Jean Paul Sartre’s favourite Paris cafe has been sold, but the ghosts of existentialism live onFrance’s best-known postwar literary cafe, the Flore in St Germain-des-Prés, has changed hands for more than £1.2m but the new proprietors have had to agree that it will remain a shrine for Jean-Paul Sartre and his friends. The former proprietor, Paul Boubal, now 74, is to keep his own table in the corner of the cafe on the Boulevard St Germain, retaining links with the days when Sartre, Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir were among his regulars during and after the war.The red moleskin seating and the 30s-style interior which Boubal installed when he took over in 1939 will be preserved, while visitors will still be able to sit at Sartre’s corner table and use de Beauvoir’s teapot.Boubal, a round, shrewd man from the Auvergne, has himself become a monument in the quartier, while the price of the cafe’s sale is an indication of the continuing profits St Germain-des-Prés makes out of the golden postwar period. Its new proprietor, Miroslav Siljegovic, already owns other Paris cafes, including Le Depart on the nearby Place de St Michel.The Flore may be the last identifiable intellectual cafe …read more

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