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Nov 8, 2012

Impressionist nod to fashion on display in Paris

PARIS, Nov 8 (Reuters) – The bold horizontal brushstrokes of
Manet’s 1876 female portrait, “The Parisian,” convey the raw
energy of a new painting style that turned heads well over a
century ago with its focus on light, its sketch-like feel and
contemporary subjects.

But the star of the life-sized oil is a shimmering black
dress of taffeta silk that highlights the painter’s prowess -
and provides a starting point for “Impressionism and Fashion,” a
show that runs through January at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

Oct 23, 2012

Depeche Mode to kick off 2013 world tour in Tel Aviv

PARIS (Reuters) – Depeche Mode, the British synthpop pioneers whose hits “People Are People” and “Master and Servant” cemented their status in 1980s New Wave and beyond, are planning a 2013 worldwide tour to follow the release of a new album.

The band, which has sold over 100 million records since its 1981 debut album, launch the tour in Tel Aviv on May 7, followed by 34 shows in Europe and a leg in North America.

Oct 22, 2012

Gay marriage plan hits opposition, delays in France

PARIS (Reuters) – Plans by France’s Socialist government to legalize same-sex marriage are proving harder to enact than first thought after faith leaders and conservatives mobilized against it even as left-wing deputies try to expand it.

With a solid majority it won last spring, the government originally only planned short parliamentary hearings and a debate early next year before voting on one of President Francois Hollande’s most divisive campaign promises and something he has framed as a trademark reform.

Oct 17, 2012

Crime-fighting ally a boon for France’s Hollande

PARIS (Reuters) – While economic gloom drives President Francois Hollande’s own poll ratings into the doldrums, his interior minister’s tough line on crime is making him France’s most popular politician.

Images of the tough-talking Manuel Valls racing around the country to round up radical Islamist cells or nab corrupt cops contrast with the failing efforts of Hollande’s government to halt a spate of industrial lay-offs.

Oct 6, 2012

French police kill one in raid linked to Jewish market attack

STRASBOURG/PARIS (Reuters) – An Islamist suspected of a grenade attack on a Jewish market was shot and killed by police in the northeastern city of Strasbourg on Saturday and 11 others detained in what prosecutors called a “vast anti-terrorist operation”.

Elite police squads carried out simultaneous operations against a network of radical Islamists in the Paris region and in Strasbourg, Nice and Cannes early on Saturday.

Oct 2, 2012

Fresh air at Chanel’s Paris fashion show and Queen Bee at McQueen

PARIS, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Fashion changes as quickly as the
wind, and maybe that’s what Karl Lagerfeld had in mind on
Tuesday at Chanel, where enormous wind turbines greeted guests
at his spring/summer 2013 show in Paris.

But with the floors of the expansive Grand Palais made to
resemble solar panels, one might have thought the prolific
German designer was instead making a statement on going green.

Oct 2, 2012

A breath of fresh air at Chanel’s Paris fashion show

PARIS (Reuters) – Fashion changes as quickly as the wind, and maybe that’s what Karl Lagerfeld had in mind on Tuesday at Chanel, where enormous wind turbines greeted guests at his spring/summer 2013 show in Paris.

But with the floors of the expansive Grand Palais made to resemble solar panels, one might have thought the prolific German designer was instead making a statement on going green.

Oct 1, 2012

YSL’s Slimane revives classics, McCartney bold in Paris

PARIS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The earth moved at designer Hedi
Slimane’s womenswear ready-to-wear debut at Yves Saint Laurent
on Monday – or at least the ceiling did.

The palpable excitement among those gathered on Monday
around a dark runway inside the Grand Palais in Paris to witness
how the grand couture brand would look under a new interpreter
cranked up a notch as the show began. Individual ceiling panels
shifted upwards one by one to create a cathedral ceiling,
eliciting oohs from the crowd.

Oct 1, 2012

Stella McCartney brings country club chic to Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – With one glance at the invitation to Stella McCartney’s summer fashion show, it was obvious it would be quirky, decorated as it was with clear plastic tubing shaped into the form of spectacles.

But even the near-sighted couldn’t miss the eye-popping shades of orange sherbet, canary yellow and Kermit-the-Frog green that made their way down the Paris runway on Monday in long, sporty silhouettes.

Sep 18, 2012

French conservatives duel for leadership in shadow of Sarkozy

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 protegĂ© 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.

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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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