How do you feel about France and French people? When I first moved to San Francisco I liked to go along with the stereotypes about French people and hated them. But I came to realize that the longer I am here, the more I miss them! Haha. French people can be a little rude and judgmental. But for the most part, what strikes me is that they are honest and straight-forward. What does Parisian Flair mean to you? Parisian Flair to me is all about the French culture and Art de vivre, which is the most valuable attribute of French people. French culture is why I love France so much and why I am so attached to it. What is romanticism? It is an art, a revolution, a new ideal. Are you romantic? I do not necessarily consider myself romantic, even though I sometimes try really hard! haha. Where did you have your most impressive French kiss? 6AM on les Champs Elysées, hands down! Your dream? Teleportation abilities
The best gift you ever made and Received? Plane tickets! Your perfect French dinner? A steak tartare and two bottles of red wine. Your favorite French wine ? A Bourgogne pinot noir. Your favorite meal(s) in France? I have so many! Among them: Thoumieux (Paris), Le Germain (Paris), Le Séraphin (Paris), Le restaurant du Palais-Royal (Paris), Le Mercière (Lyon)… Favorite French desert? Fondant au chocolat! What is your Madeleine de Proust? Waffles and Nutella / Gaufre au Nutella. Last French movie you saw? (critics) “La vie d’Adèle” / “Blue is the warmest color”. I thought it was very interesting, and controversial. I read lots of French and American critics about it. It seems like French people are a little more open about sexuality in movies, and look at it as an art rather than just sex/pornography. Favorite French movie? La Haine (1995, Mathieu Kassovitz)
Favorite movie quote? “C’est l’histoire d’une société qui tombe et qui au fur et à mesure de sa chute se répète sans cesse pour se rassurer : “Jusqu’ici tout va bien, jusqu’ici tout va bien, jusqu’ici tout va bien…” L’important c’est pas la chute, c’est l’atterrissage.” / “It’s the story of a society that is falling and that little by little in its fall, repeats itself ceaselessly to reassure itself: until that point everything is good, until here all is good … The importance is not the fall, it’s the landing” from “La Haine”. Favorite French actor? Romain Duris. Which French contemporary artist? Xavier Veilhan. Favorite French Museum? Palais de Tokyo. The French art piece that resonates the most with you? Bal au Moulin de la Galette, Montmartre by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
What is your favorite place in France? Ah…tough one! I’ll have to say Andre’s HOTEL AMOUR in Paris. What is the place that feels the most French in SF? L’Ardoise bistro and Bar Agricole. What do you miss about France? The terrasses, cafes, and pedestrian streets. Your perfume? Bleu de Chanel. Your French grooming products? Clarins and Klorane. If you had 3000 euro and you could only buy one fashion item? Classic motorcycle jacket (Black leather) – Yves Saint Laurent. If you had 3000 euro and you could buy an entire outfit? This is way too hard. I would probably go for YSL again and get a tailored black suit. I’d wear this with a simple white shirt, and Pierre Hardy sneakers. What is the quintessential French look to you? Let’s keep it simple! Dark blue jeans and black leather boots with a long sleeve tee and a leather jacket. Women can find their happiness with Céline. The French book that most moved you? L’Etranger – Albert Camus or Germinal – Emile Zola
The French poem you would want to receive? Rosemonde Gérard’s : “Car, vois-tu, chaque jour je t’aime davantage, Aujourd’hui plus qu’hier et bien moins que demain” / “Because you see, everyday I love you more. Today more than yesterday and a lot less than tomorrow”. Do you still know one by heart? Le pont Mirabeau – Guillaume Apollinaire. Your favorite French word? Why? It’s bad that it is the first thing that comes to me… but “Apero”. Cannot do better than this! I love this word because of its uniqueness and because no one was ever able to translate its true meaning into English. Your favorite French artist? Damien Saez. Best French lyrics? Patrick Bruel – Qui a le droit?
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