Fresh Insights From France’s Old Newspapers

“When Mr. Toscano arrived in France in 1986 as the Paris correspondent for the Italian economic daily Italia Oggi, he started to collect post-World War II French newspapers. He was convinced that if he wanted to portray France as it was in the 1980s, he had to first “get a sense of what had happened in the country after the traumatizing event that was World War II,” he said. But what was first a quest to educate himself quickly became a passion, and for the past 30 years he has been collecting English- and French-language newspapers dating as far back as 1673 to the 1960s.”

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