A Comment on the NY Times:
France embodies everything religious zealots everywhere hate: enjoyment of life here on earth in a myriad of ways: a fragrant cup of coffee and buttery croissant in the morning, beautiful women in short dresses smiling freely on the street, the smell of warm bread, a bottle of wine shared with friends, a dab of perfume, the right not to believe in any god, not to worry about calories, to flirt and smoke and enjoy sex outside of marriage, to read any book you want, the opportunity of education for all, to play, to laugh, to argue. to make fun of gods, prelates and politicians alike, to leave worrying about the afterlife to the dead.
No country does life on Earth better than the French.
Paris, we love you. We cry for you. You are mourning but we know you'll laugh again, sing again and make love and heal because loving life is your essence.
Photo: Catherine Deneuve photographed in Paris by Helmut Newton for Esquire, 1976.