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December 8, 2021By Heidi EllisonWhat's New Potpourri
Notre Dame Cathedral being restored in 1847. Photo: Hippolyte Bayard
Notre Dame Cathedral being restored in 1847. Photo: Hippolyte Bayard
Outcry over Notre Dame restoration

The scary word “Disneyfication” has been used to describe the proposal for the renovation of the interior of Notre Dame Cathedral, which calls for sound and light installations and multilingual explanations of Christianity. (Artnet News)

The art of Sophie Calle

A look at the work of the sometimes controversial but always fascinating French artist. (The New Yorker)

Josephine Baker at rest in the Pantheon

She had numerous strikes against her as a Black American woman entertainer. Until recently, Josephine Baker would never have been considered for the honor of being buried in the Pantheon, once reserved for “great men.” The unthinkable has occurred. (Los Angeles Times)

World’s 1,000 best restaurants …

From the French point of view, that is. Guy Savoy is once again rated as the world’s best on LA LISTE 2022. Check out the full list. (La Liste)

Is Paris hell for ex-pats?

Paris ranked near the bottom in a recent survey of ex-pat satisfaction. (The Local)

Another ultra-right candidate

As expected, far-right TV commentator Éric Zemmour, known for his anti-immigration stance and warped versions of French history, has announced his candidacy for the 2022 French presidential race. (The New Yorker)


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