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.
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.
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.
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.
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