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I don't quite understand this inclination to think wishfully that the French cannot quite afford what they have.
I'll second this thought. My French cousins, while not second-home owners, are world travelers who live very comfortable bourgeois lives in Cannes. As is the case with my wife and myself, they are professionals---affluent, not rich. Oddly, they complain about their colleagues' vocal resentment of their occasional indulgence, such as their Porsche (purchased used), as not befitting their social station (no kidding here!). They much prefer American attitudes toward consumption, however conspicuous (which is to say most indifferent, unless, of course, by those hypothetical welfare Cadillac owners).

How can anyone enjoy a cup of coffee from a cardboard or styrofoam cup that smells more like sawdust than coffee? I don't get it.
Now, New York is noted for its $4 complete breakfast (and I do mean complete), available at just about any coffee shop before 11:30. But nothing beats the French equivalent--un grand crème avec fiçelle ou croissant--taken in a local café, about 30 ffr in Paris.

Schvitz, about to pump another out of his Pavoni
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