From the news, you'd think the planes to France are full of unemployed nannies. as everyone in Manhattan gets in line for an upgrade to the hot, new $100,000 Mandarin-speaking model.
There was that Jan. 16 BBC story I linked to a couple of weeks ago, which came just a few days after a story in the China Daily, which was actually a syndicated rerun of a story in Spiegel [if the embedded text from a Spiegel promo didn't tip you off, the writer's gloating over the "extreme annoyance of French governesses, who are finding it hard to defend their traditional dominance over Manhattan's nurseries against competition from the Far East" left little doubt. Don't get me started on the "$1 million villa" on the Hudson with a swingset in the backyard.]
And then today, there's a story in Crain's NY, too, which features a little UWS girl named Hilton Augusta Rogers and her nanny Shirley...but wait, that's the name of the girl in the Spiegel/China Daily story. And now that you mention it, isn't that the name of the girl in the "Chinese Nannies Take Manhattan" story in NY Magazine last April? Why, yes, yes it is. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought every kid on the UWS was named Isabella, not Hilton Augusta. My two-part read on this: story-pinching reporters outside the US have never heard of Google, or there is only one Mandarin-speaking nanny in Manhattan, and she's got a kick-ass publicist.