We do not, sadly, speak French. But we're told on good authority, namely Kristine Lefebvre, the wife of local chef and French expatriate Ludovic Lefebvre (LudoBites 1, 2, 3, 4 and counting; more on this in a few days), that the title of this article, in the July/August edition of the magazine France-Amérique, means “the Top 50 French people in America who count in 2010 (literal translation).” Number one on the list? Ludo. Congratulations!

Founded in 1943 by “World War II France Libre exiles,” France-Amérique, which is headquartered in New York, is the largest French-language journal published in America. And if you're curious about some of the other 49 people on the list, #12 is Daniel Boulud; #13 is Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don't Get Fat; #36 is Philippe Ruiz, chef at the Palme D'Or in Miami; and #45 is Ariane Daguin of D'Artagnan. For those of you who do read French, the issue will be out in a few weeks, and includes a recipe for Lefebvre's squid ink croque monsieur with foie gras. Be worth learning a bit of French just for that.

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