Letter From Paris

Letter From Paris

Frantic France

By 10.25.10

The perverse pleasure of non.

Letter From Paris

Here’s Looking at You, Kid

By From the September 2010 issue

Today Mona Lisa is the ultimate in kitsch.

Letter From Paris

Song of Roland Garros

By 6.11.10

The French enjoyed it, as they must, without any of their hopes getting anywhere (they never do).

Letter From Paris

What Price Supersonic Grandeur?

By From the May 2010 issue

Concorde's end came not with a whimper but a tragic bang.

Letter From Paris

Mean Little Guy, Part Deux

By 4.6.10

President Sarkozy never forgets, never lets go -- no wonder President Obama was nice to him.

Letter From Paris

In Search of Lost Identity

By From the March 2010 issue

Would Proust have known what to make of his country's vanishing identity?

Letter From Paris

Sarko’s Revenge

By 3.1.10

Unintended consequences could give France to the Socialists.

Letter From Paris

When the Party Was Over

By From the November 2009 issue

Charles Glass captures some real Americans in Paris -- under Nazi occupation.

Letter From Paris

Sarkozy’s Left Turn

By From the October 2009 issue

You probably remember: he was so unabashedly pro-American, he so admired our work ethic and free market capitalism, not to mention popular culture, that the French themselves called him Sarko l’Américain. When his Socialist political opponents sneered that Nicolas Sarkozy was “an American neoconservative with a French passport,” he proudly made the tag his own. He vacationed in New England. And when he jogged, that black T-shirt said NYPD.

During his campaign he vowed to break with what he called the old, outmoded behavior of France and put into practice ideas he had learned from studying the U.S. With him as president, by golly, the French were going to work harder and longer, pay lower taxes, and enjoy less bureaucracy and state intervention in their lives. And he was going to be our friend. One of his first state visits abroad was to Washington in November 2007, where he told the guests at a formal White House dinner, “I want to win back America’s heart.”

Letter From Paris

Still Standing Tall

By From the July 2009 - August 2009 issue

Did you hear the one about the lady who married the Eiffel Tower?