PARIS (Reuters) – Shooting a .22 caliber rifle at a plaster-covered canvas concealing bags of paint launched Niki de Saint Phalle to the height of the avant-garde international art world in 1961.
The demolished results, with its splattered paint liberated through the violent act, were an apt metaphor for the French-American artist’s feminist rage and trail-blazing imagination that was to propel her through four decades of work.
PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande asked his prime minister on Monday to form a new government, looking to impose his will on the cabinet after rebel leftist ministers had called for an economic policy U-turn.
The surprise move came the day after outspoken Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg had condemned what he called fiscal “austerity” and attacked euro zone powerhouse Germany’s “obsession” with budgetary rigour.
PARIS, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Austerity measures being pursued
by France and elsewhere in the euro zone are quashing growth,
French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg was quoted saying on
Saturday, renewing his attacks on policies he sees as negative
for the economy.
Montebourg’s interview with Le Monde daily came days after
President Francois Hollande said he would accelerate reforms but
not back away from his supply-side economic policy, based on
bigger tax cuts for business.
ROSSIGNOL Belgium (Reuters) – The bloodiest day for the French Army in World War One – indeed in its entire history – draws no national tributes, no eulogies by dignitaries, few wreaths laid in respect.
The storied campaigns at the Marne and Verdun are seared into French consciousness But the catastrophic Battle of the Frontiers a century ago that cut down 27,000 French soldiers on August 22, 1914, remains largely unknown.
PARIS (Reuters) – A seminar on Paris that Amherst College Professor Ronald Rosbottom gave a decade ago piqued the U.S. academic’s curiosity about the Occupation, the four years when German troops held the French capital during World War Two.
Rosbottom began sifting through archives, pouring over memoirs and conducting interviews to uncover “how a familiar and beloved city became, even temporarily, threatening and uncanny.” The result is “When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation 1940-1944″ published by Little, Brown.
PARIS, Aug 18 (Reuters) – A seminar on Paris that Amherst
College Professor Ronald Rosbottom gave a decade ago piqued the
U.S. academic’s curiosity about the Occupation, the four years
when German troops held the French capital during World War Two.
Rosbottom began sifting through archives, pouring over
memoirs and conducting interviews to uncover “how a familiar and
beloved city became, even temporarily, threatening and uncanny.”
The result is “When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under
German Occupation 1940-1944″ published by Little, Brown.
PARIS (Reuters) – Cockpit voice recordings from an Air Algerie jet that crashed last month in northern Mali are unintelligible, investigators said on Thursday, depriving them of vital clues on what sent it into a sudden plunge that killed all 116 passengers and crew.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft, en route to Algiers, smashed into the ground on July 24 south of the Malian town of Gossi, near the border with Burkina Faso.
PARIS, July 8 (Reuters) – Fashion designers and architects
are very different animals, but their eye for form and sculpture
is the same, which may be why Karl Lagerfeld drew influence from
the pioneering architect Le Corbusier for Chanel’s Fall/Winter
2014-2015 collection presented on Tuesday.
Of course, being the curious, creative and fearless designer
that he is – and the collection being haute couture – he planted
Le Corbusier, who died in 1965, at the 18th century court of
Versailles for maximum glitter and opulence.
PARIS (Reuters) – Unsmiling, with clenched fists and a set jaw, Nicolas Sarkozy found himself yet again in the stance that has so often marked his political career – his back to the wall.
The French former president’s aggressive, televised counter-attack on Wednesday to allegations he tried to obstruct a legal investigation into election campaign irregularities is the clearest sign yet that he intends a comeback, seeking leadership of his party this year ahead of a run for president in 2017.
The European Court of Human Rights upheld France’s 2010 ban on full-face veils in public on Tuesday but acknowledged the law could appear excessive and feed stereotypes.