Paris Je T'Aime is a portmanteau film, in which 18 international directors compose a 5 minute postcard - like love story each set in a different arondissement
support, of a French "territorial home guard," designed, in the words of Socialist defense minister Jules Moch, "to struggle as much against infiltration of fifth columns as against sudden attacks from the exterior." (63) This defense network contained both rural and urban sections, with units at the "city, arondissement
, enterprise, company, [and] administrative" levels--a hierarchical plan that resembled the paramilitary structure in Italy.
We met in a little cafe in Pigalle, in the populous Eighteenth Arondissement
of Paris, where Makine has been living for many years.
There were other streets than those of the sixth arondissement
. Camus died far from Paris, a writer of world stature, though the controversies have yet to be resolved about the nature of this necessarily complex man.
The Societe des Gens de Lettres, located in the lush Hotel de Massa in the 14th arondissement
, defends 'culture' not authors, French publishers can still treat literary agents with contempt (indeed, the latter are barely in business), contracts are scandalously biased in favour of the publisher, and authors rarely know what they are signing: in France they have no one to turn to.
This is Paris-Plage, as they call it, Paris-by-the-Sea, the 21st arondissement
of the French capital, with a resident population of 5,000, swollen to around 90,000 once the townies buzz down in their 4x4s - Deauville tractors as they're known in these parts - to paddle and promenade in style.