Marie Antoinette's Devotees, Including Bakers, Celebrate

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France is a republic, but it still takes the story of its royals very seriously, especially if the story happens to be retold by an American.

So the release last week of "Marie Antoinette," Sofia Coppola's $40 million film, has revived a centuries-old fascination with the ancien régime's last queen.

No matter that some critics savaged the Coppola film. Even the highbrow world of French culture recognizes the power and profitability of the woman who is still portrayed by some history teachers — incorrectly — as the heartless spendthrift who told the poor to eat cake if they had no bread.

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