Foreign News: The Smile and the Kick

Americans who entered Paris last week were amazed.* They had expected to find the Parisians starved, tattered, numb with oppression. Instead, the people looked about the same as they did before the Nazi occupation. The women had smart clothes and cosmetics, the children looked chubby and well-fed. There was plenty of beer and wine—even champagne.

Montparnasse's three famed cafes—the Dome, the Rotonde, the Coupole—were doing business as usual under their striped awnings, although they closed during the street fighting. The supply of painted filles seemed ample to accommodate all soldiers interested in amour. In the Rue Scribe the American Express office still...

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