When to write about France and the French

Article proposed by author Marilyn Z. Tomlins. Once, I was told that one must never write about a country while living there. The reason is because only once one has left a country can one be objective about it. Objectivity was once very important: do not express your opinion, just tell the story, rookie journalists used to be told by their editors. These days, though, with technology having become what it is, the rule is not to leave out any details about a story as someone else may steal your scoop with a tweet. I’ve been living in Paris now for … well, I’ve stopped counting the years … but I began writing about France and the French kind of from my first months here when I lived in an attic near to the Pompidou Center and which was six floors up and there was no elevator in the very old building. Not that that bothered me because climbing stairs gave me no problem. Today, it does – a little. But there is an elevator in the building where I live now though it does break down…
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