Who would have possibly thought that the French would be interested in the sometimes sexist, hard-drinking, cigarette-smoking, sexually uninhabited culture perpetuated by the hit AMC show?
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner was presented Tuesday with the Vermeil medal for cultural and other contributions to society. Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe’s top official handed out the award and said, “We just want you to be a citizen of Paris. Move out of America and move to Paris!” Weiner gushed in reply that, “I fell in love with Paris through the movies,” adding that it was “very meaningful” to be given the award. It’s unknown whether the pair then got a room such was the love on show.
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Weiner had the familiar faces of Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris), and John Slattery (Roger Sterling), by his side at Paris’ City Hall. They also had promotional duties to perform as the high-definition premiere of the show begins on France’s Sundance Channel next week.
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The paparazzi mobbed the three as they entered and left the ceremony, but they were no doubt delighted to temporarily swap Madison Avenue for the likes of the Champs-Elysées. (via AP)