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Mar 17, 2013

Hollande turns to “good cop, bad cop” for French prison shakeup

PARIS (Reuters) – She is the darling of France’s progressive left and recites poetry in parliament. He cultivates a tough-guy image and boxes to keep fit.

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira and Interior Minister Manuel Valls are the unlikely “good cop, bad cop” team tasked by Socialist President Francois Hollande with pushing through his latest sensitive reform: overhauling France’s teeming prisons.

Mar 6, 2013

France’s Sarkozy says he could return to politics “out of duty”

PARIS (Reuters) – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has given his strongest hint yet that he might make a comeback bid in 2017, telling a magazine a sense of duty to fix the economy might oblige him to run.

Sarkozy’s remarks in the right-leaning weekly Valeurs Actuelles, due out on Thursday, will increase speculation he could return to politics – talk that has not abated since the conservative was ousted by Socialist Francois Hollande last May.

Mar 5, 2013

Chanel conquers globe, Valentino channels art for Paris fashion

PARIS, March 5 (Reuters) – An enormous globe rotated slowly
in the middle of a circular catwalk at Chanel’s ready-to-wear
fashion show in Paris on Tuesday, with flags bearing the brand
logo marking where the luxury label operates stores.

Only Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld knows if the
globe was a sign of global expansion or a geography lesson for
the well-heeled crowd at his show, many dressed in the Chanel
label that appeals to a global audience with money to spend.

Mar 5, 2013

Chanel conquers the globe at Paris fashion show

PARIS, March 5 (Reuters) – An enormous globe rotated slowly
in the middle of a circular catwalk at Chanel’s ready-to-wear
fashion show in Paris on Tuesday, with flags bearing the Chanel
logo marking where the luxury brand operates stores.

Only Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld knows if the
globe was a sign of global expansion or a geography lesson for
the well-heeled crowd at his show, many dressed in the Chanel
label that appeals to a global audience with money to spend.

Mar 4, 2013

Saint Laurent goes grunge for winter, Stella sees volume

PARIS, March 4 (Reuters) – With the spirit of 1990s grunge
pervading the runway, it wasn’t your mother’s YSL at the Saint
Laurent fashion show in Paris on Monday night.

New designer Hedi Slimane channelled the Seattle scene in
the era of grunge-rock band Nirvana. Models in ratty Courtney
Love hairdos moved sullenly down the catwalk, with shapeless
plaid lumberjack shirts covering babydoll dresses cut up to
there.

Mar 4, 2013

Stella McCartney pinstripes dominate Paris runway for winter

PARIS (Reuters) – British designer Stella McCartney opted for exaggerated volume at her fashion show in Paris on Monday, presenting contrasting pinstripes, voluminous coats and elongated skirts, as the brand hopes to expand its store base in Asia.

Interrupted by jolts of amethyst on a boucle coat and a body-covering silk dress, the mostly grey and black collection for Fall/Winter 2012/2013 imparted a structured, masculine feel in line with McCartney’s tomboy sensibility.

Mar 2, 2013

Gaultier variety show presents rocker runway chic in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Jean Paul Gaultier served up a fun, funky patchwork of outfits for his ready-to-wear fashion show in Paris on Saturday where a heavy emphasis on leather and rocker chic added to the anything goes Bohemian style.

Gaultier is a designer with many ideas in his head. His 2013/2014 autumn/winter season fashion show was no exception, where models sporting punky mullets evoked Ziggy Stardust with long, form-fitting jackets, gold lame leather pants or 1970s-era dresses.

Feb 19, 2013

France facing up to minimal economic growth this year

PARIS/ATHENS, Feb 19 (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande
acknowledged on Tuesday that France will miss its 0.8 percent
2013 growth target, hours after his foreign minister said the
growth rate could come in at less than half that level.

Laurent Fabius told RTL radio that French growth this year
would be no better than around 0.2 to 0.3 percent.

Feb 8, 2013

France plays down report of ransom paid for Niger hostages

PARIS (Reuters) – France brushed off an allegation by a U.S. ex-diplomat that it paid a $17 million ransom, in vain, for the release of four hostages abducted in 2010 from Niger, a charge that contradicts the government’s stated no-negotiation policy.

The U.S. ambassador to Mali from 2002 to 2005, Vicki Huddleston, told iTele in an interview broadcast on Friday that the ransom paid by France took a circuitous route before landing in the hands of al Qaeda’s north African unit AQIM.

Jan 30, 2013

French police arrest two in Toulouse killings probe

PARIS (Reuters) – French police arrested two people in the hunt for accomplices of an al Qaeda-inspired gunman who went on a killing spree last year, the Paris prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday.

The new arrests come as France’s military intervention in Mali has raised pressure on the government to weed out radicalised Islamists at home who could pose a threat to domestic security.

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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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