21st may 2004
ne tirez pas sur le pianiste

In France they kiss on Main Street - but they'd rather be in Peoria. France's love affair with all things American dates back to the end of the First War, and it's still firing on all cylinders. The cult of celebrity, the claiming of figures such as Chaplin ('Charlot') or Jerry Lewis ('Le Roi du Crazy') continues. In small provincial towns the longing to escape to Broadway or Hollywood is sometimes so intense that the very infrastructure trembles. Certain celebrities (even those beached on the shores of the infomercial) attract such volumes of fan-mail that the post office has trouble coping with the phenomenon, and has to adjust its working practices: