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For centuries, as we all know, France and Italy have fueled the creativity of aspiring artists, musicians, writers and intellectuals, initially from across Europe then in waves from across the seas. These countries have long been the go-to spots for fashionistas, serious foodies and design mavens as well. Economic uncertainty notwithstanding, the Republic of France still sets the standard for show-stopping couture, sumptuous dining and inimitable visual arts. Indeed, to this day, the land that produces the world’s choicest Champagne, cheese and chocolatnot to mention haute fashion by Chanel,
Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Lanvinshows no sign of loosening her très chic grip on the planet’s tastemakers.