FRANCE: Too Old for Christmas

Parisian news photographers, Montparnasse salesgirls and, above all, thousands of confident, confiding children agreed as one that benevolent old Adrien Claude was the best Father Christmas that Paris had ever seen. His flowing white beard and the kindness that danced in his twinkling blue eyes were as genuine as those of the legendary Christmas saint himself. When Adrien made his appearance last year in the toy department of one of the biggest department stores on the Left Bank, children left the firm grip of parental hands with a shout of joy to...

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