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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.

Aug 1, 2012

France to detail U.N. Security Council plan for Syria

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.

Jul 5, 2012

Rio-Paris crash report faults pilots, sensors

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.

Jul 5, 2012

Training flaws exposed in Rio-Paris crash report

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.

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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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