Controversial French intellectual BHL lists mansion in Tangier for $7M

Bernard Henri-Levy and his Tangier mansion

You either love him or you hate him (it seems like most of France hates him), but Bernard-Henri Lévy doesn’t seem to care. The public intellectual, known often simply as BHL, is living it up — although all that jet-setting comes with problems.

“I live part of my time in Paris, part of my time in New York, part of my time in Marrakech,” he told Bloomberg. “I have too many houses and too many places to be in the world, and alas, the year is only 52 weeks.”

The author of “Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism” is selling his palatial house in Tangier for $6.8 million.

Levy said he bought the villa in 2000, when he came across the house, and “it was the most magical spot in Tangier,” he said. “It’s at the top of a cliff, in front of Gibraltar, at the precise point where the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet.”

Levy bought the six-story, 6,400-square-foot villa in 2000.

“It was the most magical spot in Tangier,” he tells Bloomberg. “It’s at the top of a cliff, in front of Gibraltar, at the precise point where the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet.”

He tapped interior designer Andrée Putman to overhaul the house and add a touch of “Mondrian” — an artist for which the both shared a passion.

“I had the feeling that if I trusted her, she might do a sort of masterpiece,” Lévy said. “And she did.”

The renovation took roughly 5 years.

“It was a big process, with materials coming in from all over the world,” Lévy added. “We had stone from Italy, iron threads from an old factory in America, some very special wood that could only be found in one place in Canada, so it took some time.”

[Bloomberg]