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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.

Jun 7, 2012

French bond yields hit record low at auction

PARIS, June 7 (Reuters) – France’s borrowing costs fell to
record lows at auction on Thursday, with investor appetite
soaring for the country’s relatively safe-haven bonds amid the
worries over Spanish debt that have rattled peripheral markets.

It was a sign that investors are clearly viewing France as
part of the euro zone’s core economies, despite weaknesses and
political questions.

May 28, 2012

Popular winner in Cannes, U.S. films the big losers

CANNES, France (Reuters) – Critics lauded the Cannes film festival jury on Monday for awarding director Michael Haneke’s “Love” (Amour) the coveted Palme d’Or for best picture, justifying its status as favorite going into Sunday night’s awards ceremony.

The Austrian has now won the top prize at the world’s biggest cinema showcase twice, joining a small elite of multiple winners and cementing his place as a master of film making.

May 27, 2012

Haneke’s “Love” wins to cheers at Cannes film festival

CANNES, France, May 27 (Reuters) – Austrian director Michael
Haneke won the Cannes film festival’s top honour, the Palme
d’Or, on Sunday with “Love” (Amour), his acclaimed tale of an
elderly couple facing the inescapable, yet no less tragic march
of death.

Haneke joins an elite group of two-time winners at the
world’s biggest film festival after his “The White Ribbon” won
in 2009.

May 26, 2012

Cannes’ Middle East films show Arab Spring unfurl

CANNES, France, May 26 (Reuters) – The “Arab Spring” is the
focus of two movies at Cannes this year as film makers present
tentative steps towards democracy on the big screen, one year
after political upheaval in Libya and Egypt.

While both films deal with contemporary events in the Middle
East, “The Oath of Tobruk” (“Le Serment de Tobrouk”) is a
French-language documentary about the Libyan war with a highly
subjective slant.

May 25, 2012

Best movie mutt is saluted in Cannes

PARIS (Reuters) – Frivolity and fur erupted on the sidelines of the Cannes film festival on Friday, as a fluffy white dog named Smurf was bestowed the prestigious “Palm Dog” award for a performance deemed “magnifique” by the event’s organizer.

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, dogs and bitches, welcome to the Palm Dog…” began Toby Rose, who since 2001 has bestowed the award on Cannes’ most worthy four-legged actor.

May 25, 2012

“Cosmopolis” brings star Pattinson to Cannes

CANNES, France, May 25 (Reuters) – “Twilight” star Robert
Pattinson is a ruthless billionaire on a journey to
self-destruction in Canadian director David Cronenberg’s
“Cosmopolis”, a searing attack on greed and capitalism launching
at the Cannes film festival.

In the movie based on a Don DeLillo novel of the same name,
capitalism is corrupting, characters cannot communicate, and
people joke that rats could be the new currency. The film is
competing for the festival’s top prize to be awarded on Sunday.

May 24, 2012

Cannes style flourishes despite soggy red carpet

PARIS, May 24 (Reuters) – With respected French designer
Jean Paul Gaultier a member of the Cannes jury this year,
celebrities at the swanky film festival on the French Riviera
knew they had to step up their fashion game.

They did not disappoint.

Despite occasionally rainy weather that soaked the red
carpet and a no-show from Hollywood glamour puss Angelina Jolie,
the festival has featured colour, kilts and cut-outs – a wide
array of to-the-minute fashions worn by film stars gathered from
around the world.

May 23, 2012

Kerouac’s “On the Road” hits screen in Cannes debut

CANNES, May 23 (Reuters) – The Bible of the Beat Generation,
“On the Road” premiered at Cannes on Wednesday, taking more than
five decades for the frenetic tale of liberation, masculinity
and post-War America to play out its journey from novel to the
big screen.

Furiously written on a typewriter over a three-week long
creative binge in 1951, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is the
seminal portrayal of “Beat” culture and its spiritual quest for
expression.

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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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