The Concierge: A Vanishing French Institution

PRI/The World’s Gerry Hadden reports on a vanishing figure in French life — the concierge: “She — and it’s usually a she — is the person who serves as an apartment building’s messenger, housekeeper, caretaker and more.” Her replacement? The ubiquitous security door with number code. Security doors are cheaper, and they don’t gossip.

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