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Dec 12, 2013

Far from idyll, rural France feels left in the past

SOUSCEYRAC, France, Dec 12 (Reuters) – The first thing a
visitor to this rural French village sees upon entering town are
road signs pointing the way out.

The sprawling parking lot that is Sousceyrac’s main square
is mostly empty on a weekday afternoon. The tourist information
office, post office and bull semen cooperative are closed, and
the rumble of hay and lumber trucks passing through town without
stopping adds to the air of isolation.

Dec 11, 2013
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U.S. foundation buys Hopi religious masks at auction to return them to the tribe


(A man looks at an antique tribal mask, Tumas Crow Mother, circa 1860-1870, revered as a sacred ritual artifact by the Native American Hopi tribe in Arizona, displayed at the Drouot auction house ahead of its sale in Paris December 9, 2013. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

An American foundation bought nearly two dozen Native American artefacts and will return them to the Hopi tribe in Arizona, which had mounted legal challenges to their planned sale by a French auction house.

Dec 10, 2013

Maker of faulty French breast implants given four years in jail

MARSEILLE/PARIS (Reuters) – The founder of a French breast implant company was sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for hiding the true nature of the sub-standard silicone used in implants sold to 300,000 women around the world.

Jean-Claude Mas, 74, founder and long-time chief executive of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP), was prosecuted after a worldwide panic in 2011 when France recommended that women with such implants should have them removed due to an abnormally high rupture rate.

Dec 9, 2013
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Hopi Indian sacred objects sold in Paris auction despite protests


(A man looks at an antique tribal mask, Tumas Crow Mother, circa 1860-1870, revered as a sacred ritual artifact by the Native American Hopi tribe in Arizona, displayed at the Drouot auction house ahead of its sale in Paris December 9, 2013. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

French auctioneers sold a trove of Hopi Native American artifacts on Monday over the objections of the Arizona tribe, which considers them sacred, and a last-minute appeal from the United States.

Nov 6, 2013

Show of Brassai photographs captures light and shade of Paris

PARIS, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Two lovers embrace on a
double-sided bench, the backs of their heads illuminated by the
garish light of a Paris gas lamp.

But a second glance at the 1931-32 Brassai photograph
reveals a more tawdry, though no less evocative image: an ageing
tramp with dishevelled hair sleeping on the other side.

Nov 6, 2013

Google ordered to remove Max Mosley sex party images

PARIS, Nov 6 (Reuters) – A French court ordered Google
on Wednesday to find a way to remove recurring links to
nine images of former motor racing Formula One chief Max Mosley,
who was photographed in 2008 at an orgy with prostitutes.

The civil dispute in the Paris Superior Court relates to
photographs of Mosley published by the defunct London British
tabloid News of the World that were accompanied by an article
suggesting he had organised a “sick Nazi orgy.”

Oct 31, 2013

Veteran chef to French leaders hangs up apron

PARIS (Reuters) – For 40 years, Bernard Vaussion has stirred and sauteed, poached and parboiled, reduced and roasted for six French presidents and their guests. Now it’s time to hang up the apron.

The head chef at the Elysee Palace, Vaussion retired on Thursday after preparing his final lunch for President Francois Hollande: crab with celery remoulade, tournedos steak with mushrooms, and a flaky ‘millefeuille’ pastry with raspberries.

Oct 24, 2013

Asterix steps unwittingly into Scottish referendum debate

PARIS, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Malt whisky, bagpipes and the Loch
Ness Monster take centre stage in the newest Asterix comic, as
the yellow-moustached Gaul and his portly buddy Obelix travel to
ancient Scotland to drive back the Romans.

Scottish nationalists campaigning ahead of a referendum on
independence next year have seized upon the book as an allegory
for their struggle to break free of the UK – a theory the author

Oct 23, 2013

French conservatives urge tighter nationality law

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s main opposition party has proposed ending automatic nationality rights to anyone born in France, challenging a long-cherished tenet of immigration policy as it seeks to address concerns of right-leaning voters.

Immigration is dominating political debate in France before next year’s local elections, with the controversial deportation last week of a teenager of Roma origin the most recent case to grab national headlines. Separately, the interior ministry said on Wednesday it would soon overhaul asylum arrangements.

Oct 20, 2013

Insight: Hard work, long hours: French find Chinese recipe sour

PARIS (Reuters) – A newspaper open on the bar of this Paris cafe tells of a row over France’s Sunday trading rules. But the bar owner, Zhang Chang, says he has little time to follow such debates. He’s too busy working.

While French workers worry the country’s long economic downturn could mean the end of laws banning Sunday trading and enforcing a 35-hour week, Zhang and Chinese immigrants like him are quietly getting ahead the old-fashioned way – 11 hours a day, six days a week.

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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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