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Mona Lisa, Michelangelo, Michallon, err McDo?

Louvre Visitor Guide by Cathy Wilcox

Louvre Visitor Guide by Cathy Wilcox

Somehow this escaped my attention until today – a new McDonald’s restaurant and McCafé due to open in the Louvre next month! It will be housed at the rather dashing Galerie du Carrousel (du Louvre), which I must admit to find hard to imagine how the McDo fits in, as claimed by museum spokeperson.

According to London Telegraph :

… the museum told the Daily Telegraph it had agreed to a “quality” McCafé and a McDonald’s in place by the end of the year, which it said was “is in line with the museum’s image”.

“The Louvre welcomes the fact that the entirety of visitors and customers, French or foreign, can enjoy such a rich and varied restaurant offer, whether in the museum area or gallery,” the museum said in a statement.

The McDonald’s would represent the “American segment” of a new “food court”, and would be situated “among (other) world cuisines and coffee shops,” it wrote.

It added that the franchise owner “has taken the utmost care in ensuring the quality of the project, both in culinary and aesthetic terms”.



Seriously, how does a fast-food restaurant fit in the image of a world class museum AND a former palace? This is not just about McDo. Had this been Quick or any other fast-food chain, I’m still going to think along the line “goodness, this is blasphemous!”.

For so long, the boutiques at the Carrousel du Louvre have been mainly home and beauty products, newsagents, watch shop and the likes. The divergence into fast-food is pretty stretched, in order to have common ground. (I have never been all that pleased with Autogrill that’s currently there either but that’s another story.)

Moreover, why would fast-food be promoted in this day and age within a cultural centre when obesity is a global problem? The bottom-line is profit margin I guess. Feed the masses, herd them in and out quickly, make it self-service so less employees are needed (I believe premium space like Louvre should be awarded only if there are job created and maintained) etc.

I can’t help but feel, this is a dark day for arts and culture, and well-being.

Chinese new year

New year was yesterday, but traditionnaly in Paris, the “street parties” are on the 1st week-end following the chinese new year.  For the complete details of the week-end you can check this site.

As it’s a street carnival, there will be lots of traffic jam… so use tram or velib (plenty of stations/bicycle at porte de choisy).

Edit: link restored

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christmas is around the corner

One thing I can say about Paris…….it is beautiful during christmas.


Enquête judiciaire lancée contre son blog

La maire de Puteaux dépense 71.000 euros pour attaquer, l’auteur était poursuivi pour diffamation pour avoir reproduit sur son blog un article du Parisien.


Est-il le prochain président français ?


Is he really the spawn of satan? Whats the deal with M. Sarkozy?


Are The French Rude, Cowards, who Hate Americans?

There are many stereotypes that bug me. People naturally think in generalizations and stereotypes so it isn’t easy to identify them 100% of the time. The obvious ones are racist, sexist or just plain ridiculous: Mexicans are lazy, and Asians are good in math, women are bad drivers, Pollock’s are stupid, blacks can’t swim and the French are rude. Let’s stop and take a good look at that last one, “The French are Rude.” Who are these people that like to say French people are rude? Why do they say that and what do they all have in common?


On veut détruire la ferme de Monsouris

C’est une des dernières fermes (la dernière?) et la commission du vieux Paris accepte la démolition d’un batiment de ce site.

Diffamation sur myspace

Une directrice adjointe poursuit deux adolescents pour diffamation. Les espaces personnels sur Myspace sont un véritable phénomène de mode, ils sont espaces de libre expression, en particulier auprès des adolescents. Les gamins doivent faire attention à ce qu’ils écrivent… mys.bmp

Vachement Bizarre


Si si, je le trouve vachement bizarre, toujours et toujours, qui je peux etre assis dans mon petit appartement à Paris, en train de regarder le lancement du nouveau fusil vers le vide…

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