Yesterday evening we all tuned in to watch the livestreamed concert of Madonna in Paris. And though we knew what to expect–nudity and swastikas have been part of Madge’s MDNA world tour since the beginning–she had already managed to rub the people of France the wrong way when she put up the Nazi symbol on the face of the new French party leader, Marine Le Pen. On Bastille Day, no less!
The leader of the far-right party has already threatened to sue the pop sensation, which she probably assumed would only help sell tickets.
The plan worked, sort of: turning her “small engagement” at the Olympia Club last night into a mob scene.
George Whitman, the owner of the legendary Paris bookstore Shakespeare & Co., died yesterday at the age of 98. Known for extending hospitality to writers on Parisian sojourns, Mr. Whitman’s bookstore carried on a literary dream long after that dream died. Alexander Nazaryan remembers his stay there at Read More
While in Paris for the recent couture week, I found a pink iPhone under my seat at the Chanel show. No one called to claim it, so I’m sharing the file below, with hopes that the owner will read it and be in touch.
Hi from Couture in Paris. I’m Mitzi and I’m 10, and Read More
Steve Schwarzman is taking a trip to the City of Lights, Reuters reports, offering clarity to a vague report last week that the Blackstone CEO was going somewhere in Europe, but no one knew exactly where. Says Reuters:
Schwarzman has close ties to France. He knows French President Nicolas Sarkozy well, Read More
Disgraced Tour de France winner adopts an “I’m taking you all with me” stance [NYT]
“Beef Hampers Rap Museum.” [WSJ]
Third deputy mayor departs Bloomberg administration [WNYC]
Dumbo is the new Madison Avenue [WSJ]
Is The Good Wife the new Read More
With apartments fetching an average price of $7,500 per square foot, Fifth Avenue ranked third place in a new survey of the top 10 most expensive residential streets in the world from Barclay’s Wealth Bulletin. But if you thought top-tier residential prices in Manhattan were stratospheric, take a look at the two most Read More
Wowza! Apparently they buy buildings in Paris too.
Naturally, it’s a bunch of burly American I-bankers who made the biggest single-asset deal in European history.
Lehman Brothers has purchased Coeur Defense, a series of five buildings, from Goldman Sachs for 2.11 billion euros, or $2.8 billion U.S. dollars. It’s a record for the overseas bunch. Read More
As he did with Balthazar, Keith McNally has once again set a stage where the play is about eating and the actors are the diners. This time it’s not a Paris bistro, but a rustic trattoria somewhere in the hills of Italy. Morandi’s low, beamed ceiling is hung with wooden chandeliers topped with small brown Read More
Going Dutch: Basic Instinct Director Plumbs His Homeland’s Past
“We didn’t sleep one hour—not one hour,” said German actor Sebastian Koch, describing the Oscar-night fêting of his last film, The Lives of Others, a surprise win for Best Foreign-Language Film this year. “We had an invitation at the Governor’s Ball. And then, after, the Germans Read More