I was very happy to receive your letter and the stimulating literature that accompanied it.
I have not forgotten anything of our amiable youth, although it was a little excessive. I remember quite remarkable and well-remarked drinking parties, on the Coast, with Marcel and you. And each time I cite what the scholars of today pompously call Sophia-Antipolis, I am instantly reminded of our beautiful team in Valbonne.
I understand your attachment to secularity, in which one learns to think and even to read freely. You had to be sorrowful when Comrade Jospin put his feet upon the chador. From the moment that general ideas are lost, there is not a miniscule detail that is not capable of providing the occasion to commit errors with immense consequences.
I also do not like Sollers, without knowing him, fortunately. Furthermore, I am far from being an enemy of old Bordeaux [wines], the banks of the Rhone, of the Bandol, and even authentic Beaujolais: but you understand that one cannot say everything. The reader believes in the procedure and feels the sincerity to a lesser extent.
For several years now I have indeed passed the winter and spring in the town of Arles. But I have never advanced further than Marseille and Aix, and only rarely. I especially like to go to Camargue. These days I mostly live in Paris. If you tell me a little in advance the next time that you will be here, I will invite you to lunch or dinner, according to what suits you.Affectionately, your old friend
 In Cannes.
 Marcel Chiron.
 Rene Basse was a member of the Socialist Party. [Translator's note: Lionel Jospin was a former Trotskyist who joined the Socialists in the early 1970s.]
 Phillipe Sollers, who praised Guy Debord's style of writing all through the late 1980s and 1990s.
 Translator's note: in the chapter of Panegyric devoted to alcoholic beverages.
(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol 7: Janvier 1988-Novembre 1994 by Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2008. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! December 2008. Footnotes by the publisher, except where noted.)