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Apr 9, 2013

Sleaze-raking French website has political elite quaking

PARIS, April 9 (Reuters) – A fledgling investigative website
has made its mark as the top French media exposing government
sleaze, with its coup against a minister leaving national
newspapers playing catch-up and other politicians quaking.

After a late-2000s debut uncovering alleged graft led to the
career downfall of a conservative minister, Mediapart has
toppled a second minister, this time in the Socialist
government, showing it has no allegiance to left or right.

Apr 9, 2013

World chefs: Alain Ducasse on technology, terroir and tippling

PARIS (Reuters) – Talking food with top French chef Alain Ducasse is like simultaneously visiting a local farmers market, travelling across the world, stepping back into history and visiting the future.

France’s ubiquitous three-star chef, whose empire includes more than 20 restaurants, a culinary institute and a publishing house, is now embracing 21st century technology with a new iPad application, “My Culinary Encyclopedia”.

Apr 9, 2013

Alain Ducasse on technology, terroir and tippling

PARIS (Reuters) – Talking food with top French chef Alain Ducasse is like simultaneously visiting a local farmers market, travelling across the world, stepping back into history and visiting the future.

France’s ubiquitous three-star chef, whose empire includes more than 20 restaurants, a culinary institute and a publishing house, is now embracing 21st century technology with a new iPad application, “My Culinary Encyclopedia”.

Apr 9, 2013

WORLD CHEFS: Alain Ducasse on technology, terroir and tippling

PARIS, April 9 (Reuters) – Talking food with top French chef
Alain Ducasse is like simultaneously visiting a local farmers
market, travelling across the world, stepping back into history
and visiting the future.

France’s ubiquitous three-star chef, whose empire includes
more than 20 restaurants, a culinary institute and a publishing
house, is now embracing 21st century technology with a new iPad
application, “My Culinary Encyclopedia”.

Mar 21, 2013

Spain beats bond sale target, brushes off Cyprus crisis

MADRID/PARIS, March 21 (Reuters) – Demand rose and costs
fell at a Spanish bond sale on Thursday, suggesting yield-hungry
investors are unconcerned that the financial turmoil in Cyprus
might spread to other parts of the euro zone.

The Treasury sold 4.5 billion euros ($5.8 billion) at the
sale of three maturities, including its 10-year benchmark,
beating the top end of its target range of 3 to 4 billion euros.

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.

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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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