Paris Update Press Review

This Week's Good Reads about Paris and France

July 13, 2022By Heidi EllisonWhat's New Potpourri
An aerial view of the future Notre Dame Cathedral seen from the back. Photo: Studio Alma pour le Groupement BBS
An aerial view of the future Notre Dame Cathedral seen from the back. Photo: Studio Alma pour le Groupement BBS
GREENING NOTRE DAME

The new landscape design, by Bas Smets, for the environs of Notre Dame calls for more greenery, a cooling system for the parvis and an underground archaeological museum in a former parking lot. (The Guardian)

THE SPIRIT OF NOTRE DAME

Speaking of Notre Dame, sound artist Bill Fontana is proving that the cathedral’s famous bells have not been completely silenced by the fire of 2019. He is streaming their constant vibrations, which reflect the life of the city around them. (Smithsonian Magazine)

READ UP ON FRANCE

Suggestions for summer reading that will give you a good overview of French history and life in France today. (The Local)

PRINCELY PALACE PAINTINGS REVEALED

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco, resplendent with newly discovered and restored 16th-century frescoes, has reopened to the public. (ARTnews)

PROTECTING FRANCE’S NATURAL WONDERS

Access to certain fragile natural sites like Étretat in Normandy may be limited because of damage caused by overwhelming numbers of visitors. (France 24)

WHAT’S NEXT IN FRANCE?

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has laid out the government’s plans for the coming five years, including the re-nationalization of the EDF, the French electric utility. (The Local)

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