“Who is Emmanuel Macron and where is he taking France?”
with William Drozdiak, author of The Last President of Europe: Emmanuel Macron’s Race to Revive France and Save the World, in conversation with Simon Kuper
In 2017, 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron became France’s youngest leader since Napoleon. Who is this man from small-town Amiens, who passed through the elite ENA school and briefly worked as a banker? What is his project for France – and which bits of it has he managed to realize amid the turmoil of gilets jaunes protesters, strikes and the pandemic? What is his worldview? How does he see the US, China and Putin? What is his approach to Islam and to Islamism? And why, when he’s admired by so many outside France, does he inspire such hatred in so many French people?
William Drozdiak is the perfect guide. For his book The Last President of Europe he conducted a series of long interviews with Macron and other insiders in the Elysées palace.
Drozdiak is a former foreign editor of the Washington Post and a veteran foreign correspondent.Before journalism, he played professional basketball in the United States and Europe for seven years. His acclaimed book “Fractured Continent: Europe’s Crises and the Fate of the West” was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best political books of 2017. He now lives in Washington D.C., working as senior advisor for Europe with McLarty Associates and as nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Simon Kuper is a columnist for The Financial Times.
with William Drozdiak, author of The Last President of Europe,
in conversation with Simon Kuper
We’re delighted to be co-sponsored by the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, which promotes French language and culture through 100+ Alliance Française chapters across the U.S.
We’re also pleased to be co-sponsored by The American Library in Paris. ALP is the largest English-language library on the European continent, now celebrating its 100th year as a cultural bridge between France and the US.
The official bookseller is Shakespeare and Company — an English-language bookshop in the heart of Paris, on the banks of the Seine, opposite Notre-Dame. Since opening in 1951, Shakespeare and Company has been a meeting place for anglophone writers and readers, becoming a Left Bank literary institution.
PANDEMONIUM U: Free, live Zoom classes taught by world-class experts.
How does it work? We host classes several Fridays per month at noon NY time. Just check the schedule in this newsletter or on our website and show up for any class. Connect via this Zoom link. Listen/watch/learn, then ask questions in chat. Each class lasts about 50 minutes. Are the classes recorded? Yes, you can watch past classes here. (While you’re there, please subscribe to our YouTube channel!)
Why is it free? We launched PAN U as a public service at the start of the pandemic. All speakers and organizers are volunteers, and many friends of PAN U
Why is it so French?
We live in Paris and try to bring you the interesting people and ideas that cross our paths. Some of these are (inevitably) related to France.
I’ve got thoughts. How do I reach you?
Our email is PandemoniumU2021@gmail.com.
See you in class!
Pamela Druckerman & Simon Kuper
Beaujolais nouveau arrives on Thursday, November 19, 2020.
Our “Tasting wines virtually” series continues!
Get your preferred bottle and join us in a Zoom tasting by 7pm CT (Tulsa/Oklahoma City) by paying this $5 entry fee to receive our Zoom link in a confirmed email receipt as a reminder the evening prior to our event.
Receive the link to participate by paying this fee:
$5 Entry fee for Zoom code
Virtual wine tasting! Celebrating the young wine, beaujolais nouveau!
In Tulsa, stock should be available by noon at these suggested retailers:
3324 East 31st Street
10018 South Memorial Drive
For additional virtual fun, you can find some additional upcoming plans with our Federation of Alliances Françaises USA network at https://afusa.org/featured- events/ or by perusing some recent curated news articles as follows, below.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
11:00 a.m. Pacific / 1:00 pm Central / 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Federation of Alliances Françaises USA
Cara Black, the bestselling author of 19 books, is a favorite presenter within the Alliance Française network—she’s been captivating us with her great stories during meetings at our individual chapters for the past decade. We are pleased to host Cara in this national Zoom session, for all to enjoy. She’ll talk about her latest books, Three Hours in Paris, her first standalone thriller and her Aimée Leduc series, each of which features a different arrondissement of Paris. She’ll touch on the challenges and the joys of writing stories based in Paris. Her interviews with Paris police, café owners and delving in the archives. She’ll discuss how she goes about the research process from her base in San Francisco and over frequent visits to Paris (pre-pandemic!).
The general public, Francophiles and budding writers, especially ones with a Francophile bent, will all pick up tips and inspiration for their next trip or the next tale. If you’re journalling, keeping a notebook, or have a story idea this can be your jumpstart! This particular event is being held in November because this month is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)—an annual internet-based creative writing project.
Bio: Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 19 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. Visit her website for more info. Her books are available at independent bookseller and on Amazon.
This event will be on Zoom and is free for all Alliance Française members, AATF members, and invited guests of the presenter. Non-members or persons who have no AF chapter nearby can purchase tickets ($10). Please click here to register.
Set this date, Friday, November 6, 2020 on your calendar and plan to join us for 🦋 Papillon “musique du café Parisien” with a warm welcome at NEFF Brewery.
Where: 321 South Frankfort, Tulsa
PAPILLON • Musique du café Parisien • First Friday, November 6 • NEFF Brewery