These French who have conquered New York

INVESTIGATION – Today more than 60,000 French have settled in the “city that never sleeps”. Financiers, entrepreneurs, artists, restaurateurs, have decided one day to leave everything to try their luck, despite the pitfalls and the high cost of living.

From our special correspondents Bérénice Debras (text) and Éric Martin (photos)

I cry every time I see the Statue of Liberty. “ admits Rose Barbantan, 21, with a Pagnol accent. For her, the American dream smells of effort and sweat. She also has the pace of Dirty dance and of Flash Dance. At 16 she left alone for New York to join the Alvin Ailey School, one of the best modern dance schools in the world. Now, following the end of the pandemic, the dancer holds auditions (up to four per week) and continues with workouts and performances, the latest of which was a commemoration for 9/11. “It’s difficult, because life in New York is very expensive. But the greatest dance productions are there and the field of possibilities is immense. A friend of mine got caught on a Broadway show. A year later, he bought a small apartment in Brooklyn. The stars pass through the blue eyes of the pink lagoon. You intend to follow a trajectory …

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