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TNancy Bagleyhere was a time, in the not so distant past, when Franco-American relations could be summed up in two words: "freedom fries." It was during the onset of the invasion of Iraq that the two countries' relations were reduced to barest civility. With the election of President Nicolas Sarkozy, the freeze began to thaw ... and thaw quickly. Now, the U.S. and France seem to complement each other as well as Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy.

It's fitting, therefore, that this month we celebrate Le Monde Francophone, starting with Roland Flamini's look at the whirlwind ' ascendancy of Monsieur Sarkozy and his wife Cecelia in France. A nod to the 250th anniversary of Lafayette follows; in "Embassy Row," we give an exclusive insider's look at the French residence — and new French Ambassador Pierre Vimont - through the lens of talented photographer Gary Landsman and the adroit pen of French scribe Leah Pisar. Finally, as the exclusive magazine sponsor of this month's "C'est Chic" Film Festival, we offer a preview of this cinematic celebration thanks to ABC7 News' loveable movie master Arch Campbell.

Washington's 187 ambassadors know the importance of relations with our nation — after all, it's their job. The 2008 WL Ambassador Guide pays homage to the importance and diversity of our ever-shifting diplomatic community, whose unique flags fly up and down Massachusetts Avenue with global gusto. We help you navigate Embassy Row and get behind the impressive facades of classic architecture — thanks to Diplomatic Dance columnist Gail Scott and photographer Justin Kriel for their contributions.

Continue exploring the world with Editorial Director Katie Tarbox's account of peaceful Caribbean solitude at Jumby Bay and Little Dix Bay. The time always seems right for a tropical vacation, doesn't it?

We've all heard the phrase "it's a man's world"; men's fashion, however, lacks the glitz and glamour of women's candy-colored accessories and gowns.You'll never hear of a male Imelda Marcos — odds are, most men would have 400 cars before they'd ever even try on 400 pairs of shoes. However, there are plenty of creative and unique ways to style menswear, as James Cornwell and photographer Tim Coburn amply prove. Men are spending more on luxury fashion than ever; what's more, the market for watches and cufflinks has never been so bullish. Men's stores like Zegna, opening in Tyson's Corner, now specialize in swell suiting. Go to our Lifestyles section to see the best of the bunch.

Washington's cultural cloth is interwoven with politics and celebrity, which we've summed up in a word and a section: Pollywood.

Everyone's a double threat, at the very least, these days — take a look at Emmy-nominated comedy writer Kristin Gore's newest Capitol HiU page-turner, Sammy's House and get the latest update on blogs from Arianna Huffington. What can't these ladies do?

On a more serious note, we've been silent too long about the lack of priority given to breast cancer research. Nancy G. Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, pens a heartfelt address to society in FYIDC's spotlight J on the disease and how we can fight it.

Politics and showmanship, fittingly enough, have been married throughout history — I particularly in France. There was no better way to display power and taste than by throwing a lavish event at the Versailles of Louis XIV. Luckily, WL was able to sponsor and attend "beaucoup de fetes" this past month without fear of witnessing a courtly coup by planners of the Smithsonian Con Sabor over the NIAF gala chairs, as might have happened in the Sun King's heyday.

Finally, join us at M Cafe & Bar on October 9 to usher in a week of consumerism for an excellent cause — the "Care for Kids Holiday Shopping" spree, sponsored by WL, which benefits the Children's National Medical Center. And don't forget to mark your calendars for all our other exclusive WL-sponsored events: the Lombardi Gala, the Sibley Center Benefit, Fight for Children's Fight Night and many more.

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