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Letter from Paris

Anne-Elisabeth Moutet describes how Paris has fallen at the feet of a 72-year-old lady bountiful

A seventy two year-old lady novelist whose couture suits, pearl earrings and shoulder brooches have become ubiquitous on the coolest French television talk shows (such as Canal Plus’s Nulle Part Ailleurs) has become the unlikely heroine of the French left. She presides at grand lunches given by French industry for George Soros; and even-in effigy-at the front of workers’ marches, with banners quoting from her book.

The success of Viviane Forrester’s slim essay L’Horreur Economique, which has been on the L’Express bestseller list for one year, selling 350,000 copies since the summer of 1996, must be seen against the background…

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