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Feb 13, 2015

German growth vaults expectations, France remains in doldrums

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – Germany’s economy grew by a robust 0.7 percent in the last quarter of 2014, well above forecasts, while France continued to wallow, official data showed on Friday.

The revival of Europe’s largest economy followed stagnation over the previous two quarters. It had been expected to expand by 0.3 percent.

Feb 12, 2015

Paris mulling potential 6.2 billion euro bid for 2024 Games

PARIS (Reuters) – The mayor of Paris said the French capital had the “heart” for a potential 2024 Olympics bid but further reflection was needed as a feasibility study put the potential cost at 6.2 billion euros ($7.05 billion).

Paris, still smarting after a loss to London for the 2012 Games, is one of several cities mulling a candidacy for 2024, including Istanbul, Budapest, Berlin and Hamburg. Boston and Rome have already announced their candidacy.

Feb 10, 2015

Ex-IMF head Strauss-Kahn testifies in French sex ring trial

LILLE, France (Reuters) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief who was tipped to become French president before being accused of sexual assault by a New York maid in 2011, will testify to a criminal court on Tuesday over his alleged role in sex parties with prostitutes.

The allegations that he participated in a French sex ring have dogged the once prominent Socialist ever since criminal charges were dropped against him in the New York case and he settled a civil case with chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo.

Feb 2, 2015

Special Report – For French investors, a Euro Disney nightmare

PARIS (Reuters) – When Edith Zemirou bought Euro Disney stock two decades ago, she expected a decent return and her own small share in Mickey Mouse magic.    In 1989, the Walt Disney Company announced a public share offering of its young European arm. It was the continent’s largest-ever IPO to that point and analysts said Euro Disney stock promised “good long-term returns.”

    Zemirou bought in, and has regretted it ever since. Her original 1992 investment would have lost 95 percent of its value by now. “It’s too bad they didn’t give us paper share certificates,” said the grandmother and former high school principal, who still has 100 shares worth about 3 euros ($3.4)each. “At least we could have framed them, as souvenirs.”

Feb 2, 2015

For French investors, a Euro Disney nightmare

PARIS, Feb 2 (Reuters) – When Edith Zemirou bought Euro
Disney stock two decades ago, she expected a decent return and
her own small share in Mickey Mouse magic.

In 1989, the Walt Disney Company announced a public share
offering of its young European arm. It was the continent’s
largest-ever IPO to that point and analysts said Euro Disney
stock promised “good long-term returns.”

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 16, 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 16, 2015

French attacks inquiry centres on prison “sorcerer” Beghal

PARIS, Jan 15 (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.

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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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