Art & Commerce: Debra Goldman's Consumer Republic

Global citizens share an appetite for overeating
First it was Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger movies pulling in the crowd on the Champs Elysees, reducing French cinema to an also-ran in the era of global entertainment. Then it was English, the lingua franca of world pop culture, contaminating the Latinate purity of the mother tongue as dictated by the Academie de Francaise.
Today, the fight to preserve the patrimony of France has moved to ground zero of national identity: the dinner table.

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