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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.

Jul 4, 2012

Elie Saab channels inner sultan at Paris fashion week

PARIS, July 4 (Reuters) – Byzantine opulence and splendour
worthy of a sultan’s harem greeted guests at Elie Saab’s fashion
show on Wednesday, as the Lebanese designer beloved of the
Hollywood set presented a fantasy collection spun from
embroidered tulle and lace.

Saab, who is known for his red carpet creations, said he was
inspired by Constantinople for his autumn/winter 2012-2013 Haute
Couture collection, and indeed the gold, shimmer and sparkle
overflowed in the pillared Paris reception hall on the Rue
Cambon.

Jul 3, 2012

Subdued elegance with ruffles and fringe at Chanel in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – The favorite of the ladies who lunch, Karl Lagerfeld presented a toned down, vintage-inspired collection for Chanel on Tuesday, whose grey and pink palette and classic shapes provided a refined counterpoint to the excesses of Fashion Week.

Models flitted by to a light disco soundtrack, the gossamer ruffles on their sleeves and hems quivering above the catwalk, as guests sat around wicker tables inside a gallery of the airy Grand Palais adorned with camellias.

Jul 2, 2012

Raf Simons makes dazzling Dior debut with floral bounty

PARIS, July 2 (Reuters) – The who’s who of the fashion world
came out to toss flowers at the feet of Christian Dior’s new
creative director on Monday, applauding the fresh and modern
approach Raf Simons has brought to the feminine extravagance of
a grand French atelier.

The Belgian couturier greeted oversized expectations for his
first Dior collection with a decidedly architectural
look that revelled in sumptuous understatement. The house has
been without a permanent designer since former star John
Galliano fell from grace over a drunken, racist tirade.

Jun 15, 2012

Tourists rejoice! Paris may dig under Eiffel Tower

PARIS (Reuters) – The hours-long wait endured by hordes of tourists visiting the Eiffel Tower each year could become less painful if Paris presses forward with plans to move ticket counters and queuing underground, beneath the monument’s giant feet.

On Tuesday, the city council will issue a call for architects to submit bids, which it will assess before launching a project to develop the area underneath the tower to relieve crowding and add sorely needed services.

Jun 14, 2012

Parisian picnic pops up at Place des Vosges

PARIS (Reuters) – Leave it to the Parisians to organize the most sophisticated – and gastronomic – flash mobs.

Thousands of locals gathered in the city’s Place des Vosges on Thursday night for an impromptu open-air dinner, dressed head to toe in white and bringing with them white tablecloths, glassware and other finery.

Jun 13, 2012

Hollande rocked by feisty French first lady’s tweet

PARIS, June 13 (Reuters) – A tweet by France’s first lady in
support of an election rival of President Francois Hollande’s
ex-partner has triggered a politically damaging media firestorm
just days from a decisive round of parliamentary elections.

The tweet made public a private rivalry between Hollande’s
partner Valerie Trierweiler and his former companion, Segolene
Royal, and threatened to wreck his promise of a more sober
presidency after soap opera saga of his predecessor’s love life.

Jun 10, 2012

Left favorites as France votes on new parliament

PARIS (Reuters) – France voted on Sunday in the first round of an election tipped to give the left control of parliament and consolidate President Francois Hollande’s grip on power as he seeks to ease the pain of a debt crisis in Europe.

At stake in the vote for the 577-seat National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, is Hollande’s ability to rule with a free hand as he seeks to reboot Europe’s second-largest economy and push other euro zone leaders to combat stagnation.

Jun 8, 2012

Folies Bergere plumage hits auction block in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – Feathers galore go on the auction block in Paris this weekend, as the extravagant headdresses, boas, and sparkling scanty costumes of the Folies Bergere music hall find a new home with the highest bidder.

The symbol of “joie de vivre” at the turn of the century, the Folies Bergere was a palace of frivolity and popular entertainment, replete with nearly-nude showgirls adorned with over-the-top frills and flounces.

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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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