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Russian government refused to save the Russian bookstore Globe in Paris

During the Seasons of the Russian language and Literature in France on the verge of closure is the most famous Parisian shop of Russian book Globe, which has already become a real cultural center.

The closure of the bookstore Globe, the main Russian publishers’ distributor in downtown Paris, is associated with its financial difficulties. On the official homepage of the bookstore you can find an article under the grim title "Why Globe is going to be closed in September?" The bookstore owner explains all of the reasons which led to the actual devastation, and describes what has been done to avoid the closure.

Globe have already had difficulties for a long time and in the end asked stakeholders for advices on the situation solution. In an attempt to transform the business, it was decided to increase the Globe Internet position, update a range of books and develop additional services. It was also envisaged to start its own publishing program and cultural events that could attract the public.

But necessary funds for reorganization and repayment of debts have not been found in the last 7 months, during which, ironically, the Seasons of Russian language and literature in France and the French seasons in Russia passed. This cultural event-2012 seemed to fit perfectly into the Russian bookstore, located in the heart of the French capital. But it did not.

“Our case in Russia was heard at the highest level with the help of the Russian Embassy in France and through friendly contacts in the Russian government. Unfortunately, we mostly met with indifference or the words of support. Despite all the statements of the President and the Russian government, the development of Russian culture abroad is not a priority and grants are are not intended to bookstores,” says Francois Deweer, the Globe owner.

Now the bookstore works only in the afternoon, the entire range is selling for 50% of the cost, and its suppliers’ accounts are closed.