As many Americans sang "La Marseillaise" and expressed solidarity with the French after the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, Republicans rushed to seize political advantage.
I was lucky enough to spend half of my twenties studying film and working with the great French filmmaker, Eric Rohmer, in Paris. As Victor Hugo says, "if you study in Paris, you are born again there."
They responded not with anger, but with unity.
When I arrived in the States, around my first month of July in New York, people were talking to me and asking me about Bastille Day. And I was like: "What is Bastille Day?"
The golden dome of Les Invalides shone majestically in the summer sun. Tricolor French flags bravely waved in the breeze.