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The Good, the Bad and the Truly Ugly

October 21, 2020By Heidi EllisonWhat's New Potpourri
The Louvre and its Pyramid © 2012 Musée du Louvre/Olivier Ouadah
The Louvre and its Pyramid © 2012 Musée du Louvre/Olivier Ouadah

A compendium of good reads about Paris and France in English.

French museums

Now that he can’t visit it because of travel restrictions, writer Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker has written a paean to the Louvre of the mind.

Those who object to the past looting of artifacts from French colonies are becoming increasingly vocal. Hyperallergic reports that a French court has just fined a group of activists for symbolically removing a funerary post from a display at the Musée du Quai Branly.

The Guardian has a story on how China ordered the curators at the Château des Ducs de Bretagne history museum in Nantes to remove the name of Genghis Khan from an exhibition on Genghis Khan.


If you have a hard time picturing Paris with no nightlife, Euronews went out into the streets after the 9pm curfew and snapped some shots. 

Cliché check

In the wake of the controversy over the clichés in the Netflix series “Emily in Paris,” a Frenchwoman protests the stereotypes that brand her and her sœurs as universally thin, sexy and glamorous in The Local.

Speaking of clichés, The Local also has a piece on the French frog-farming industry


On the subject that is on everyone’s mind in France – the horrendous murder of schoolteacher Samuel Paty for showing his students some of Charlie Hebdo’s images of Muhammad – the Guardian reports that French teachers are refusing to be intimidated.

#MeToo (#BalanceTonPorc)

More women are coming forward to accuse modeling-agency head Gérald Marie of sexual assault.


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