Monday, December 03, 2007

France and the Founding Fathers

This year marks the 250th Anniversary of the birth of the Marquis de LaFayette, "The Hero of Two Worlds." LaFayette, by the way, has always remained a revered figure in thoughtful Franco-American alliances. More recently his name was considerably ping-ponged about by our two presidents in after-you-my-dear-Alphonse toasts and tributes during Sarkozy's expedition to Washington. Hurrah for the increased press coverage!

A number of events will be taking place in Paris over the next few weeks to celebrate the two and a half centuries of French/American friendship symbolized by this notable Frenchman.

On Wednesday December 5, authors (and Paris residents) James R. Gaines and Michael Oreskes will talk about "France and the Founding Fathers" at the American Library in Paris. Even though it is not focusing strictly on LaFayette, this discussion is a must for any Americans in Paris who have even the slightest interest in the founding of our nation. I trust that means everyone.

Mike Oreskes, Executive Editor of the International Herald Tribune, is co-author of The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country--and Why it Can Again.

James R. Gaines, a former editor of Time, People and Life magazines, is the author of For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette, and their Revolutions.

France and the Founding Fathers
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

American Library in Paris
10, rue du Général Camou
75007 Paris
Métro: Ecole Militaire, Alma Marceau

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