Cam­paign trail

Living France - - LES PRATIQUES -

Cam­paign­ers are try­ing to save African-Amer­i­can writer James Bald­win’s home on the Côte d’Azur from be­ing de­vel­oped into a block of lux­ury flats. The 17th-cen­tury prop­erty in the town of St-Paul-de-Vence is where the Har­lem-born writer com­posed many of his fa­mous works and en­ter­tained guests in­clud­ing Nina Si­mone and Ray Charles. It was his wish that the prop­erty be turned into an artists’ colony or res­i­dence and cam­paign­ers are hop­ing to per­suade France’s Min­istry of Cul­ture to de­clare the prop­erty part of the coun­try’s her­itage and take it over. Fail­ing that, the cam­paign­ers will try to raise more than €10m to buy the prop­erty, lo­cally known as ‘la mai­son de Jimmy’.

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