Letter From Paris

Letter From Paris

3 AM: Do You Know Where Your President Is?

By 1.15.14

And to think they called him limp, soft, flaccid. The nickname behind his back was Flanby, a popular gelatinous French canned dessert. Wrong, all wrong. It turns out that President François Hollande demonstrates a firm, nay, veritably priapic virility that, at age 59, would do honor to many a fantasizing man years his junior. French presidents have long let it be known that they like an extracurricular dalliance now and then — even when it wasn’t true. It goes with the territory and improves the image in a country where the menfolk like to consider themselves sacrés baiseurs (I prefer not to translate in a family magazine). But sneaking out of the Élysée Palace on a scooter for regular midnight trysts with an actress in a nearby apartment owned by the ex-mistress of an alleged Mafioso? That sets a new record for insouciant presidential playing around even in France.

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Never on Sunday

By From the November 2013 issue

DON'T LOOK NOW, but we just might be witnessing the tentative first steps toward the beginning of a mini-revolution in France. In the land of the cherished 35-hour workweek and five weeks of vacation, brave souls are starting to question some of the very foundations of the welfare state and the limited individual freedom that goes with it. For example, whether the government should be able to dictate, for their own good of course, when, where, and how individuals can work and do their shopping. They are also wondering whether labor unions, those staunch supporters of strict regulation and big contributors to the socialist parties that create it, aren’t more interested in defending their own turf than in protecting jobs.

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The New, Progressive Marianne

By From the October 2013 issue

But we can’t see her boobs, dammit.

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Cool War With China?

By From the September 2013 issue

Much of the world thinks we’ve already lost it.

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France’s Improbable Warrior

By 9.10.13

The leader of “our oldest ally” is a mighty weak reed to lean on.

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Brother, Can You Spare A Drone?

By From the July-August 2013 issue

France's campaign in Mali exposes Europe's unpreparedness for 21st-century war.

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Celebrating Our Lady of Paris

By From the June 2013 issue

Notre Dame has been the city's grand epicenter for 850 years.

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A Nation on the Edge

By From the May 2013 issue

Is there a "French Spring" coming?

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April in Paris

By 4.11.13

Unfortunately for President Hollande, T.S. Eliot was right.