Agnès Poirier’s book Left Bank is a celebration of art, passion and the resurgence of Paris from 1940-1950, after the horrors of the Occupation. It weaves together a captivating group of artists, intellectuals, writers and musicians, including Simone de Beauvoir, Miles Davis, Saul Bellow, Alberto Giacometti and James Baldwin. At the same time, London was struggling with repression and post-war deprivation. What does that tell us about Anglo-French opposites and how they are playing out in the era of Brexit and the #MeToo campaign? Journalist and broadcaster Agnès Poirier, who has a foot in both camps, discusses cross-Channel sympathies and antipathies with Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse.
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