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The Bay Area is home to about 30,000 French people, and all have their unique story on how they got here, why and when and the people they’ve become while living as an expatriate.

I met Ludovic Racinet at one of his businesses, the Madrone Art Bar, in San Francisco’s North Panhandle. A French expat who’s been living in the U.S. for more than two decades, he’s now a successful business owner and a proud dad.

We chatted outside Madrone last Monday night, as many locals of the North Panhandle enjoyed the Motown on Mondays & Neighborhood night with dancing, beverages and an artsy decor.

We talked about his 21 years living and working in San Francisco being a French Expat, the local French community and the changes he’s witnessed over the years.

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  • Madrone Art Bar – 500 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
  • Tunnel Top – 601 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
  • Bouche – Next door to Tunnel Top – Currently in construction, stay tuned!