Our daily baguette
The price of the sacred baguette may soon increase due to the rising costs of wheat and energy. Will another revolution follow? (Euronews)
French Donald Trump?
The xenophobic Éric Zemmour, avowed (but not officially announced) far-right candidate for the French presidential election in April 2022, admits to modeling his style of that of the ex-American president. (Vanity Fair)
Clearing the air in Paris
Another presidential candidate, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who at the moment seems to have little chance of winning, has won admirers and detractors for her plan to make Paris “100-percent bikeable.” (France 24)
Genius or devil?
Louis-Ferdinand Céline was a both great novelist and a virulent anti-Semite who collaborated with the Germans during World War II. The discovery of long-lost manuscripts has thrown the French literary world into turmoil. (The New York Times)
The queen’s and empress’s jewels
Two diamond bracelets belonging to Marie-Antoinette sold for an astounding 7.46m Swiss francs yesterday at Christie’s. (The Guardian) Meanwhile, two tiaras and other jewelry belonging to 18th-century trendsetter Empress Josephine will go on the auction block in December. (Smithsonian Magazine)
French porn industry under investigation
A year-long investigation of the French porn industry has resulted in rape charges being filed against four actors after dozens of women came forward with allegations of abuse. (France 24)