to 1926, Claude Monet lived at his house in Giverny. The property is a magnificent work of art featuring a colorful home surrounded by flower gardens and water gardens that served as daily inspiration for the artist.
“The Inn at Little Washington: A Delicious Documentary” will give you a glimpse into the theatrical world of one of America’s most celebrated restaurants.
Austin, Texas and Angers, France have been Sister Cities since 2011.
President Macron has expressed support for Station F on multiple occasions and one of his priorities is to create an environment in France that is more friendly to entrepreneurs and tech companies.
Musée d’Orsay recently announced that a major expansion is in the works. With the support of a €20 million donation from an anonymous American donor, they will expand their exhibition space and create new centers for education and research.