Emily and Jessica: Americans in Paris
and then: French in Paris!
The ceremony was also French: a short movie and two not-so-short lectures, given by the head of naturalization in this prefecture.
The second was the most welcoming talk to new citizens that I've ever heard of. He described France as a nation of immigrants. He named at least 20famously French people - scientists, painters, footballers, writers -- who were actually from somewhere else. He said, you have the opportunity to be proud of France, to make a France you can be proud of. He said, France is very proud of you. He said, France thanks you for having chosen us.
Then the "family celebration" as he called it began. He encouraged pictures and movies. He became a film director, telling the kids they could have a Take 2.
Emily liked him too.
Emily and Jessica with two representatives of France
A reporter for a French radio network was interviewing people about suddenly being French. He asked Emily if they sang la Marseillaise. of course? - Did you sing it? Of course, Emily replied. Can you sing it?
Emily solos for France Inter
Then we continued the French day: crepes here
Notre Dame le coeur de Paris eternel
Rémy welcomes Jess and Emily to France all over again
and the beginning of Jessica's gifts of French culture (Gigi, Gide, . .)
We found the perfect gift for Emily
and going to the cinéma Georges V just like Gigi did, and saw a not-so-good American movie to remind us of why we heart France.