PARIS (Reuters) – A Paris push to rid the city of the thousands of “love locks” weighing down its bridges is being thwarted by tourists’ relentless romance.
For years, visiting couples have hung brass padlocks on the iron grills lining the city’s bridges to symbolize their undying love – they write their names on the locks, then toss the key into the Seine below.
PARIS (Reuters) – Likes: playing hide and seek in the bathtub, dining on wet food in sauce, flicking pencils from the desk onto the floor.
Dislikes: opera, room sprays, flight take-offs.
Such are the fancies and ennuis of Choupette, the most famous cat in fashion owned by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, according to the new book “Choupette – the Enchanted Life of a Fashion Cat”.
PARIS (Reuters) – It was vintage Nicolas Sarkozy: offering to restore France’s battered world standing in a comeback announcement filled with drama and brusque energy that delights some French and repels others.
Pledging to reshape French politics for the 21st century and overcome internal divisions in a country acutely aware of having lost its past grandeur, the 59-year-old conservative set the wheels in motion for a contentious return to politics.
PARIS (Reuters) – Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France’s main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee Palace in 2017 elections.
The former French president ended months of speculation about his future with a message on Facebook, saying he was ready to take charge of the conservative, opposition UMP party, which has been riven by rivalry since he was ousted from power.
BAGHDAD/PARIS (Reuters) – French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control large parts of neighboring Syria.
President Francois Hollande said Rafale jets hit “a logistics depot of the terrorists” near the city of Mosul, which has been held by Islamic State for more than three months. It promised more operations in coming days.
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.