John Pearce: Author and Part-Time Parisian

Musings on Paris, books, and whatever else catches my attention

Charlie Hebdo: The yawning gap between fact and fear, La Marseillaise, and moving national ceremonies in Paris

Count on The Economist to bring complicated issues into sharp focus with a single well-constructed graphic, such as the one it published on the day of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. (See it here on the Graphic Detail blog. ($)) But first,… Continue Reading →

The French 9/11

I wasn’t going to post about Charlie Hebdo because — what can you say? But I thought the front-page picture from tomorrow’s issue of Le Monde was so striking I couldn’t pass it by: If you’d like to receive my… Continue Reading →

This is really a big deal …

The NYT reports today that France has agreed to pay $60 million to compensate Holocaust victims who were deported on the French National Railways during World War II. The agreement will have to be approved by the French Parliament, which should not… Continue Reading →

Will we catch up with Europe in credit-card security at last?

I WRITE ABOUT PARIS, but this story is true there and absolutely every other place in Europe: You go to the restaurant, and all around you the locals are paying with plastic. They push their card into the small wireless machine… Continue Reading →

Flyover tour of Paris on iOS

There’s a neat new feature in Apple’s MAPS app under iOS – Flyover. It’s available for several major cities, but of course I think the Paris one is the neatest. Open Maps on the iPhone or iPad and search for… Continue Reading →

KOBO: Selling your ebook worldwide

In the United States, Amazon is the colossus of the ebook market but elsewhere the big name is Kobo, the Canadian firm that manufactures e-book readers and offers four million e-books to read on them. After two years of marketing… Continue Reading →

The Eiffel Tower’s 30-million-euro facelift — and glass floor

At 125 years old, the Eiffel Tower is under almost constant painting and renovation, but the most recent has a crowd-scaring twist. The city has just spent 30 million euros updating the first floor, 180 feet above the ground. In… Continue Reading →

LOVE LOCKS, R.I.P.

Followup to my post of Aug. 30 For five years, lovers in Paris have demonstrated their eternal fealty by attaching padlocks to the Pont des Arts, an elegant old footbridge that connects the Louvre Museum to the Institut de France… Continue Reading →

Finding your way around Paris by public transit

Paris has one of the most advanced public transit systems in the western world. Subway trains (the métro) run every one or two minutes during rush hours, and only slightly less often at other times. Buses on the busiest lines… Continue Reading →

The American Queen of Paris Real Estate

Adrian Leeds came to Paris twenty years ago with a husband and a baby and a plan to stay one year. The baby is now a grown daughter, the husband is no longer in the picture, and she’s become the… Continue Reading →

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