English-language magazines and newspapers come and go in Paris. Sometimes they continue online only like the Paris Voice and Irish Eyes), other just disappear completely and leave ghost websites behind (The Paris Times). Of course, the FUSAC has been around for ages, probably because it’s just paid ads and announcements.
So it’s nice to see a new magazine that has actual content in it. It’s called, logically enough, Paris Magazine, and costs €4 at newsstands. This April/May issue includes articles on the American University of Paris, an interview with actress Leslie Caron, and the changing face of Paris (new architectural projects). There are other standards: events and expositions, shops, restaurants, and English-language resources in Paris (bookstores, etc.). The design still needs some tweaking (I hear they’re looking for a designer), but the writing is well done, and interesting whether you’re a visitor or a resident.
The other magazine I recently discovered is called “Welcome to Paris!” and is in English, French, German and Spanish. Which means that despite how thin it is, you really are only to read a quarter of it. Hmmmm. The N°0 edition has information and ads for job hunters. Personally, I don’t find this info helpful at all, and it’s not very well translated into English. It’s like reading a very long operator’s manual and still having no clue how to turn it on. Other ad sections follow FUSAC pretty closely: housing, services, personals, etc. On the plus side, it’s free.