PARIS (Reuters) – Licking its wounds and rudderless since Socialist Francois Hollande ended its 17-year hold on the presidency, France’s UMP party is set to decide between moderate former prime minister Francois Fillon and Sarkozy’s youthful protegé Jean-Francois Cope as the leader to return it to power in 2017.
The two were confirmed on Tuesday as the candidates in the race to succeed Sarkozy as leader of France’s conservatives. While the solemn, bushy-browed Fillon outscores the combative Cope in popularity surveys, his rival appeals to UMP hardliners who lament Sarkozy’s fall from grace.
PARIS (Reuters) – France said as it took over the month-long rotating chair of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday it will shortly outline its plans for a new push by the body to solve a diplomatic impasse over the worsening conflict.
The French government has already said it will call by the end of this week for an urgent meeting of the United Nations’ Council, likely at ministerial level, following calls from President Francois Hollande for swift action.
PARIS (Reuters) – Pilot error, defective sensors, inadequate training and insufficient oversight combined to send an Air France passenger plane plunging into the south Atlantic in 2009 in the airline’s worst disaster, French investigators said on Thursday.
The final report on the Rio-Paris Airbus A330 crash that killed 228 people went further than expected in castigating the air safety establishment, saying France’s flag carrier was subject to less inspection than smaller rivals.
PARIS, July 5 (Reuters) – Pilot error, defective sensors,
inadequate training and insufficient oversight combined to send
an Air France passenger plane plunging into the south Atlantic
in 2009 in the airline’s worst disaster, French investigators
said on Thursday.
The final report on the Rio-Paris Airbus A330 crash that
killed 228 people went further than expected in castigating the
air safety establishment, saying France’s flag carrier was
subject to less inspection than smaller rivals.
PARIS, July 4 (Reuters) – Byzantine opulence and splendour
worthy of a sultan’s harem greeted guests at Elie Saab’s fashion
show on Wednesday, as the Lebanese designer beloved of the
Hollywood set presented a fantasy collection spun from
embroidered tulle and lace.
Saab, who is known for his red carpet creations, said he was
inspired by Constantinople for his autumn/winter 2012-2013 Haute
Couture collection, and indeed the gold, shimmer and sparkle
overflowed in the pillared Paris reception hall on the Rue
PARIS (Reuters) – The favorite of the ladies who lunch, Karl Lagerfeld presented a toned down, vintage-inspired collection for Chanel on Tuesday, whose grey and pink palette and classic shapes provided a refined counterpoint to the excesses of Fashion Week.
Models flitted by to a light disco soundtrack, the gossamer ruffles on their sleeves and hems quivering above the catwalk, as guests sat around wicker tables inside a gallery of the airy Grand Palais adorned with camellias.
PARIS, July 2 (Reuters) – The who’s who of the fashion world
came out to toss flowers at the feet of Christian Dior’s new
creative director on Monday, applauding the fresh and modern
approach Raf Simons has brought to the feminine extravagance of
a grand French atelier.
The Belgian couturier greeted oversized expectations for his
first Dior collection with a decidedly architectural
look that revelled in sumptuous understatement. The house has
been without a permanent designer since former star John
Galliano fell from grace over a drunken, racist tirade.
PARIS (Reuters) – The hours-long wait endured by hordes of tourists visiting the Eiffel Tower each year could become less painful if Paris presses forward with plans to move ticket counters and queuing underground, beneath the monument’s giant feet.
On Tuesday, the city council will issue a call for architects to submit bids, which it will assess before launching a project to develop the area underneath the tower to relieve crowding and add sorely needed services.
PARIS (Reuters) – Leave it to the Parisians to organize the most sophisticated – and gastronomic – flash mobs.
Thousands of locals gathered in the city’s Place des Vosges on Thursday night for an impromptu open-air dinner, dressed head to toe in white and bringing with them white tablecloths, glassware and other finery.
PARIS, June 13 (Reuters) – A tweet by France’s first lady in
support of an election rival of President Francois Hollande’s
ex-partner has triggered a politically damaging media firestorm
just days from a decisive round of parliamentary elections.
The tweet made public a private rivalry between Hollande’s
partner Valerie Trierweiler and his former companion, Segolene
Royal, and threatened to wreck his promise of a more sober
presidency after soap opera saga of his predecessor’s love life.