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The Thing About France: Claire Messud [S1E5]

Claire Messud on Algeria, Flaubert, and Being a Citizen of the World

When I started as Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, everyone told me that I had to meet Claire Messud—that she was quintessential Francophile intellectual, not to mention author of six works of fiction. We conversed about what it means to be a citizen of the world (2:04), literature (4:45), Flaubert (5:20), Algeria (7:20), and feminism (9:50)—as well as her memories of childhood vacations in the south of France (20:12). It was like talking with a friend, as you’ll hear now. C’est parti.

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The Thing About France is a podcast where cultural figures explore the fascinating and complicated relationship between France and America. Hosted by Bénédicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy. 

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