Chapter

A Tattered Welcome Mat

in We'll Always Have Paris

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780226473789
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226473802 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226473802.003.0006
A Tattered Welcome Mat

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After the war was ended, many French businessmen and officials hoped that American tourist dollars would help lift their country's status. France desperately needed American tourists' dollars, because the war had wrecked the French economy. The French government kept trying to attract American tourists. Most of the young visitors experienced difficulties with the French language that inhibited all but the most superficial relationships with the French and their culture. On arriving in France, the socialites and celebrities experienced a much different Paris than the young Americans scrounging around the Left Bank. They checked into fine Right Bank hotels such as the Crillon, next door to the U.S. embassy, which was favored by the politically well connected.

Keywords: French businessmen; officials; American tourist dollars; French economy; France

Chapter.  8523 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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