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Mar 6, 2014

Study highlights high absenteeism in French public sector

PARIS (Reuters) – French public sector workers take an average of nearly a month off beyond annual leave, according to a report that highlighted problems facing President Francois Hollande as he seeks to streamline public offices and bring down France’s deficit.

French public spending is among the highest in the world and due to hit 57 percent of national output this year. State workers make up one fifth of France’s total employed ranks and their salaries account for a quarter of public expenditure.

Mar 4, 2014

Picasso “at home” in renovated Parisian museum

PARIS, March 4 (Reuters) – “Every act of creation is first
an act of destruction,” said Pablo Picasso, a fitting aphorism
for the five-year renovation of the Picasso Museum in Paris now
reaching its finale.

Since 2009, art lovers in the city that Spanish-born Picasso
adopted as his own have been turned away from the doors of the
Hotel Sale on the Right Bank, the sight of cranes and
scaffolding replacing that of Minotaurs and guitars.

Mar 3, 2014

Paris fashion week zips up, flounces, and soars to outer space

PARIS (Reuters) – Designers at Paris fashion week mixed spectacle and showbiz to swing the fashion spotlight away from Hollywood’s Oscars, with enough zippers, fringing and space-age chic to keep the photographers busy.

Under the ornate ceiling of the Opera Garnier on Monday, British designer Stella McCartney presented sinewy zippers embroidered into parkas and sweaters in a collection with a 1970s vibe.

Feb 28, 2014

Grey skies don’t deter Rihanna at Paris fashion week

PARIS, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Rainy skies did not deter the
fashionistas from gathering this week in Paris – with singer
Rihanna this season’s front-row “It” girl – as the Fall/Winter
ready-to-wear collections promised cold weather looks to warm
the iciest of hearts.

As winter refused to say goodbye in the City of Light, Dior
head designer Raf Simons resuscitated his “flower woman” on
Friday, this time sheathing her in doubled-breasted power suits
with white laces up the sides.

Feb 17, 2014

France’s Hollande promises tax stability to foreign businesses

PARIS, Feb 17 (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande
appealed to foreign business leaders to invest in France on
Monday, offering them simpler and more stable tax policies as
his unpopular government tries to spur growth and create jobs.

Hosting 30 heads of French units of foreign companies at his
Elysee Palace, Hollande pledged to guarantee that taxes on an
investment would not rise later – as has happened in the past –
and VAT and duty rules for firms would be streamlined this year.

Feb 16, 2014

Spotlight on ex-first lady Bruni as France’s Sarkozy eyes comeback

PARIS, Feb 16 (Reuters) – As he quietly bides his time
preparing a possible 2017 political comeback, former French
President Nicolas Sarkozy has a winning asset very much in the
spotlight – his wife.

Beaming from billboards, magazines and the stage,
singer-songwriter and ex-supermodel Carla Bruni has embraced her
post-first lady life in a very public way, resuming her career
while generating media buzz over the future plans of her

Feb 10, 2014

French taxi drivers jam roads protesting unlicensed cabs

PARIS (Reuters) – A one-day taxi strike snarled rush-hour traffic in France’s two largest cities on Monday with drivers protesting competition from unregulated cabs in a battle that underscores tension over efforts to liberalize protected French markets.

Taxi drivers in Paris blocked highways leading from Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports into the city centre, while traffic was paralyzed on two main arteries leading into Marseille.

Jan 29, 2014

High stakes in Paris race to be first “Madame Mayor”

PARIS, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Wanted: Chief executive to run
city of two million, seat of government, top global tourist
destination and fashion capital. Relevant experience
appreciated. Men need not apply.

Paris elects a new mayor this spring who will, barring
accidents, be a woman – either a businesslike Socialist with a
fat contacts book and an army of volunteers, or a youthful
conservative whose Botticelli hair and penchant for playing the
harp belie a naked ambition to be president of France.

Jan 22, 2014

Butterflies take flight on Jean Paul Gaultier’s Paris catwalk

PARIS, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Butterfly show-girls fluttered
down the Jean Paul Gaultier catwalk in Paris on Wednesday, as
the French designer transformed his haute couture gowns into
delicate ethereal creations with silky wings in multicoloured

Never one to eschew drama, Gaultier added volume to sleeves
and collars, bodices and skirts to create magnificent,
light-as-air wings in silks, organzas and crisp cottons for his
Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

Jan 21, 2014

Chanel models in sorbet pink skip down stairs at Paris fashion show

PARIS (Reuters) – While most other fashion designers may settle for the usual trappings of their business – a dark room, straight runway and phalanx of bored-looking models – Karl Lagerfeld likes to have fun.

For Chanel’s haute couture collection in Paris on Tuesday, creative director Lagerfeld presented no less than an orchestra, a revolving stage, two curving staircases and over 60 suits and dresses in sorbet shades for Spring/Summer 2014.

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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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