I speak for many, many Americans in Paris– and even French people who used to live in the States– when I say that Paris could use a good donut store. Yes, there are croissants and pains au chocolat in plenty, the pâtisseries are marvellous, and you can make your own pancakes at home without too much trouble if you really crave them. But doughnuts (the original, hardly ever used “correct” spelling) are another matter. In the States, they’re so easy to find and delicious with your morning coffee. Even if I crave one only once in a while, it’s nice to know they’re there.
But in Paris, while they have things that look like donuts, to this day I have never had a real donut. It’s one of those lacks that someone needs to step up and fill, the way Starbucks saw the need for iced drinks and free wifi, or Haägen-Dazs saw the need for decent ice cream in Europe.