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