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In the narrow streets of Saint Germain, where buildings seem to sag under the weight of their literary heritage, the doors and windows of XXI magazine are left wide open, and fresh air blows through the offices. Simply known as “vingt et un”, the magazine was launched in 2008, just as the death of print journalism was hastily being announced.

Laurent Beccaria, head of independent publishing house Les Arènes, and renowned journalist Patrick de Saint-Exupéry, had decided to launch the ­magazine they wished existed. “The aim was to create a post…



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