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Oct 28, 2014
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In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics and “Islamisation”


(A man cuts meat from a spit as he prepares kebab in a fast-food restaurant in Marseille October 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

In a country whose national identity is so closely connected to its cuisine, France’s hard right has seized on a growing appetite for kebabs as proof of cultural “Islamisation”.

Oct 28, 2014

In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics

BLOIS, France, Oct 28 (Reuters) – In a country whose
national identity is so closely connected to its cuisine,
France’s hard right has seized on a growing appetite for kebabs
as proof of cultural “Islamisation”.

Four kebab houses opened last month in Blois, bringing the
total to over a dozen in the pretty Loire valley town where
tourists come to see the castle. The far-right National Front
party railed: “The historical centre of Blois, the jewel of
French history, is turning into an Oriental city”.

Oct 24, 2014

Napoleon’s two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction

PARIS (Reuters) – Rarely have a man and his hat been so linked in the collective imagination as Napoleon and his black, two-cornered hat.

Next month, a “bicorne” felt hat thought to have belonged to the French emperor will be up for auction in Fontainebleau in what the auctioneer calls the “sale of a century” for fans of the legendary leader.

Oct 17, 2014

Frank Gehry’s Louis Vuitton art museum sails onto Paris skyline

PARIS (Reuters) – Billowing sails of glass join the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur as permanent fixtures of the Paris skyline this month, when the new Fondation Louis Vuitton contemporary art museum designed by Frank Gehry opens to the public.

Thirteen years in the making, the museum is the brainchild of Bernard Arnault, the chief executive and founder of LVMH. France’s richest man envisioned a bold new piece of architecture in the capital that would tie the world’s largest luxury group with the cutting edge of art and design.

Sep 30, 2014

Paris Picasso museum finally set to open after turbulent renovation

PARIS (Reuters) – Pablo Picasso once boasted: “Give me a museum and I’ll fill it.”

That wager has been frustrated in Paris for five years, however, as repeated delays, infighting and controversy have marked the renovation of one of the world’s largest collections of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists.

Sep 30, 2014

Chic “protesters” take Boulevard Chanel at Fashion Week

PARIS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Life is fine on Boulevard Chanel,
the street facade created by designer Karl Lagerfeld for his
ready-to-wear show on Tuesday, where leggy models in expensive
outfits staged a faux demonstration as part of the spectacle.

Lagerfeld’s commentary on the French proclivity for protests
drew howls of laughter from the fashionable crowd gathered
inside the Grand Palais who were surrounded on four sides by an
immense backdrop of a chic Paris block.

Sep 29, 2014

Stella McCartney goes airy for summer, Lagerfeld Barbie a hit at Paris Fashion Week

PARIS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Oblong cut-outs, oversized
buckles and a utilitarian aesthetic were the defining features
of Stella McCartney’s 2015 summer collection in Paris on Monday.

The British designer’s pledge to offer clothes with
“effortless movement and a fluid silhouette,” translated into
drop-waist sailor trousers, jumpsuits in airy parachute silk and
dresses that fell to mid-shin.

Sep 27, 2014

Gaultier ready-to-wear goodbye is glittery beauty pageant in Paris

PARIS, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Bouffant wigs and white boots,
French sailor stripes, a silver sequin staircase and a disco
beat kicked off Jean Paul Gaultier’s au revoir to the world of
ready-to-wear in Paris on Saturday, and that was just the

The enfant terrible of French fashion gave jaded
fashionistas a jolt of fun during what he said would his last
pret-a-porter show, and, never one to be shy, he pulled out all
the stops.

Sep 26, 2014

Dior holds French royal court in Death Star for Paris show

PARIS, Sept 26 (Reuters) – An enormous mirrored cube inside
the courtyard of the Louvre museum greeted guests to the Dior
fashion show on Friday, providing a glittery reflection of the
surrounding Renaissance walls constructed by King Francis I.

The clash between the ultra modern and the old-world
monarchy appeared to be precisely what Dior creative director
Raf Simons was intending in his Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear
collection, which incorporated a time travel theme.

Sep 25, 2014

Lanvin’s study in monochromatic chic trumps Kanye, Kim in front row

PARIS (Reuters) – Leave it to Alber Elbaz, creative director of Lanvin, to pull off a Paris Fashion Week show on Thursday that retained all its elegance and class even with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in the front row.

Popcorn and champagne distracted the audience for a time before the reason for show’s delayed start became apparent: the ubiquitous Hollywood couple swooped in 40 minutes late, eliciting boos from the standing photographers.

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