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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.

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.

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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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