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Jan 28, 2015

Wedding bells and curlers at Gaultier for fashion week

PARIS (Reuters) – Jean Paul Gaultier kicked off his haute couture show in Paris on Wednesday turning fashion on its head with a wedding gown – usually reserved as the final look – worn by a model with curlers in her hair.

Granted, the curlers were arranged in a chic bouffant atop the model’s head, and took nothing away from the elegance of the diaphanous silk tulle gown.

Jan 27, 2015

Lagerfeld’s winter garden blooms for Chanel in Paris fashion week

PARIS, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Karl Lagerfeld’s show for Chanel
under the soaring glass canopy of the unheated Grand Palais on a
chilly Tuesday in Paris majored on bare midriffs, a floral
dreamscape and eye-popping shades of electric blue, tangerine
and canary yellow.

Life-sized grey paper buds opened to reveal exotic
multi-coloured blooms, and clusters of oversized hand-stitched
flowers hanging heavily from hems of coats, exploding from
shoulders or swinging from full skirts cut below the knee.

Jan 26, 2015

New Philharmonic takes wing above Paris periphery

PARIS (Reuters) – In the northeast of Paris, steps from the roar of the ring road, hundreds of thousands of aluminum birds soar across the angular carapace of the new Paris Philharmonic, their inlaid wings a lyrical counterpoint to the otherwise colorless spot.

With the opening of a new symphony hall far from the capital’s elegant boulevards on former slaughterhouse grounds, Paris hopes to inspire a new generation of music lovers while revitalizing the Porte de Pantin area linking the city and under-served suburbs.

Jan 15, 2015

French attacks inquiry centres on prison “sorcerer” Beghal

PARIS (Reuters) – The French investigation into last week’s Paris shootings is exploring the possible role of Djamel Beghal, an Islamist suspected of first bringing the gunmen together and putting them on the path from impressionable youths to cold-blooded killers.

While the 49-year-old Algerian has denied through his lawyer any involvement in the attacks, judicial and prison sources have described how two of the three gunmen nonetheless fell under his spell during a joint 2005 stretch in jail and then pursued contacts with him after leaving prison.

Jan 15, 2015

Insight – French attacks inquiry centres on prison ‘sorcerer’ Beghal

PARIS (Reuters) – The French investigation into last week’s Paris shootings is exploring the possible role of Djamel Beghal, an Islamist suspected of first bringing the gunmen together and putting them on the path from impressionable youths to cold-blooded killers.

While the 49-year-old Algerian has denied through his lawyer any involvement in the attacks, judicial and prison sources have described how two of the three gunmen nonetheless fell under his spell during a joint 2005 stretch in jail and then pursued contacts with him after leaving prison.

Jan 8, 2015

Suspect’s journey from Pizza delivery to French police’s most wanted

PARIS (Reuters) – Twelve years ago, one of the two brothers suspected of the shootings at satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was a young man like many others in France, more interested in girls and smoking dope than defending the Prophet Mohammad.

But between 2003, when Cherif Kouachi delivered pizzas and dreamed of being a rap star, and Wednesday, when he and his brother were named chief suspects in the killing of 12 people in Paris, the French national went from punk to most wanted.

Jan 8, 2015

French policewoman killed in shoot-out, hunt deepens for militant killers

PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) – A policewoman was killed in a
shootout in southern Paris on Thursday, triggering searches in
the area as the manhunt widened for two brothers suspected of
killing 12 people at a satirical magazine in an apparent
Islamist militant strike.

Police sources could not immediately confirm a link with the
killings at Charlie Hebdo weekly newspaper which marked the
worst attack on French soil for decades and which national
leaders and allied states described as an assault on democracy.

Jan 8, 2015

France mourns as manhunt for suspects in militant attack continues

PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) – French police extended a manhunt on
Thursday for two brothers suspected of killing 12 people at a
satirical magazine in Paris in a presumed Islamist militant
strike that national leaders and allied states described as an
assault on democracy.

France began a day of mourning for the journalists and
police officers shot dead on Wednesday morning by black-hooded
gunmen using Kalashnikov assault rifles. French tricolour flags
flew at half mast throughout the country.

Jan 7, 2015

Suspected Islamists kill 12 in Paris attack on satirical weekly

PARIS, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Hooded gunmen stormed the Paris
offices of a satirical magazine known for lampooning Islam and
other religions on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people in the
most deadly militant attack on French soil in decades.

Police staged a huge manhunt for the attackers who escaped
after shooting dead some of France’s top cartoonists at the
Charlie Hebdo weekly, as well as two police officers.

Dec 15, 2014

Truffles and turkeys await Christmas tables at “Belly of Paris”

RUNGIS, France, Dec 15 (Reuters) – At the temple to
gastronomy outside Paris, Rungis market, Marinette shows off a
tray of fat white truffles from Italy, at 1,800 euros a kilo
($1,000 per pound).

“Put your nose in there,” she tells her customers, who brave
the early morning hours to supply restaurants and retailers
throughout France and beyond during the lead-up to Christmas.

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      "Alexandria covers general news in the busy Paris bureau, focusing on politics, courts, crime and terrorism. When not covering political crises in the French government, criminal investigations, high-profile trials or visits by foreign diplomats, she can be found writing about fashion, culture and style at Paris Fashion Week or the Cannes Film Festival. Before Paris, Alexandria wrote about the business side of the apparel industry and e-commerce in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She has been with Reuters since 2004. Earlier assignments have included the Michael Jackson molestation trial, Louisiana's BP oil spill, marijuana legalization in California and polygamy in ..."
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