American Dreams Live On in Paris

PARIS — There are few signs of austerity here in Paris, where tourists still happily pay the equivalent of $4 for single macaroons from Ladurée on the Champs Elysées, and willingly spend hundreds of dollars on pumps at Christian Louboutin on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. If they can get a pair, that is — a challenge retail clerks seem only mildly interested in addressing. “Do you have these shoes in a size 35?” asked a customer with admittedly smaller than average feet. “No,” the clerk replied. “Can you call another one of your stores to see if they have them?” the customer continued. “No,” the clerk said. “It is not my job.” Read more…

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