Among the royals who frequented La Mère Poulard were the Prince and Princess Takamatsu, of the Japanese imperial family, and numerous Russian princes and princesses in exile after the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, where they drowned their sorrows with merry soirees that would end in the early hours of the morning. There is no doubt that Annette Poulard would have appreciated that on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of her inn, the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain and the President François Mitterand of France came together there over a delicious omelet to discuss the world’s problems. Likewise, she would have been proud to hear that her establishment had accommodated the Allied liberators after the 1944 Normandy Landings, and that in the difficult years that followed, General Patton, General Bradley, and Field Marshal Montgomery had enjoyed their meals.
Ernest Hemingway, the American writer and highly committed war correspondent, would regain his strength at the inn of La Mère Poulard, so that he could go on to describe the events of the landing, including the famous breakthrough by General Patton in one of the decisive battles for the liberation of France and Europe that took place a few miles away from Mont-Saint-Michel, at Avranches, which was completely destroyed at the time.
Mère Poulard would also have appreciated the remark made several years earlier by the French singer and bon vivant, Maurice Chevalier, who described his stay in these words: “Splendid place— delicious food, good service — charming proprietors — I’ll be back!”
Because La Mère Poulard also belongs to the artists who loved the Mont and the legendary inn, we will mention a number of them, in the style of a poem by Prévert, another of the establishment’s great fans: Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Bernard Buffet, Foujita, Jean Cocteau, Marcel Pagnol, André Malraux, Françoise Sagan, Ernest Hemingway, Claudette Colbert, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Glenn Close, Eric Von Stroheim, Clark Gable, Jean Gabin, Yves Montand, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charlton Heston, Woody Allen, Juliette Binoche, Sophie Marceau, Charlotte Rampling, Eva Longoria, Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Michel Piccoli, Arthur Rubinstein, Dalida, Maurice Chevalier, Édith Piaf, Florent Pagny, Jean-Michel Jarre, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Inès de la Fressange, Laetitia Casta…