PARIS, July 5 (Reuters) – Pilot error, defective sensors,
inadequate training and insufficient oversight combined to send
an Air France passenger plane plunging into the south Atlantic
in 2009 in the airline’s worst disaster, French investigators
said on Thursday.
The final report on the Rio-Paris Airbus A330 crash that
killed 228 people went further than expected in castigating the
air safety establishment, saying France’s flag carrier was
subject to less inspection than smaller rivals.
PARIS, July 4 (Reuters) – Byzantine opulence and splendour
worthy of a sultan’s harem greeted guests at Elie Saab’s fashion
show on Wednesday, as the Lebanese designer beloved of the
Hollywood set presented a fantasy collection spun from
embroidered tulle and lace.
Saab, who is known for his red carpet creations, said he was
inspired by Constantinople for his autumn/winter 2012-2013 Haute
Couture collection, and indeed the gold, shimmer and sparkle
overflowed in the pillared Paris reception hall on the Rue
PARIS (Reuters) – The favorite of the ladies who lunch, Karl Lagerfeld presented a toned down, vintage-inspired collection for Chanel on Tuesday, whose grey and pink palette and classic shapes provided a refined counterpoint to the excesses of Fashion Week.
Models flitted by to a light disco soundtrack, the gossamer ruffles on their sleeves and hems quivering above the catwalk, as guests sat around wicker tables inside a gallery of the airy Grand Palais adorned with camellias.
PARIS, July 2 (Reuters) – The who’s who of the fashion world
came out to toss flowers at the feet of Christian Dior’s new
creative director on Monday, applauding the fresh and modern
approach Raf Simons has brought to the feminine extravagance of
a grand French atelier.
The Belgian couturier greeted oversized expectations for his
first Dior collection with a decidedly architectural
look that revelled in sumptuous understatement. The house has
been without a permanent designer since former star John
Galliano fell from grace over a drunken, racist tirade.
PARIS (Reuters) – The hours-long wait endured by hordes of tourists visiting the Eiffel Tower each year could become less painful if Paris presses forward with plans to move ticket counters and queuing underground, beneath the monument’s giant feet.
On Tuesday, the city council will issue a call for architects to submit bids, which it will assess before launching a project to develop the area underneath the tower to relieve crowding and add sorely needed services.
PARIS (Reuters) – Leave it to the Parisians to organize the most sophisticated – and gastronomic – flash mobs.
Thousands of locals gathered in the city’s Place des Vosges on Thursday night for an impromptu open-air dinner, dressed head to toe in white and bringing with them white tablecloths, glassware and other finery.
PARIS, June 13 (Reuters) – A tweet by France’s first lady in
support of an election rival of President Francois Hollande’s
ex-partner has triggered a politically damaging media firestorm
just days from a decisive round of parliamentary elections.
The tweet made public a private rivalry between Hollande’s
partner Valerie Trierweiler and his former companion, Segolene
Royal, and threatened to wreck his promise of a more sober
presidency after soap opera saga of his predecessor’s love life.
PARIS (Reuters) – France voted on Sunday in the first round of an election tipped to give the left control of parliament and consolidate President Francois Hollande’s grip on power as he seeks to ease the pain of a debt crisis in Europe.
At stake in the vote for the 577-seat National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, is Hollande’s ability to rule with a free hand as he seeks to reboot Europe’s second-largest economy and push other euro zone leaders to combat stagnation.
PARIS (Reuters) – Feathers galore go on the auction block in Paris this weekend, as the extravagant headdresses, boas, and sparkling scanty costumes of the Folies Bergere music hall find a new home with the highest bidder.
The symbol of “joie de vivre” at the turn of the century, the Folies Bergere was a palace of frivolity and popular entertainment, replete with nearly-nude showgirls adorned with over-the-top frills and flounces.
PARIS, June 7 (Reuters) – France’s borrowing costs fell to
record lows at auction on Thursday, with investor appetite
soaring for the country’s relatively safe-haven bonds amid the
worries over Spanish debt that have rattled peripheral markets.
It was a sign that investors are clearly viewing France as
part of the euro zone’s core economies, despite weaknesses and