Friday, August 01, 2008


So, I had to go to this library (named after former President Francois Mitterand) to get an ID card to go to an archive that interested me. There are four towers (you see two in the picture, there are two more behind me) that are L-shaped and supposed to look a bit like open books.

It's a nice facility, to be sure, and a pleasant, modern part of Paris. But you have to pay to use the library. The more days you want to use it, the more you have to pay. I believe that this is deeply wrong. This is the national library of the country.

More about what is right and what is wrong with France in a future post.

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