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Aug 18, 2014

BOOK TALK: Collaboration, resistance under occupation in “When Paris Went Dark”

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.

Aug 7, 2014

Cockpit voice recorder in crashed Air Algerie jet unintelligible

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.

Jul 8, 2014

Chanel recalls Le Corbusier in glittering, snow-white and red collection

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.

Jul 3, 2014

Eyeing comeback, Sarkozy comes out fighting after legal blow

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.

Jul 1, 2014
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European rights court backs French ban on Islamic full-face veil


(A women, wearing a niqab despite a nationwide ban on the Islamic face veil, gives a phone call outside the courts in Meaux, east of Paris, September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Charles Platiau )

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.

Jul 1, 2014

European court backs French ban on full-faced veil

STRASBOURG/PARIS (Reuters) – 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.

Judges at the Strasbourg-based court, by 15 to 2, said the ban did not violate religious freedom and aimed to ensure “respect for the minimum set of values of an open democratic society” which included openness to social interaction.

Jun 27, 2014

Eager but doomed: the British “Tommies” who hoped to be home by Christmas

MEAUX France (Reuters) – They arrived in France young, eager and hopeful, confident that the new war in Europe would be over by the time the snow began to fall back home in England.

An exhibition opening near Paris on Saturday commemorates the British “Tommies” who marched to battle against Germany with no inkling that the Great War would drag on for four relentless years. Some 27,000 of them were to die before year’s end, when the stalemate of trench warfare set in.

Jun 24, 2014

French railway reform passed by Assembly as other strikes erupt

PARIS (Reuters) – French lawmakers voted on Tuesday to reform the structure of the railway system, in a blow to striking unions worried the changes will threaten workers’ conditions, as new strikes broke out in the air traffic and ferry sectors.

By a 355 to 168 vote, deputies in the National Assembly voted “yes” to the restructure, which will bring state-owned train operator SNCF and track owner RFF into the same holding company while maintaining separate operations.

Jun 22, 2014

Party rebels, strikers test France’s tough-guy PM

PARIS (Reuters) – Manuel Valls, the tough-guy prime minister named by Francois Hollande to speed up France’s economic reforms, is facing his trickiest challenge yet as striking railworkers, rebel back-benchers and even angry actors test his resolve.

Whether Valls stands firm or not in coming weeks could determine whether Hollande achieves his aim of reversing the decline in French industrial competitiveness and so reviving the euro-zone’s second largest economy.

May 30, 2014

U.S. soldiers rest in peace in France before old comrades’ last D-Day tribute

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER France (Reuters) – Little disturbs the peace at the Normandy American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer, with just the sound of the waves of Omaha Beach, the chirp of birds and an occasional lawnmower breaking the silence.

Here, under perfectly spaced white marble headstones, lie 9,387 U.S. soldiers who fell 70 years ago during the Normandy campaign, that audacious test of grit and human sacrifice that began as history’s largest amphibious assault and ended with the crushing of German defenses, ultimately hastening the end of World War Two.

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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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