My family and I moved to Paris in August 1974. In the beginning we stayed at a small hotel near the Jussieu campus until a house we could rent was found in the town of Bry-sur-Marne. There were many logistical problems: first of all, there was a postal strike (more than two weeks into the strike, President Giscard d’Estaing declared that it was a political strike … I wondered if there were apolitical strikes!) and the bill of lading was held up so that we could not get our personal stuff, which we had shipped from Washington, through the customs....

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