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The only argument I have ever won with Colliot-Thelene

Speaking of Grégoire’s:  I once walked by there with my distinguished colleague Jean-Louis Colliot-Thélène, and remarked to him that it was a really good French take-out.

“It is a contradiction,” he said gravely.

“No, seriously,” I told him, “it’s take out but it’s run by a real French chef.”

“If he were really French,” Colliot-Thélène said, “he would not run a take-out.”

At which point there was nothing for it but for C-T to go into the restaurant himself to question Grégoire about his national origins.

Colliot-Thélène came out and we walked together for a while in silence.  Eventually he said, “That is a very unusual Frenchman.”

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