A Traveller's Tale: Better times in Paris

Nick Hood says Paris is slowly starting to recover its joie de vivre, as France climbs out of recession.

Parisians have much to celebrate these autumnal days: the Eiffel Tower is 120 years old, Asterix the Gaul is (paradoxically) only 50 and the Michelin-starred Tour D’Argent is auctioning off 18,000 bottles from its legendary wine cellar. Some lucky and non-recession-scarred bidders will be marking France’s escape from the global recession with a long-forgotten bottle of 1875 Armagnac Vieux. But elsewhere, little changes. Three of France’s largest rail workers’ unions called a strike recently. Seeking to hide behind the green lobby, the cause was not workers’ salaries, but the failure of Le Petit Président’s government to... [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND COMMENT]

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A Traveller's Tale: Better times in Paris

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