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The other day I found a flyer in my postbox inviting me to the opening of the square Moro-Giafferi in the presence of the mayor of the 14th arrondissement. The square has been undergoing a make-over which I have been following close-up as I pass there...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

Breakfast in Paris, lunch in Antwerp and back in Paris for dinner? This is what I did on Sunday, and I felt so decadent and so much like a "woman of the world"! On the International Women's Day Thalys had a special offer for all women: book your ticket...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris

In 1990 I did a law course about European law as part of my law degree. One of the basic cases to be studied was a 1979 decision of the European Court of Justice about the right to import alcohol from another country in the European Communities, as it...

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Tag(s) : #Away from Paris

The calendar might show that it is spring as from today, but the reality is a different story. Whilst the winter is dragging on, the organisers of cultural events are trying to make us believe that spring is here. It has just been Printemps du Ciné where...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris

Along the Seine on the boarder between Asnières-sur-Seine and Gennevilliers lots of wasteland is being converted into office and living spaces as industries are closing down. Between the RER line and the former Citroen plant the margarine plant Astra-Calvé...

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Judging from the tomb stones in the animal cimetary in Asnières-sur-Seine the favourite pets of the French would be a poodle called Kiki, a boxer called Ulysse and a cocker spaniel called Cochonette ("piggy" in English). In 1898 a law was passed to allow...

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Paris' dream of hosting the summer Olympics 2012 was crushed in July 2005 when a majority of 54 against 50 elected London. Most had been convinced that Paris would win the right to host the games because, among others, "The Olympic Village would provide...

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It was pure coincidence, but the week that the tax inspector came to the company where I work, I was also invited to see a comedy about a tax inspection...... On Saturday night at the Théâtre des Nouveautés Gerard Jugnot played a poor unemployed man who...

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Tag(s) : #Living in Paris