National Geographic : 1989 Jul
On Assignment in France T HE IDEA came with a bang just a year ago. Editor Bill Garrett, noting that the bicentennial of the French Revolution coincided with prep arations by the European Com munity for further integration in 1992, said, "We'll never have a better moment to devote an entire issue to France." Alors! Quickly we mobilized: More than a score of photographers JAMESL. STANFIELDBYKENTJ. KOBERSTEEN STEVERAYMERBY STEVERAYMER and writers were dispatched, and during the next nine months, assisted by Claudine Ripert in Paris, crisscrossed the nearly Texas-size nation by air, train, auto, and bicycle. Senior Assistant Editors John Putman and Mary Smith, who coordi nated the issue, recall, "Our team found the French less aloof than reputed, upbeat, and keen on getting an American view of their lives and their country." NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHE NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,17TH AND M STS. N.W ., WASHINGTON,D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAID AT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SEND ADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P. 0 . BOX 2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.