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Jul 17, 2013

French Socialists seek to clamp down on illegal Roma camps

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Socialists unveiled a bill on Wednesday that would make it easier for officials to evict itinerant Roma from illegal settlements, a politically sensitive move aimed at quelling growing frustration with the semi-nomadic people.

The ruling party has been careful to distance itself from the 2010 policy of former President Nicolas Sarkozy who launched a programme to deport thousands of Roma back to Romania and Bulgaria from illegal camps, a measure the Socialists condemned and which drew censure from the European Commission.

Jul 14, 2013

U.N. pens deal for unarmed surveillance drones over Congo

PARIS (Reuters) – U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo will begin using unarmed drones on a trial basis to monitor its war-torn east, the head of peacekeeping operations told Reuters on Sunday.

U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous, in Paris to attend France’s Independence Day celebrations, told Reuters a deal signed on Friday with an unnamed company would allow for a “complete picture of what is happening” on the ground.

Jul 3, 2013

Feline frenzy meets Fellini on Gaultier’s Paris catwalk

PARIS, July 3 (Reuters) – Jean Paul Gaultier sent glittering
panthers and clowns down the runway on Wednesday as the French
designer tapped into feline glamour and Fellini-esque nostalgia
for his Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 haute couture collection.

On the last full day of shows at the prestigious Paris
fashion week, he put on a highly theatrical display of outfits
sewn from leather, feathers and velvet, and named “Catwoman,”
“Pink Panther” and “Cruella de Ville”.

Jul 3, 2013

Feline frenzy meets Fellini at Gaultier’s Paris fashion show

PARIS, July 3 (Reuters) – Jean Paul Gaultier sent glittering
panthers and colourful clowns down the runway on Wednesday as
the French designer tapped into feline glamour and Fellini-esque
nostalgia for his Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 haute couture
collection.

Gaultier, often labelled the bad boy of French fashion for
his irreverence and camp sense of fun, presented a highly
theatrical show as part of Paris fashion week in which looks
inspired by felines and Federico Fellini shared centre stage.

Jul 2, 2013

All the world’s a Chanel stage at Paris fashion week

PARIS, July 2 (Reuters) – The faded beauty of a crumbling
theatre, whose curtain opened to reveal an ultra-modern skyline,
was the backdrop to Chanel’s haute couture show on Tuesday which
designer Karl Lagerfeld described as a mix of “tradition with
the future.”

Models walking across the stage and into the audience seated
in old wooden theatre chairs showed off a glittery collection
that played with proportions. Marked by doubled short skirts and
wide low-slung belts, Lagerfeld also added long columned dresses
in greys, silvers and blacks and a high dose of gunmetal blue.

Jul 2, 2013

All the world is a stage for Chanel at Paris fashion week

PARIS, July 2 (Reuters) – The faded beauty of a crumbling
theatre, whose curtain opened to reveal an ultra-modern skyline,
was the backdrop to Chanel’s haute couture show on Tuesday which
designer Karl Lagerfeld described as a mix of “tradition with
the future.”

Models walking across the stage and into the audience seated
in old wooden theatre chairs showed off a glittery collection
that played with proportions. Marked by doubled short skirts and
wide low-slung belts, Lagerfeld also added long columned dresses
in greys, silvers and blacks and a high dose of gunmetal blue.

Jul 1, 2013

Dior show at Paris fashion week is round-the-globe tour

PARIS (Reuters) – Celebrated French fashion house Christian Dior sprung for a luxury jet-set tour of the globe at Paris fashion week on Monday, presenting a cross-continental look at haute couture with a collection inspired by the four corners of the world.

Women from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa were the inspiration for Dior’s artistic director, Raf Simons, in his Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Haute Couture show, a collection of over 50 looks that unfolded like a smorgasbord of luxe.

Jun 25, 2013

French police arrest cell with possible Syria link

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s interior minister said on Tuesday that police had arrested three suspected Jihadists whom a security expert said were part of a group sending Islamist fighters to Syria.

Socialist President Francois Hollande has made clamping down on violent cells and self-radicalized “lone-wolf” operators planning domestic attacks a top priority since an al Qaeda-inspired gunman shot dead seven people in March 2012.

May 29, 2013

Attack on French soldier had religious motivation: prosecutor

PARIS (Reuters) – A Muslim convert arrested on suspicion of stabbing a French soldier in a Paris suburb was motivated by religion and had shown some signs of radicalization, French authorities said on Wednesday.

The attack took place on May 25, three days after attackers chanting Islamist slogans killed a British soldier in London.

May 29, 2013

Attack on French soldier had Islamist motivation: prosecutor

PARIS (Reuters) – A Muslim convert arrested on suspicion of stabbing a French soldier in a Paris suburb was motivated by religion, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The attack took place on May 25, three days after attackers chanting Islamist slogans killed a British soldier in London.

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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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