Most of the pressure French women feel to be thin comes from other French women and a society that has zero-tolerance for fat.
"Fat women are seen as stupid. Their lives must be out-of-control, they are judged ugly, weird losers."
"Coco Chanel freed us from the corset more than 80 years ago - but we have fallen for a mental one instead - a silhouette of supposed perfection that is unattainable and leads to eating disorders and misery."
The tyranny of the silhouette, we call it - but it is also a kind of dream because it represents total success.
French police are investigating a possible scam involving thousands of fake tickets for Paris's Louvre museum.
Of all the scandals of the history of art, none is so scandalous as the one that took place on the evening of 29 May 1913 in Paris at the premiere of Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring.
The Rite and the riot become entangled in memory making this event, as he puts it, "some kind of gate to modernism, to the 20th Century".
"They had got themselves all ready. They didn't even let the music be played for the overture. As soon as it was known that the conductor was there, the uproar began,"
The Rue Lafayette! It sounded like an important street to me back there in New York. I thought only millionaires and pearl merchants inhabited the street. It sounds wonderful, the Rue Lafayette, when you're on the other side of the water…
One can't imagine what dumps there are on these swell streets.
Henry Miller. Tropic of cancer.