The Flore Cafe is a café in the Saint-Germain des Pres quarter in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, the crossing of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Benoit. Access at 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, Metro Saint-Germain des Prés, tel: 01 45 48 55 26
The coffee still works very well, even if known bosses have moved and that tourists have invaded the tables: The scenery is always the same and the menu of omelets, salads, sandwiches and more.
The Flore Cafe is a place of intense literary activity. In 1959 Henri Cartier-Bresson has photographed it the Magnum agency fixing the eternal cliché of Sartre and Beauvoir like in their office of Saint-Germain des Prés. A world existential heritage! The man in black coat, hair wise disorder and mobile at the ear, like walking blindly along the boulevard, is probably the famous BHL, or Frédéric Beigbeder (oh, not Henry Miller or brave Ernest Hemingway) who went to Flora debit jingles of immortal letters to a French journalist and critic (Assouline)? And the little dark haired eccentric looking woman, you recognize, of course, is Amelie Nothomb. Celebrities have their habits, not just the evening of literary prize.
The Flore Cafe is born with the 3rd Republic around 1887. It bears the name of the little deity carved on the other side of the Boulevard Saint-Germain des Pres. Charles Maurras will make his Paris apartment on the first floor where he wrote the Signe de Flore (sign of Flora). The founders of the Action Française (French Action) met with him. Maurras's book is the echo of their debates whose descendants still claim the doctrine. Many intellectuals like Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir had their habits on other ideological purposes. Home places of intellectual movements, associations like the liberal Liberté Chérie (Freedom Darling) regularly hold their conferences there. In September the board gives its Flore Award to a young author of talent considered promising. The Café witnessed great moments in literature and cinema from surrealists, who were soon followed by the directors of the New Wave generation. The Café de Flore was also the place of rendez-vous of existentialist Simone de Beauvoir that wrote Le sang des autres (The Blood of Others) in this café, and Sartre his Chemin de la liberté 'Roads to Freedom). Grandfather of existentialism and the figure of resistance, he appeared regularly on the place during the Second World War, carrying his leather jacket and beret. Camus, Picasso and Apollinaire also frequented the Flore, one of the most famous coffees in the world, struggling to retain his aura of Rive Gauche (Left Bank) despite the hordes of visitors from around the world.
Alexandre made a lot of work for ApartRental, from the tour eiffel (see photo), to the arc the triomphe (see photo) or the cathédrale notre dame (see photo), including the famous Café de Flore, halfway between the hyper-realism and digital color neo-impressionism. It is a fine example which revives the tradition of the great Andre Renoux. And those who believe that the art of Alexandre is all there, I invite them to see a movie that was designed entirely from the screenplay to the final idea for the video clip of the famous tube la vie en rose (life in pink) of Fab'M, that strike it successfully at this moment in Parisian circles. In this clip, everything is drawn by hand or with special effects.
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