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Paris I love you, me neither. The French capital often arouses strong, even epidermal reactions. The controversies are numerous on each of the projects undertaken in the city, its mayor Anne Hidalgo regularly comes under attack, even Hollywood stars are not kind to her, like Natalie Portman whose husband is the French choreographer Benjamin Millepied. There are also those who know Paris very well and are honest with it, like Edward Baer. With his new show The Journal of Paris, the artist brings together anonymous people crossed in the street, amateur artists and friends. In his interview for the magazine Parisian Weekendthe actor and director talks about this unique place openly and without embellishing reality, but with tenderness.

At 55, Edouard Baer is delighted to take the public to a Paris seen through his eye. But he is fully aware of the city’s problems. However, no virulent attacks against the city councilor as can sometimes be the case. He begins by confiding what he loves in the country’s capital: “There is no more international than Paris. This is the advantage of capitals. There are Parisians in La Guitry, people who come from elsewhere. But also others who were born here. We should all make this town our own. I like to consider it in its universality.

I have a thousand tantrums

However, his outlook has changed on certain things, he confides that he no longer wanted to live in Paris: “But I stayed because my loved ones live here. There are times when you love your city, others when you get tired of it, then when you love it again… Since I’m not leaving, I try to love it again. And that doesn’t mean finding everything great. I have a thousand tantrums. The fact that large families cannot find accommodation in Paris, that life is difficult there for the elderly who, before crossing, have to look from eight different sides… Paris still has a lot to offer when there are many of us in the streets. For that, the city has to be livable, that we can sit in the public space, settle in bars while consuming a beer or a coffee at a reasonable price. It is important that there are still places where people can meet.

His mode of travel has also changed in Paris: “I traveled for a long time on a scooter, that 20th century horse that was brought to the watering hole in gas stations. It got more complicated… I had to reinvent myself“However, he is pleased that some places still allow social diversity, such as the neighborhood of this warm Bistrot des Halles in the heart of Paris, in which he is doing his interview:”We are in the heart of Paris: the price per square meter is exorbitant but, in the street, there is still a social mix thanks to the Les Halles shopping center and the RER stations which allow you to come here from different suburbs..”

Paris was better before, certainly, thinks Edouard Baer but he rectifies while having fun: “It was the same better before I was born. I was born in the ‘it was better before.'” Nostalgic yes, but not too melancholic.

Find the full interview in the magazine The Parisian Weekend from November 18, 2022


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Deborah Acker

I write epic fantasy; self-published via KDP. Devoted dog mom to my 10 yr old GSD, Shadow! DM not a priority; slow response at best #amwriting #author.

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