Originally Posted by Lenora
A new book about the friendship between Count of Paris and the French president Francois Mitterand has appeared recently in France,its title is "La Rose & Le Lys"(Francois Mitterand and Count of Paris 1986-1996).More information here:
Noblesse & Royautés » «*La rose et le lys*»
Here is a funny story- I was born in a log cabin in Montana with no electricity or running water, had limited education, but managed to make a few dollars in the China trade in the eighties. I was also always interested in France for some reason. In 1992 I moved the whole family to Paris and rented an apartment at 1 Place Vauban. I made a lot of good friends in Paris- mostly working class people like myself. Every so often I would see an old man at the mailboxes and would say hello in the way I spoke to all my other friends- " ca va? " He was always grouchy and seldom acknowledged me. Later I learned that he was the Count of Paris and wannabe be king. I'm not sure if he was grouchy because of his ongoing battle with his family or my too familiar way of speaking. I'm sure if he knew who I was and my background, he would have been even angrier to have ended up next door to such a common character. Ironically, one of the friends I made was a gendarme working at the Invalides. One day he asked if I wanted to meet the President. He gave me a pass to the Coeur D'honneur and told me to put on a suit. I went there and President Mitterand went down the line of guests and shook all our hands and then went on to award medals to various people who had been in the resistance. I managed a soft " Monsier Le President" as he shook my hand and thankfully he did not ask me anything. Another person at the ceremony really set me aback- I was sure it was Charles DeGaulle, but I knew he was dead. It turned out to be his son and a spitting image of the old man. Business forced me to return to the states, but I still love that town and may yet return.