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Apr 9, 2014

France’s Hollande names European expert his chief of staff

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande appointed a close friend and former European affairs minister to the strategic post of his chief of staff on Wednesday and reshuffled his private office to tighten the country’s relations with Brussels.

The nomination of Jean-Pierre Jouyet as secretary-general of the presidency was also designed to ensure better coordination with the government of new Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Hollande told the daily Le Monde.

Apr 4, 2014

New French government seeks confidence vote to save reform

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s newly formed government will seek a confidence vote from parliament on Tuesday, a step that would allow it to press ahead with President Francois Hollande’s business reforms to spur growth without having to risk a separate vote.

New Prime Minister Manuel Valls approved the vote during his first cabinet meeting as his reshuffled team of 16 Socialist ministers strives to present a united front after the Greens party broke away from the coalition over energy policy.

Mar 31, 2014

France’s centrist ‘top cop’ named new PM in reshuffle

PARIS (Reuters) – French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, appointed prime minister by President Francois Hollande on Monday, is a centrist with a tough stance on law and order that is popular with the public but controversial in his own Socialist party.

The photogenic 51-year-old, naturalized son of a Spanish immigrant, is one the youngest ministers in Hollande’s cabinet and an expert in political communication. He will need those skills to sell the president’s U-turn to more business-friendly policies and impose discipline in place of cacophony.

Mar 11, 2014

Descent into madness entwines Van Gogh, Artaud at Paris exhibition

PARIS (Reuters) – The shrieks of mad women assault visitors entering the Musee d’Orsay’s new exhibit on Vincent Van Gogh, an arresting look at the painter’s work as seen through the eyes of the late avant-garde French theatre director and playwright Antonin Artaud.

“The Man Driven to Suicide by Society”, opening on Tuesday in Paris, is a fitting title for a display of 55 Van Gogh works using Artaud’s own commentary to see them in a new light.

Mar 6, 2014

Study highlights high absenteeism in French public sector

PARIS (Reuters) – French public sector workers take an average of nearly a month off beyond annual leave, according to a report that highlighted problems facing President Francois Hollande as he seeks to streamline public offices and bring down France’s deficit.

French public spending is among the highest in the world and due to hit 57 percent of national output this year. State workers make up one fifth of France’s total employed ranks and their salaries account for a quarter of public expenditure.

Mar 4, 2014

Picasso “at home” in renovated Parisian museum

PARIS, March 4 (Reuters) – “Every act of creation is first
an act of destruction,” said Pablo Picasso, a fitting aphorism
for the five-year renovation of the Picasso Museum in Paris now
reaching its finale.

Since 2009, art lovers in the city that Spanish-born Picasso
adopted as his own have been turned away from the doors of the
Hotel Sale on the Right Bank, the sight of cranes and
scaffolding replacing that of Minotaurs and guitars.

Mar 3, 2014

Paris fashion week zips up, flounces, and soars to outer space

PARIS (Reuters) – Designers at Paris fashion week mixed spectacle and showbiz to swing the fashion spotlight away from Hollywood’s Oscars, with enough zippers, fringing and space-age chic to keep the photographers busy.

Under the ornate ceiling of the Opera Garnier on Monday, British designer Stella McCartney presented sinewy zippers embroidered into parkas and sweaters in a collection with a 1970s vibe.

Feb 28, 2014

Grey skies don’t deter Rihanna at Paris fashion week

PARIS, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Rainy skies did not deter the
fashionistas from gathering this week in Paris – with singer
Rihanna this season’s front-row “It” girl – as the Fall/Winter
ready-to-wear collections promised cold weather looks to warm
the iciest of hearts.

As winter refused to say goodbye in the City of Light, Dior
head designer Raf Simons resuscitated his “flower woman” on
Friday, this time sheathing her in doubled-breasted power suits
with white laces up the sides.

Feb 17, 2014

France’s Hollande promises tax stability to foreign businesses

PARIS, Feb 17 (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande
appealed to foreign business leaders to invest in France on
Monday, offering them simpler and more stable tax policies as
his unpopular government tries to spur growth and create jobs.

Hosting 30 heads of French units of foreign companies at his
Elysee Palace, Hollande pledged to guarantee that taxes on an
investment would not rise later – as has happened in the past -
and VAT and duty rules for firms would be streamlined this year.

Feb 16, 2014

Spotlight on ex-first lady Bruni as France’s Sarkozy eyes comeback

PARIS, Feb 16 (Reuters) – As he quietly bides his time
preparing a possible 2017 political comeback, former French
President Nicolas Sarkozy has a winning asset very much in the
spotlight – his wife.

Beaming from billboards, magazines and the stage,
singer-songwriter and ex-supermodel Carla Bruni has embraced her
post-first lady life in a very public way, resuming her career
while generating media buzz over the future plans of her
husband.

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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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