Ask me about Paris
YVAN ATTAL, INTERVIEW
«Tour Eiffel», left bank and Jane Birkin: Yvan Attal’s essentials of Paris
Places to recommend, icons and habits: le most stylish among French actors portrays his city.
100% intimist interview.
The Parisian’s main character trait, and yours?
Grumpy and grouchy, like me. But I stop that as soon as I leave Paris.
The good quality you prefer about « la Parisienne »?
Elegant, never vulgar, special…
And her main flaw?
Wearing a man’s big watch …
Your favorite occupation in Paris?
Sidewalk café, newspaper, cigarette.
Ham and butter sandwich or saint-honoré pastry?
Sandwich, without any hesitation.
A mythical film scene shot in Paris?
In Un monde sans pitié, when Hippolyte Girardot turns off the Eiffel Tower in a snap of a finger.
A gallery you like in Paris?
What do nowadays women lack of?
Ask them, they know better than I do.
A coffee shop: Le Flore, Les Deux Magots or the bar downstairs?
An area you like : Saint-Germain-des-Prés or le Marais ?
A really parisienne icon: Romy, Catherine or Jane?
Jane Forever !
Left of right bank?
Always left. Even in bed, when I look at it.
Two songs you like to listen to when you go walking in Paris?
Gymnopédie N°3 by the RPA and A Song About Love from Jake Bugg.
Your favorite street?
The one I live in, and the ones around.
A colour which can sum up the city?
A pale colour.
A monument you never get tired about?
« La Tour Eiffel » !!!
A bridge : Pont des Arts or Alexandre-III ?
Your favorite dining place in Paris?
I don’t have one only … No jealous.
A park in Paris?
Tuileries - funfair - kids.
Your favorite Zadig & Voltaire shop?
The one in Vieux-Colombier Street, in Saint-Germain.
To escape the city during a weekend, what do you bring in your suitcase?
iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air. And the chargers… I’m so addicted.
Your favorite item from Zadig & Voltaire’s new collection?
The coat called Mastic.
* 18, rue de Seine (Paris VI).