Photo Courtesy of Terra Momo Restaurant Group
by Linda Arntzenius
From a simple croque monsieur at Terra Libri cafe in the Princeton Public Library to sophisticated French theater performances by L’Avant Scene, Princeton’s French Theater Workshop, French culture has put down deep roots in Princeton. Besides periodic visitors from its sister city of Colmar in Alsace, the town has a significant number of French transplants, many from Paris.
On November 13, 2015, that community was rocked by terrorist shootings in Paris.
Parisian native André Benhaïm, who joined the Princeton University faculty in 2001, was traveling when the news broke: “In a somber coincidence of sorts, like on September 11, 2001, I was on the road, driving with my sons down to Virginia. All kinds of text messages started to come in, and I pulled over at a rest stop. This is where my children and I saw it on TV. Noah, who’s 9, asked immediately if my mother, who lives in Paris, was okay. Gabriel, who’s 14, was shocked by the number of victims, which, at the time (in the first hours of the events), was not nearly as high as it was going to be.” more