Kevin Bonnaud is French. He's also passionate about American politics.
How passionate? The 23-year-old journalism student not only forked over nearly $100 to attend an election-watching party in Paris, he made the several-hour trek from Lyon — and he needs to be back in time for classes on Wednesday.
"I hope there is a winner by morning, before my train," Bonnaud said as he watched results shown on a giant screen in a chic club near the Champs Elysees. He planned to stay all night, because he has nowhere else to go; Paris is 6 hours ahead of U.S. East Coast time.
Bonnaud got interested in U.S. elections while studying abroad in Tarrytown, N.Y., in 2010. He dreams of someday returning to the States as a reporter.
He would like to see some of the American election-night media spectacle brought to France — within limits.
"It's a great show," Bonnaud said. "But it's a long show."
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