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Lyon’s 400,000 Library Books Going Online

Lyon’s 400,000 Library Books Going Online

Back in July 2008 when Lyon’s local library forged a deal with Google to digitize its entire book collection, the outcry from French intellectuals served again to highlight the schizophrenia underlying Franco-American relations. France, which in 1789 took inspiration from American constitutional ideals,  is a country that in equal measure obsessively delights in and detests the United States.  So […]

Tiring of Paris? Well What About Lyon

Tiring of Paris? Well What About Lyon

Tiring of Paris well head for  Lyon and some of the hidden corners of the country’s second city — that’s the unsurprising advice from the MyLittleParis website — offered here in the little video below.  Lyon of course has an envious reputation for its cuisine. Anyone lingering a while on a downtown pavement cafe soon […]

Anti-Semitism back on the agenda in France

Anti-Semitism back on the agenda in France

As Paris July 16 remembered the 70th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv Roundup and deportation to Auschwitz of 13,152 Jewish men, women and children, signs of resurgent anti-Semitism are worrying officials in big cities such as Lyon. This time however the threats and violence are coming from disaffected “French youths of North African origin” as […]

Paris is for People with Passions

Paris is for People with Passions

Earlier generations raised with typewriters rather than ‘input devices’, will delight in this nostalgia trip around Paris with Toronto writer Norman Ball on a hunt for traces of François Lambert who spent 17 years developing the eponymous typewriter. Republished from here by kind permission of the writer who is joint publisher of the Parisian Fields […]

‘Crottoirs’ or Fertiliser Factories?

‘Crottoirs’ or Fertiliser Factories?

It can’t all be blamed on the French poo-dle but with nearly 9 million pet dogs in the country, big city sidewalks are more than ankle deep in canine poo and les citoyens appear to be tiring of hop, skip, slip and slide. “Dégueulasse — Immonde — Ignoble — Abject — Abominable” – Disgusting, Dirty, […]

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