Music: Lara Fabian

The 49-year-old Lara Fabian sings beautifully and speaks four languages: French, Spanish, Italian and English. She was born in Belgium to a Flemish father and an Italian mother. I especially love her French music. Fabian is best known for the dance pop song “I Will Love Again,” which was released in 2000 and peaked at number […]

Holocaust Remembrance Project

A January 25, 2019 report rates individual European Union (EU) countries on how honest they are in facing up their Holocaust pasts. The report gives each country a rating of green, yellow or red. For example, Hungary, Poland and Croatia received red cards for revisionism. It is no coincidence that countries rated red often have […]

Book Review: “Paris, Paris Journey into the City of Light”

I stumbled across Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light while preparing to visit Paris again, a city I have loved for almost 40 years. The author, David Downie, is an American who has lived in Paris since 1986. He loves Paris deeply and knows it far better than I do. The walk begins […]

Michel Legrand: 1932 – 2019

I have enjoyed Michel Legrand’s beautiful music for as long as I can remember. The New York Times reports that he: recorded more than 100 albums, with such disparate stars as Maurice Chevalier (for whom he worked as an accompanist early in his career), Kiri Te Kanawa, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne and Barbra Streisand. Others […]

Thirty Writers: ‘Fight for the idea of Europe or see it perish’

Thirty prominent writers, led by Bernard-Henri Lévy, signed and published in the French newspaper Libération, a pro-European manifesto warning that “Europe is in peril” from “the populist forces washing over the continent.” The collective urge readers “to carry once more the torch of a Europe that, despite its mistakes, its lapses, and its occasional acts of cowardice, remains […]

Roger Cohen: “Why I Am a European Patriot”

Roger Cohen writing in The New York Times: I am a European patriot because I have lived in Germany and seen how the idea of Europe provided salvation to postwar Germans; because I have lived in Italy and seen how the European Union anchored the country in the West when the communist temptation was strong; […]

French Philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy Issues Wake-Up Call to American Jews

Bernard-Henri Lévy (BHL) writing in The Forward: I wish to warn my Jewish American brothers and sisters of the danger I perceive from the vantage point of a French Jew all too familiar with anti-Semitism. I wish to warn them that they are under siege. Anti-Semitism in the U.S. is proliferating in a number of […]

Far Right Parties in Germany and France Immediately Critical of New Treaty

The Guardian reports that far right parties in Germany and France are already criticizing the Treaty of Aachen: Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s National Rally party, accused Macron of “an act that borders on treason”, while Alexander Gauland, of Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) said Paris and Berlin were trying to create a […]

Germany and France Sign New Treaty to Bolster EU

DW reports that Germany and France have signed a new bilateral pact called the Treaty of Aachen pledging deeper cooperation between the two nations and paving the way for EU reforms. Aachen is the westernmost city in Germany. The new treaty was signed on the 56th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty, which at the time established […]