Monday, August 9, 2010

Lutetia Sold to Israeli Group

The Hotel Lutetia on boulevard Raspail, where I like to have a late-afternoon apéritif when I'm in Paris, has been sold to an Israeli investment group. During the Occupation it was the Paris headquarters of the German Abwehr. History is fond of irony.


Steve Erlanger has an excellent piece in the Times about Villeneuve, the Grenoble neighborhood that has been the focal point of recent conflict. It's great to see the Times doing background reporting on social conflict in France. Note to editors: please publish more of this kind of thing.

And please note this line: "The Sarkozy push on security appears to have been well-planned, ready for the spark provided by Villeneuve and another attack on the police in St.-Aignan after a Gypsy was shot dead during another car chase." Indeed.