Romance: Remembrance Of Loves Past

Remembrance Of Loves Past

Ah, first love. Everyone can recall the earliest flutter of the heart, even (or especially?) French Presidents. "I disappeared each day between the noon and evening meals . . . waiting long hours ((for her)) hidden behind a sand dune," writes Francois Mitterrand about the first time he was smitten, at 15. Mitterrand's poignant reminiscence of pursuing -- and failing to catch -- an unnamed girl during a family vacation in Belgium appears in Their Very First Time, which goes on sale in France this week. The volume includes the romantic flashbacks of 95 other notables, including generals, civil servants and...

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