Stars in The Var,
Of course, the closest we came to big stars was to cohabit a page with a few of them in Var-Matin, the Saint-Tropez edition of the ubiquitous Nice-Matin and Cannes-Matin, where we'd already shared inky space with the Stellar Ones at Mipcom and the Cannes Film Festival.
This time we were on the same page as Movie Star Rupert Everett, Designer Donatella Versace, Model-Party-Girl-Hilton-Hotel-Heiress Nicky Hilton, and Egyptian-born Billionaire, Harrods Proprietor and Punch Magazine Publisher Mohamed Al Fayed.
As everyone knows, Al Fayed's son Dodi was dating Princess Diana (then Lady Di) when they were both killed in a car crash in Paris on August 30, 1997. A close friend of Diana's father, Earl Spencer, Mohammed Al Fayed is said to have introduced Di to Dodi (his only son with his late first wife Samira Khashoggi, sister of Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi).on his $32 million, 190-foot yacht The Jonikal.
We saw Al Fayed's other yacht, The Sakara, an exquisitely appointed, polished wood sailing ship, just a little bigger and more elaborately accessorized than the Adria, at the Saint-Tropez Harbor among the other party yachts. And there Al Fayed was sitting on it, on the same page in Var-Matin. You can see the melancholic irony in his eyes and challenging, raised eyebrow, the bitter yet all-too-human paradox of having all those billions and yet not being able to save from death what you hold most precious in life.
We left Saint-Tropez before dawn because that night we were hosting yet another Cannes Press Club Soirée, our first gathering at our very own CPC HQ overlooking the brilliant Port du Cannes. This was a Fireworks Party, featuring the French entry into the Cannes Festival International D'Art Pyrotechnic. We munched juicy melon slices and guzzled iced rosé as we treated our eyes to a feast of fire in the sky.
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