Cultural losses, cultural gains

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1. Comic shop closure no laughing matter

January 13 was a sad day for bande dessinée fans, as the oldest, most iconic comic book shop in Paris closed after 70 years in business.

Christophe Le Bel, the owner of Album on boulevard Saint-Germain in the Latin quarter (not far from Notre-Dame cathedral), blamed financial losses, impossible rent demands and competition from larger retailers for the decision to close down. He said the rent had gone up tenfold since the 2000s and now stood at €180,000 per ...

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