Protecting Paris’ Cultural Heritage

The Hôtel de Sully Gardens–
the Route One Would Take from “Le Palace des Vosges” to Rue Saint-antoine

Protecting Paris’ Cultural Heritage

Parler Paris…
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Paris, France

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This October, Your Paris Dream Could Come True…

Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference!
October 11-12, 2008
Paris, France

If you’ve always dreamed of owning your own “pied-à-terre” in Paris or home in the Provinces of France, perhaps as a future retirement home or for now as investment property rented part of the year…this power-packed two-day conference is a MUST.

Hosted by Adrian Leeds, long time resident of Paris, Editor of the Parler Paris Nouvellettre® and French Property Insider weekly E-zine and John Howell, lead attorney for the International Law Partnership, London, these two days in Paris will point you in the right direction to make it really happen!

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Yesterday morning a group consisting of our staff, real estate agents, an architect, a contractor, a Trompe l’Oeil artist, a client and friends gathered in the courtyard at number 9 Place des Vosges to see the apartment I wrote about in Monday’s newsletter — “Le Palace des Vosges” — our newest Fractional Ownership property. My trusty Sony Cybershot had been fully charged to take “home videos” of the Place and the apartment while we all discussed what could and should be done to transform the current “shell” of a space into “Versailles.”

(The videos are on the Web site now if you want to take the tour with me. Just click on /frenchproperty/fractional/pdv/index.html and scroll down to see the three videos.)

The last “episode” of the videos was a short tour of the beautiful gardens of the Hôtel de Sully, just next door and upon turning to re-enter the Place, a man came up along side me, very dapper and professional, scurrying past me and entering Amboisie, the Michelin three-star restaurant, also at Number 9. He was none other than Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, the Minister of Culture from 2004 to 2007. He didn’t notice the snaps of the digital camera hoping to get a good shot like bad Paparazzi.

Jack Lang was the Minister of Culture from 1981 to 1993, except for one small reprieve when François Léotard had the post from 1986 to 1987. Lang lives at Number 17 Place des Vosges — I’ve had the pleasure of spotting him there, too. And if it weren’t for André Malraux, the Minister of Culture from 1959 to 1969, the Place des Vosges might not exist at all. Le Marais had long ago lost its grandeur and become a slum until Malraux responded to local initiatives to protect historic neighborhoods in 1962. In 1965, the government protected the district and drew up a plan for restoration. At the time, 30% of the residences in Le Marais had no running water and 68% had no private toilets.

Things sure have changed! Property in Place des Vosges is now close to 20,000€ per square meter and little in Le Marais, both the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, sells for under 10,000€ per square meter. Every day I thank the lucky stars for Malraux’s influence that changed the face of a once corroding district that has become Paris’ chicest residential and
commercial neighborhood.

The current Minister of Culture is Christine Albanel. She’s about to launch the 25th edition of the “Journées du Patrimoine” — the two days, September 20 and 21, when the entire country honors the cultural contributions made to the heritage of France by opening the doors and gates of monuments, museums, archeological sites, buildings, parks and gardens to the public.

This year for the first time, one day in advance on the 19th, the festival will be devoted to welcoming the handicapped to the patrimonial sites in conditions that will have been adapted to their needs. For all others, plan your program of visits by visiting the site at or from September 15th, you may visit or call 0820 202 502.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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P.S. We had a full house and a great time together yesterday afternoon at Parler Paris Après Midi! To read all about it and see the photos, visit /parlerparis/apresmidi.html.

P.P.S. Welcome to Florence Richburg, the newest member of the Adrian Leeds Group staff, who was the videographer of Video II of “Le Palace des Vosges.” Florence can be reached at [email protected] should you have any questions or need assistance from us related to any of our Web sites.

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This Week in French Property Insider…

May 2007 to May 2008, Paris Property Prices Continue to Rise
By Adrian Leeds
Statistics Provided by the Chambre des Notaires de Paris

Over the course of second quarter, from March to May 2008, Paris resale property sales were down by 7% and over the course of the year, May 2007 to May 2008, down by 20%Subscribers Read On…

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It’s this Saturday! There’s still time to register…

The Film Producing Workshop
Presented by Judith Merians
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Le Pierre du Marais

Do you want to produce the script you wrote or the literary property you optioned, start a production company so you can develop projects, or talk to producers intelligently? In the Film Producing Workshop you will learn what it means
to be a producer, what skills you need, who you do business with, how you analyze the marketplace and the buyers, how to talk to money, distributors, and producers and think like they do.

This workshop is led by Judith Merians, who has been an entertainment lawyer and studio executive, literary agent, and film school professor in Los Angeles for over 25 years.

Join us for this 3-hour workshop session sponsored by Adrian Leeds and Parler Paris.

Where: Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais in Le Marais, 96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers

Time: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Only 30€ per person!

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Come for a drink and to meet and chat with other readers in Paris…

The next gathering is October 14, 2008* and every second Tuesday of the month.

*A birthday celebration for Adrian Leeds!

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Practice speaking French and English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily. Meets three times a week — come as often as you like!

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Saturday, September 20, 2008
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