While I was in Paris in early December, I went to the Eglise de St Germain des Pres to sit, reflect, and enjoy the Christmas mood. Like most churches, this had more Japanese tourists taking photos of the stained glass windows than worshippers. I was chased out by the sight of a homeless guy a few rows in front of me, picking his nose.
Now there's news that Johnny Hallyday's daughter, the actress Laura Smet, tried to kill herself with alcohol and pills in that same sanctuary today. Dayum.
Looks like the church is in need of an exorcism. Or at least a taste of Buddhist re-centering.