Issue number 20. «C’est Extra !» as Léo Ferré used to sing. And not only because twenty is a round and symbolic number but because Extras is the name of our new space for the Newsletter and Newsflash that provides you with numerous advantages, for free! Register now! Any other extras? This issue gives pride of place to nature, to the sun and the water. A foretaste of the holidays before our three summer specials. Next issue on July 24th!



  • 20- News qui court 11

    21 juillet. 21ème étape qui clôture aujourd'hui le 100ème Tour de France. Pour célébrer l'événement, l'arrivée se fera exceptionnellement en soirée sur les Champs-Élysées et les coureurs feront, pour la première fois, le tour complet de l'Arc de Triomphe illuminé. En parlant de première fois, sur cette photo, Le Café « Le réveil matin », le jour du départ de la première étape du premier Tour de France. C'était en 1903.

  • 20- Respect

    Photo © l'Acharnœur


The day it all started, passers-by watched with amusement, even scepticism as a man planted flowers at the foot of a tree on rue Ordener in Paris. Two months later everything has changed. The inhabitants applaud him now, thrilled with the tiny gardens that punctuate their route.

The original urge was spontaneous. Muriel, the florist, looked out on the tree across from her shop and the rubbish piling up around it. She cleaned it up and planted a few seeds but all of this went unnoticed. She then talked to Olivier, an artist friend. Together they decided to plant flowers already in bloom. And why not move on to the next tree? And why not do the same thing the following week? 

A short month later, passers-by started to stop, look, talk. A mini-vegetable patch with local kids sprouted up… A bit cutesy and «candide»? Far from it! As «cultivating one’s garden», unlike what Voltaire said, can change the order of things and create a social connection. This completely free action appears to have awoken a level of communication that goes well beyond just conversation. The flowers get damaged by a badly parked bike? A little chat with the owner reveals the fact that there really isn’t anywhere to lock a bike easily. So a proposal is made to install a special metal ring on a wooden post. Slowly, the public space is reworked to try to cater to everyone’s needs. And without breaking any local government regulations.

Today, the wear and tear is minimal. People even pick up cigarette butts and maintain the little patches of earth. This nice idea has spread to other neighbourhoods. Of course it is not the first of its kind. Movements such as «Guerrilla Gardening» have been around for a long time. Here the operation has been named  «Qui s’aime sème» and it is totally without a party line. No association, no organic, green or spiritual discourse. Everyone has their own ideas and remains free to express and act on them. And it seems to be working fantastically well. What a nice surprise !

Marie Veyrier

• For more information about «Qui s'aime sème» 


  • 20- Beurk

    Photo © Odile Berthemy


We’re always open to new ideas that improve our everyday lives. But not at any cost. Not if things are absurd. Not if it means a society turned upside down by making education a mere Pavlovian reflex. We’re talking about the wetness indicators on disposable nappies. A subject that is more serious than it appears.

They are design to alert parents or to «train» kids. For parents, there is a strip that changes colour… Why not, if it prevents having to open and check the nappy over and over. But things are getting out of control with the recent addition of a smartphone app that beeps via bluetooth when the nappy needs to be changed. Seriously! The pretext is that it helps to avoid nappy rash, but some parents see it as a chance to avoid feeling, sniffing or simply going from one room to another to check their kid is ok. Honestly!

For the younger ones, there are nappies with Disney characters on them where the picture disappears when wet so the kid understands he or she must go to the toilet «to learn the difference between wet and dry». Progress does not always mean progress. Doesn’t learning the difference between dry and wet just mean… feeling wet? Apparently, learning has become a visual and not a sensory issue. Sight instead of touch. Soon, to «teach» our kids to read, will we make them smell paper? Smell instead of hearing? The way things are going, we can’t rule it out. 

At the same time, the nappy industry is in trouble, to an extent. They have to keep selling nappies that have been perfected to such an extent over time that absorption is reaching optimum levels. It is impossible to tell whether this will have consequences on the normal evolution of things. In order to get us to swallow anything, the marketing men never go «dry».

Bianca Alberti




They are untouchable.
Whether they are the guilty one or the victim. The violent or the “provocateur”.
Whatever they do, they are in the right and can never be called into question or have the finger pointed at them.

One is called Bertrand Cantat, the other was called Clément Méric.
They are entirely unrelated. One killed Marie Trintignant. The other was killed in a fight for which he appears to have been partly responsible.

The minute the Trintignant tragedy went public, it became clear that that in certain circles it was inappropriate not to immediately defend the lead singer from Noir Désir. A sort of protective cordon was created, notably in the pages of the «Inrockuptibles». To the extent that some articles even cleared the singing star with subversive lyrics. Ten years later, a book has just been published claiming that Cantat, once he was released from prison, pushed his wife to suicide.

On the subject of Clément Méric, the protective cordon comes from «Libération»: it is forbidden to ask «who started the fight», the far-right militant or Méric, the far-left militant, despite a posthumous video that doesn’t work in his favour.

Because, only the ideas count? The fight for ideas, regardless of the actual fight.
It’s a well-known fact, looking at things straight seems 

Maurice Achard


A book, a film, a piece of music... a few years, decades or centuries later. When culture never stops blooming.
  • 20- Floraison

    Françoise Dorléac and Jean-Paul Belmondo in «l'Homme de Rio»


In theory, a week-long holiday is supposed to be a break. It’s a bit short to plan much of an escape or expedition to the other end of the world. Unless your name is Adrien Dufourquet and you are the main character in Philippe de Broca’s film «L’Homme de Rio».

It all starts in Paris at the gare de Lyon. And it ends in the same place, eight days later on the 14 :55 train. Between the two there are kidnappings, an impromptu trip to Brazil, car chases, fights, kisses, encounters with bandits and crocodiles, escapades in planes and on bikes… And that’s just for starters!

«L’Homme de Rio» is the quintessential action film. It covers all bases : the unexpected, geographical distances, discoveries, intrigue, and adventure. It doesn’t stop for eight days compressed into two hours. A young Jean-Paul Belmondo gifts us his face, his inimitable acting style, his cheeky humour, his stunts. He gives us his all, even some of the slides and falls don’t seem planned, thanks to a particularly well written script by Philippe de Broca. It’s all great. Great actor, great director. 

Obviously, the film which came out in 1964, is a little dated. But it is like an old postcard with beautiful cars and slightly faded colours. It is also quite like a comic strip with its «cartoon» characters : the smart tyke, the insufferable yet irresistible spoilt girl, the bad guy with his borsalino… 

Whatever happens, it does so 100%. Without any special effects or 3D. This makes the film even more legendary at a time when the spectacular comes from digital effects rather than extraordinary situations. It precedes «Romancing the Stone» and «Raiders of the Lost Ark». And with reason, Steven Spielberg was heavily influenced by it!

In short, this film takes you on a trip in your couch. No holiday on the horizon? Don’t be so sure.

• Watch the perfect movie trailer
• Buy the film on Amazon 


It is often said that fashion can be greedy. Or that it is a question of taste. If we were to apply those two ideas really, what would we get? We would get this incredible series signed Fulvio Bonavia.

Agent : Noucha Shahbazi - lebookmaker.com

  • 20- Foodoir

    Photo © Odile Berthemy


Mushrooms in July, what an idea! As if we were already planning the Autumn, looking forward to the rain that makes the undergrowth so welcoming. No, in fact we are being optimistic, trusting the forecast! There are plants whose harvest is constant as they don’t need the sun to ripen. They can be eaten anywhere and at anytime, and they are champignons de Paris, little white umbrella-shaped mushrooms from Paris. 

They are officially known as «champignons de couche», due to new European regulations (to avoid conflict over regional provenance), it is less pretty but does refer to the way they are produced. The Agaricus bisporus is grown intensively on mushroom farms – all over the globe but for the most part in China and it represents three quarters of the world’s mushroom harvest. In France, the most important mushroom farms are in the Tours region and have been since 1895, a part of the country that is suited to troglodyte living and underground organisms. 

So why are they called «champignons de Paris» ? Because years ago, they were grown in disused quarries in the Paris region, and this is still the case today!

Paris mushrooms are easily recognisable with their round, white, smooth head and their pink blades that turn to ochre then brown. The head is joined to the stalk by a veil that opens slowly. They do grow wild but this is rare. Their cousin, the agaricus campestris (aka the «rosé des près») can be picked in the field  - or on straw. But these cryptic, chlorophyll-less organisms are not vegetables ! Nevertheless they are very nutritious and contain minerals (copper, selenium), vitamins B2, B3, D and phosphorous. They are widely appreciated for their aid in intestinal health.

We appreciate the astonishing way they go with everything, turning us into really inventive cooks despite the simplicity of our recipes: salads, kebabs, and in all kinds of sauces. And even if we’re not taking a vacation, Greek-style mushrooms are a great way to travel!


• Grow your own mushrooms in only three days with these all-in-one kits (that give four to six harvests over a period of three to four months!)



It’s the audiovisual starter’s gun for the annual summer holidays and has been for many years. And this, the hundredth edition of the Tour de France was all the more important as it wasn’t clear that the summer had actually arrived. The Tour was even clever enough to start from Corsica which assured us of a summery image: the sky, the sun and the sea. The «île de beauté» complete with close-ups of the essential sites to visit, with running commentary from Jean-Paul Ollivier and music to set the mood. 

It must be said, the Tour de France is also an actual tour of France in a helicopter, for the benefit and pleasure of viewers.
It is true that the broadcast of a complete stage can feel never-ending, the race bearing striking similarities to the previous day’s race (breaks by cyclists that are caught just at the finish line or the long wait for the final, fatal climb…). Above all, the cyclists seem to be less interesting than the surrounding countryside (or the pre-race advertisers).
So, along the course of the race, we contemplate the beauty of France, listening carefully as Ollivier tells us about these magical places, reading his notes conscientiously without missing a date or an anecdote. 

Jean-Paul Ollivier is like a primary school teacher, or a history/geography teacher. In the middle of July. And the Tour has strangely become France’s favourite homework.

To access more informations about the one-off
or limited edition items, click on the different windows!

Let It Be - 63€

Created by two jewellery fans (including the ex-founder of Mercerie Moderne), Let It Be is a Parisian brand that is still quite low key. The charm lies in a collection of cheeky, sometimes ecumenical pieces but are not worn just as symbols. On the contrary: Let It Be is aimed at the liberated men or women who have decided to be themselves, instead of defining herself relative to others… Who wear Let It Be lay claim to nothing, except beauty!




This bracelet is a key piece in the collection. It is made from soft leather and white metal, it is both chic and gothic, ultra-precious and rock and roll. The clasp dresses the wrist with a refinement and originality that attracts all women, regardless of their age or style. A stand-out piece sold exclusively on l’Acharnœur and also available without the skull.


Price: 63€ with skull.
58€ without skull.

Without skull item or with a bow also avalaible.


- Leather bracelet
- Bracelet chain in plate silver
- Skull clasp in stainless Zamac 
- Sizes available: 32cm, 34 or 36cm (made-to-measure on request)

Let It Be Men - 54€

Created by two jewellery fans (including the ex-founder of Mercerie Moderne), Let It Be is a Parisian brand that is still quite low key. The charm lies in a collection of cheeky, sometimes ecumenical pieces but are not worn just as symbols. On the contrary: Let It Be is aimed at the liberated men or women who have decided to be themselves, instead of defining herself relative to others… Who wear Let It Be lay claim to nothing, except beauty!




This bracelet is a key piece in the collection. It is made from leather and white magnetic metal, it is both male and chic, elegant and rock and roll. Perfect alliance between sobriety and confirmed style. A stand-out piece sold exclusively on l’Acharnœur.


Price: 54€ 


- Leather bracelet with "piqûre selleir"
- Magnetic clasp in silvered Zamac 
- Sizes available: 20cm or 22cm (made-to-measure on request)

A venir


Aline Lang - 80€

Aline Lang is a photographer and graphic artist who one day, for fun, drew a bracelet watch like a piece of film. A designer at Cartier, Omega, liked it and oriented her into watch face design. Her first watch was for the bicentenary of the French revolution. Since then she has designed over forty watches, including one for the Bibliothèque nationale. Her rare and unusual creations are born from her inspiration and are produced as limited editions.




The Gallops watch. An homage to chronophotography (the decomposition of a movement by a succession of photographs) and to Muybridge’s work that in 1878, proved that the four legs of a horse leave the ground at the same time when the horse gallops. This watch was first made by a big luxury house before being edited by the Musée d’Orsay. Its leather bracelet and particularly flat face makes this version timeless.


Limited edition. 10 pieces available.
Price: 80 €.

Gallops Watch


- Case in chromed brass
- Black leather bracelet 
- Quartz movement
- Made in France, Alsace.


Cyrto is extremely shy and prefers the shadows to the light. She is an illustrator and graphic artist and is spending more and more time on her true calling: creating fantastic worlds from her own emotion, impulse and imagination. She invents but does not reinvent. She follows no trend or influence but instead takes all her inspiration from her inner self. Her uniquely artistic approach will soon be visible through her writing and directing.




The whole idea comes from the glove as second skin. Cyrto creates indelible designs on gloves evoking ramifications, sketches… connections. Each piece is unique and comes only from her imagination. There are no rules, no hierarchy, the cells form every instant and grow together through paths and encounters. Her lines tell of a fantastic world that is almost invisible to the naked eye. Between tattoo art and a pseudo-botanic vision, the lines of the hand take on a new meaning.


Gloves made to order. 


The approach is entirely artistic. The final piece is handed over in exchange for an envelope in which the client « gives » the amount they wish.


The Acharnœur will act as intermediary but takes no commission. For more information: avenue@acharnoeur.com

Illustration from Cyrto Art.


- Light-coloured gloves supplied by the client
- Unique drawings done in indelible ink 
- Time required: two weeks
- Price of piece fixed by the client
- Delivery costs extra (6€ minimum for France)

Gabriella de Galzain - 125€

She used to work under the name «Frénétik». Today Gabriella de Galzain is coming out of hiding and is launching her eponymous brand. She makes baroque, romantic, rock n’ roll jewellery that expresses a bohemian spirit of elegance and freedom, paying homage to the most beautiful icons. Her undeniable talent can be seen in brooches, necklaces, earrings, cuff-links… She counts many stars among her greatest fans and some of her pieces tell the most beautiful stories. 




We requested an homage to the Eiffel Tower. Only for l'Acharnœur, Gabriella de Galzain came up with this timeless yet contemporary brooch. The blend of off-whites means it can be worn at all times. Pearls, chains, crystals, ceramic flowers… The codes of elegance and femininity with an essential touch of impertinence. All the audacity of the “Grand Dame” herself.

Item made to order. 
Special price: 125€ taxes inclued

«La Parisienne» brooch


- Resin beading and icons
- Resin flowers, glass cabochon, crystal Swarovski rhinestones
- Base in silver-plated copper
- Silver-plated brass chains
- Icon high : 10cm
- Total high (with chains) : 24 cm 

They asked us to talk about this.
We like it so we're doing it… Our way !
  • 19- Corruption

    Photo © D.R.


«Select My Sound». The name is simple but sums up the principle perfectly: choose the best tracks to create a playlist that reveals the identity of a place or a brand. And when we say the «best tracks», we mean it. As «Select My sound» goes looking all over the world, and in places you wouldn’t expect. This gives rise to compilations with strong character, both singular and specific. Classic tracks appear alongside previously unheard tunes, new talent and future idols taken from all registers, from pop to electronica via jazz or world music. You only need to go on the «Select My Sound» facebook page to listen to the gems that regularly appear to admit that the founder’s ear and selections are unique.

But, who is behind «Select My Sound»? A music fan! Laurent Mereu-Boulch, the founder and artistic manager has been a music journo since 1996 and now works for Madame Figaro interviewing the biggest stars (Björk, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Daft Punk, Lady Gaga…). His experience and the people he has met over the years have led him to discover and open up to many sounds. He has done the sound design for Hôtel Particulier in Montmartre and the Hôtel du Cadran near the Champ de Mars. His designs evolve from one season to the next as «Select my Sound» also offers «living» playlists. A way of regularly sharing little bursts of emotion.

Interested in hearing something? «Select My Sound» presents the Acharnœur in five tracks and has promised updates every month… New sounds to be enjoyed in our «News qui court» section…

L'Acharnœur in music :
- Burt Bacharach, «Made in Paris» (don't look the clip!)
- Shawn Lee, «Hapiness»
- Betrand Belin, «Un deluge»
- Cascadeur, «Ghost surfer»
- Yan Wagner, «The only One» (featuring Etienne Daho)
- Divine Comedy, «The Bookslovers»


• To rock out, check out «Select My Sound» on Facebook
• To hire «Select my Sound» for an event or a brand: laurent.mereu@gmail.com 




It doesn’t protect the head, but it does protect the face. From both sun and rain! This season’s multitasking accessory will also cheer you up with its fluorescent touch…

7€. On sale in C&A stores.


Ponton de Letraz
74320 Sévrier

The lake at Annecy. With its transparent water, heavenly colours, little hidden beaches. To discover «nature» in a different way in Europe’s purest lake, you have to take The Boat. It is an eleven metre catamaran that takes you on unique nautical trips and adventures. Arnaud, professional skipper for over 20 years let’s you go with the flow, or play sailor… Regardless, the experience is always beautiful and pleasant. Go «à la carte» or organise a special event, The Boat can take up to twelve passengers. All aboard !


  • 20- Station
  • 20- Quotichien

    Illustration © Charlot


The show happens during the summer in the hypermarkets of France! When «protected» Parisians arrive with wide eyes at the start of every holiday. The locals can find it amusing.

It is true that in comparison with Monop’, Carrefour City and other neighbourhood supermarkets, the big Auchans, Leclercs and Carrefours are quite impressive. To begin with, the trolley is size XXL. The neophyte can be spotted immediately through their driving: gliding to the left, then to the right, trying to stay on track. Bumper cars for some, veritable chicken dance for others…

Once inside it’s pure ecstasy. Despite the cold from the extreme air conditioning for those in mini shorts and backless tops, while the locals are well covered. Parisians find themselves in sections of the store they would never have expected: haberdashery, home improvements… They’ve been meaning to buy a tube of grout for the bathroom. And that toaster is a real bargain… And suddenly the trolley fills up with stuff destined for the suitcases going back to Paris and not the kitchen cupboards of the summer rental. 

The tour goes on to the DVDs on promotion, the ready-to-wear section for more bargains... Next thing, they’ve been in the store an hour and still haven’t reached the food. It’s time! Unfortunately, there is no map of the store like in a theme park. Newcomers spend their time looking up for signs, blocking the alleyways… And once they get to the ice-cream aisle, they can’t move, the choice is so vast it’s like being in a toy shop!

Finally it is time to go to the checkout. The XXL trolley is full to the brim of useless stuff! Another trip will be needed soon, but a good tourist learns their lesson. Next time, a whole morning won’t be wasted buying rubbish! Before coming back, they will have probably tested all the price comparison sites. 



What the wardrobes, walls or drawers of our teenage bedroom
say about who we are today.
  • 20- Junior Suite

    «Les vraies planches» Photo © E.B.


It was my holiday bedroom, in my grand-parent’s house. When I say my room: there were four of us sharing it! Two sets of bunk beds in a little room for me, my sister and our two cousins. A flat share before our time with our own specific set of rules: not much room for our clothes so we were allowed to leave them lying around, beds never made, the door closed at night and morning sleep-in a given. The room was in the basement conversion. To get there you could go through the separate front door through the garden, or down the stairs that were more like a ladder and through a back basement. The adults didn’t visit often, it was our territory.

It was where I spent the best summers of my life. When I was small, I experienced my first terrors. I remember the night my cousin told us the story of «The Shining» in the dark. The tiniest shaft of light or the slightest cat sound made us jump. No one had the nerve to go pee afterwards. As I got older we stuck posters of Prince and Madonna on the wall that my grand-father would remove, shocked by what they were wearing. Then there were the hours spent talking, with my sister and my cousin, about boys. They were given nicknames and we would write their names on the underside of the top bunks so that they would be in our thoughts as we slept… Later on, we would spend hours trying to find the right clothes to wear to go out, the scent of too much perfume blending with the smell of our shoes… 

Today I don’t sleep down there anymore, I’ve left it to the younger ones. But I always go down for a look any time I’m in the house. It beats any pilgrimage in terms of finding a little lightness and «touching base» before going back to adulthood. The beds are still there and the writing on the bunks too. They are like legends that our little cousins like to hear us «explain» as they write their own dreams. It is a sacred place where the flame of insouciance is passed on.

B.A. from an interview with Elise B.



  • Publisher/Editor
    Virginie Achard
  • Artistic Director
    Perrine Lebas
  • Web design
    Franck Biehler
  • Contributors
    Maurice Achard, Bianca Alberti, Bruno Lancelot, Elido, Marie Veyrier, Stéphanie Norris
  • Translator
    Tresi Murphy


Fulvio Bonavia

Noucha Shahbazi - lebookmaker.com 


Odile Berthemy, E.B., l'Acharnœur