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Oct 20, 2013

Hard work, long hours: French find Chinese recipe sour

PARIS, Oct 20 (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.

Oct 4, 2013

Faith, politics clash over Muslim-run women’s gym in France

LE RAINCY, France (Reuters) – A pink and orange all-women’s gym has become an unlikely focus of a very French row over Muslim integration, secularism and what some view as blatant populism in the run-up to France’s municipal elections.

The gym, which opened last month in the up-market Paris suburb of Le Raincy, is owned by a French Muslim couple who say their religion and appearance – she wears a headscarf and he a long beard – are the reason the mayor wants to shut them down.

Oct 1, 2013

Art, life and fashion for Chanel on Paris Fashion Week runway

PARIS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – If art imitates life, then life is
an oversized quilted Chanel purse mounted on a wall – at least
for some.

That was the impression made on Tuesday at Chanel’s
Spring/Summer 2014 Paris ready-to-wear show, where the runway
was decked out as an art gallery filled with contemporary art
installations featuring the luxury brand’s products and logo.

Sep 30, 2013

Daisies, roses and lace at Stella McCartney’s Paris fashion show

PARIS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Transparent fabrics, fluid shapes
and a smattering of daisies took to the runway at Stella
McCartney’s ready-to-wear fashion show in Paris on Monday, as
the British designer sought inspiration in easy, airy looks for

McCartney is known for an understated approach, and her
Spring/Summer 2014 collection unveiled in the ornate setting of
the Opera Garnier for Paris Fashion Week did not waver from
familiar terrain.

Sep 27, 2013

Asymmetry, modernity bloom at Dior’s secret garden in Paris

PARIS, Sept 27 (Reuters) – A colourful yet eerie pleasure
garden greeted guests to the Dior fashion show in
Paris on Friday, as artistic director Raf Simons introduced “a
new tribe of flower women” to the ready-to-wear scene.

For Dior’s spring/summer 2014 show at Paris fashion week,
Simons took inspiration from the interplay between the natural
and artificial worlds for his exploration of modernity that
featured asymmetrical shapes and loose silhouettes.

Sep 26, 2013

Interpol issues alert for UK ‘White Widow’ sought in Kenya

PARIS (Reuters) – Interpol issued a wanted persons alert at Kenya’s request on Thursday for Samantha Lewthwaite, a British citizen dubbed the “White Widow”, without mentioning any suspected role in the Nairobi mall attack.

The international police agency’s so-called “red alert” notice said Lewthwaite, 29, is wanted by Kenya on charges of possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011.

Sep 9, 2013

French chef Alain Ducasse rejects the easy ‘wow’ at Le Meurice

PARIS, Sept 9 (Reuters) – In “the prettiest dining room in
Paris,” hidden behind gilded glass doors at the opulent Le
Meurice hotel, Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse is not
interested in spectacle.

As Ducasse and his head chef, Christophe Saintagne, launch a
new menu that eschews over-worked, over-decorated and overly
pretentious food, understatement is even the order of the day in
the centrepieces – an heirloom tomato set atop a copper mold.

Sep 5, 2013
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West struggles to cope with online recruitment for Syria jihad


(A fighter from the Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra rides a motorcycle along a deserted street in Deir al-Zor August 17, 2013. Picture taken August 17, 2013. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi )

“I am French,” explains the young man in the YouTube video carrying a Kalashnikov and wearing a kufiya cotton headdress as he sits in front of a waving black-and-white flag of al Qaeda.

Sep 4, 2013

Insight: West struggles to cope with online recruitment for Syria jihad

PARIS (Reuters) – “I am French,” explains the young man in the YouTube video carrying a Kalashnikov and wearing a kufiya cotton headdress as he sits in front of a waving black-and-white flag of al Qaeda.

“Oh my Muslim brothers in France, Europe and in the whole world, Jihad in Syria is obligatory,” says the fair-skinned youth with sandy hair, wispy beard and southern French accent, imploring viewers to join him and his younger brother in Syria.

Sep 1, 2013

France says it cannot act alone on Syria as U.S. hesitates

PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – France said on Sunday it could not act alone against Syria after the United States stepped back from the brink, making Paris the last remaining top ally in the Western coalition to hesitate over punishing President Bashar al-Assad.

After President Barack Obama delayed an imminent strike by deciding to consult Congress and the British parliament vetoed any involvement, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is to discuss with senior lawmakers on Monday how to respond to allegations chemical weapons attacks were launched by Assad.

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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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