A couple of interesting links from the New York Times:
A small town in the southwest of France hosts an annual festival devoted to American country music. This isn't the first time I've heard about the strong grip that the myth of the Old West has on the French psyche.
An American couple, now living in Dubai, takes wretched excess to new heights in their rehab of a Parisian apartment. The renovation itself looks quite tasteful; it's just that the money involved makes my head spin.