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Oct 3, 2011

Yves Saint Laurent shows restrained femininity

PARIS (Reuters) – Yves Saint Laurent offered a superbly tailored but tempered collection for spring-summer 2012 on Monday, with designer Stefano Pilati drawing on the past of the famous luxury label without providing any jaw-dropping standouts.

Mint and forest greens, greys and whites were the palette, with trapeze coats, cigarette pants and backless silk tops providing a nod to the 1960s and 70s, the heyday of Saint Laurent.

Sep 28, 2011

Marie Antoinette to McQueen in French fashion exhibit

VERSAILLES, France, Sept 28 (Reuters) – “Let them eat cake,”
Marie Antoinette is famously quoted as saying, but the 18th
century fashionista, had she lived today, may well have said,
“Let them wear Lacroix.”

Frills, foppery and all the delicious excess of 18th century
fashion — juxtaposed with contemporary interpretations of
France’s Golden Age — are on display at the Grand Trianon at
Versailles in the exhibit “The 18th Century Back in Fashion.”

Sep 23, 2011

France’s Chirac protests innocence in absentia

PARIS (Reuters) – Former French president Jacques Chirac gave an impassioned defense of his morals on Friday in a statement read out by a lawyer during his trial over the misuse of public funds when he was mayor of Paris in the 1990s.

Chirac, 78, was excused from attending due to his failing memory. He vowed to abide by the decision of the court which is widely expected to dismiss the case.

Sep 19, 2011

48 hours in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – The city of glamour, grande cuisine and the ghosts of the guillotined is one of Europe’s most beautiful. Welcoming some 28 million visitors a year, Paris offers everything from some of the most famous museums and restaurants in the world to charming cobblestone alleys and boutiques galore.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a visit to the French capital. While 48 hours is not nearly enough for this beloved metropolis, it will whet your appetite for your next visit.

Sep 16, 2011

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Paris

PARIS, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The city of glamour, grande
cuisine and the ghosts of the guillotined is one of Europe’s
most beautiful. Welcoming some 28 million visitors a year, Paris
offers everything from some of the most famous museums and
restaurants in the world to charming cobblestone alleys and
boutiques galore.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors
get the most out of a visit to the French capital. While 48
hours is not nearly enough for this beloved metropolis, it will
whet your appetite for your next visit.

Sep 13, 2011

Exclusive: U.S. in criminal probe of eBay employees

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors have launched a criminal probe into whether eBay Inc employees misappropriated confidential information from classified ad service Craigslist, according to a copy of a grand jury subpoena obtained by Reuters.

The two companies have been feuding for years in civil court over allegations that online giant eBay used its Craigslist board seat to glean confidential information about the classified ad business as eBay prepared to launch a rival service.

Sep 13, 2011

U.S. in criminal probe of eBay employees

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors have
launched a criminal probe into whether eBay Inc (EBAY.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
employees misappropriated confidential information from
classified ad service Craigslist, according to a copy of a
grand jury subpoena obtained by Reuters.

The two companies have been feuding for years in civil
court over allegations that online giant eBay used its
Craigslist board seat to glean confidential information about
the classified ad business as eBay prepared to launch a rival
service.

Aug 5, 2011

French duck fat puts gourmet spin on biodiesel

By Alexandria Sage

PARIS (Reuters Life!) – Duck fat has a rich history in French cuisine as the key ingredient in savoury cassoulets and confits, but now industrious farmers are turning the grease into biodiesel and biogas.

A farm cooperative based in St. Aquilin, a rural village in the southwestern region of the Dordogne, is powering a tractor and two other vehicles with biodiesel made from duck fat and hopes to convince others to do the same.

Aug 4, 2011

French court orders probe into IMF’s Lagarde

PARIS (Reuters) – A French court ordered an investigation on Thursday into the role of IMF head Christine Lagarde in a large settlement paid to a businessman friend of President Nicolas Sarkozy when she was finance minister.

The investigation will get under way at once into Lagarde’s alleged complicity in the misuse of public funds in her approval of a 285 million euro ($407 million) arbitration payout to Bernard Tapie in 2008, the court’s prosecutor said.

Aug 4, 2011

French court orders investigation into Lagarde

PARIS (Reuters) – A French court ordered an investigation Thursday into the role of IMF head Christine Lagarde in a large settlement paid to a businessman friend of President Nicolas Sarkozy when she was finance minister.

The investigation will get under way at once into Lagarde’s alleged complicity in the misuse of public funds in her approval of a 285 million euro ($407 million) arbitration payout to Bernard Tapie in 2008, the court’s prosecutor said.

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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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