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Mar 19, 2012

France’s Hollande under fresh pressure to court far left

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande, the favorite to win the April-May election, is under fresh pressure to court the far left after a radical rival managed to organize the biggest rally of the campaign so far.

Hollande, who polls show should soundly beat incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy in the election’s second round runoff, finds himself in the awkward position of being upstaged – at least temporarily – by Jean-Luc Melenchon, a firebrand leftist who heads a group of radical left parties, including Communists.

Mar 5, 2012

Stella McCartney weds country girl to urban chic

PARIS (Reuters) – Stella McCartney sent models down the runway in sporty but sophisticated school girl outfits on Monday, as cutesy collars and flouncy skirts found an anchor in classic English tailoring and rich country tweeds.

The British designer presented a winter ready-to-wear collection that was young, fun, feminine and light in the spectacular grand ballroom of the Hotel de Ville, Paris’ city hall, with its soaring painted ceiling, imposing arches and ornate chandeliers.

Mar 2, 2012

Lanvin parties as Dior goes classic at fashion week

PARIS, March 2 (Reuters) – Fashionistas celebrated
designer Alber Elbaz’s 10th anniversary as the creative force
behind Lanvin on Friday night under a huge crystal chandelier at
the foot of a runway after a fashion show saturated with colour,
flair and glamour.

Elbaz, never without his signature bow tie, serenaded guests
after the show with a rendition of “Que sera, sera,” – after
warning them that his talents lay more in fashion than music.

Mar 2, 2012

Dior plays on classic ballet with signature looks

PARIS (Reuters) – Christian Dior presented a toned-down version of elegance for autumn/winter on Friday, as the atelier’s signature silhouette of full skirts and cinched waists took on a ballet-like flair.

Neutral tones of champagne and dusty pink, along with warmer aubergine and rich charcoal, dominated a collection which was high on femininity and was classic Dior.

Feb 28, 2012

Sarkozy toils to reverse farmer drift to far right

PARIS, Feb 28 (Reuters) – A warmer reception for
Nicolas Sarkozy at this year’s Paris farm show – where
politicians traipse through the straw to steer support their way
- suggests the French president’s push to reclaim rural voters
is making headway.

The presidential race has been in full swing since Sarkozy
declared his candidacy in mid-February and began campaigning
hard to overturn Socialist challenger Francois Hollande’s clear
lead in opinion polls.

Feb 27, 2012

Pride sweeps France over Oscar wins for “The Artist”

PARIS (Reuters) – France was awash in Oscar celebrations on Monday after “The Artist” won five Academy Awards including the first Best Actor win for a Frenchman, unleashing a wave of national pride.

Television stations played The Artist star Jean Dujardin’s acceptance speech over and over — his Hollywood victory came too late to make the front pages — and politicians on the campaign trail sought to capitalize on the excitement.

Feb 23, 2012

Mademoiselle is no longer an official French woman

PARIS (Reuters) – Official French documents will no longer force women to reveal their marital status by requiring them to choose the title Mademoiselle or Madame.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon has ordered all regional and local governments to remove the title “Mademoiselle” — used for unmarried women and implying a youthful immaturity — from official documents.

Feb 22, 2012

Third try fading for “third man” in French election

PARIS (Reuters) – Francois Bayrou stands no more chance than before in his third try for the French presidency, but this time the centre candidate may win a bigger role as kingmaker.

As the polls stand, Socialist Francois Hollande is favorite to oust conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy, but backing from Bayrou in a May 6 second-round runoff could swing the outcome.

Feb 6, 2012

Sarkozy details measures for growth, jobs

PARIS (Reuters) – President Nicolas Sarkozy used a primetime television interview on Sunday to flesh out a flurry of measures to boost employment and competitiveness which he hopes to rush through France’s parliament before a presidential election in April.

Sarkozy, who is running far behind Socialist challenger Francois Hollande in opinion polls for the election, said he would raise the VAT rate to 21.2 percent from 19.6 percent from October to fund a reduction in social charges on companies.

Feb 2, 2012

The great French breast implant scandal

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) – In March 2010, a pair of health inspectors acting on a tip paid a three-day visit to a factory in this hilly town on the Mediterranean coast.

The factory was the headquarters of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), a leading international maker of breast implants founded by French entrepreneur Jean-Claude Mas. The inspectors found something odd: six discarded plastic containers of Silopren, a liquid silicone designed for industrial, not medical use, lined up along the outside wall of the production site.

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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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