Tag Archives: Jean Paul Sartre

La liberté est choix

I’ve been writing about the many other Statues of Liberty found throughout France. Another copy is in the south of France at Saint Cyr-sur-mer. It’s one of the reduced-size models originally cast by Bartholdi. A rich local man, Anatole Ducros, … Continue reading

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Se vouloir libre, c’est aussi vouloir les autres libres

Simone de Beauvoir was born on January 9, 1908 in Paris. Her book, Les Belles Images, was the first full book I read in French at university. Her father was a frustrated actor who was forced into a career in … Continue reading

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Le marchand de la mort est mort

There’s an interesting connection between the Nobel Prize and France. In 1888, Alfred Nobel’s brother died while on vacation in Cannes in the south of France. An overzealous journalist got the facts wrong and reported that “Le marchand de la … Continue reading

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Qui a bu boira

During my first trip to Paris, I stayed in a hotel right across from the Café de Flore on Saint Germain-des-Prés, one of the mythic literary cafés in Paris. The café dates to 1887 and quickly became THE literary hangout. … Continue reading

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