Paris bookshop shows French love for Asia-Pacific

19th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

If new stores are any indication of social trends, this week's launch of a specialist Australia-New Zealand bookstore underlines a growing appetite in France for the culture of the region.

Paris - If new stores are any indication of social trends, this week's launch of a specialist Australia-New Zealand bookstore underlines a growing appetite in France for the culture of the region.

"There is a growing attraction for Oceania," said New Zealander Mark Oremland who opened the Antipodes Bookshop, the fourth boutique in the same Paris street dedicated to the region, following a travel agency, a "Kiwi" restaurant, and a store selling regional food, wine and crafts.

Perhaps because of the 2011 Rugby World Cup or last year's movie "Australia" starring Nicole Kidman, interest in Australia and New Zealand is growing, he said, adding: "Our street is a South Pacific pole."

The rise and fall of Paris' last Australian bookshop is chronicled in a critically-acclaimed 2006 book titled "Left Bank Waltz" in which Elaine Lewis recounts the opening of her bookstore in the mid-1990s and how it was closed down by French bureaucrats.

AFP/Expatica

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