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[20 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

The newest official guardian of the French language has spoken: English, he says, is jumping the barricades and threatening the language of Moliere.
He should know. He’s British — the first from his nation to become one of the 40 esteemed “immortals” of the Academie Francaise, the institution that has watched over the French language since 1635.
Is he a fox in the hen house, as one might think given the history of mutual disdain between England and France? “No,” Michael Edwards assured. “Nor am I the Trojan Horse. I don’t want …

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[6 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

A French quadruple amputee has swum between islands in the icy Bering Strait to cross from the US to Asia in the final part of a quest to link all continents.
Philippe Croizon, 44, braved strong currents and near-freezing temperatures on Friday to swim the four kilometres from the US island of Little Diomede to the Russian island of Big Diomede. He said it took him about one hour and 20 minutes.
“This was the hardest swim of my life, with a water temperature of four degrees Celsius and strong currents,” the …

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[28 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

The Japanese city of Hiroshima, devastated by a World War II atomic bomb, has backed the granting of world heritage site status to the D-Day landing beaches in France, a local official said Wednesday.
The support for the bid for the coveted status—granted by the U.N. culture and science body UNESCO—came from the mayor of Hiroshima during a visit there by president of the Lower Normandy region, Laurent Beauvais.
Beauvais, whose region is home to the beaches that saw the 1944 landings by Allied troops who went on to end Nazi rule …

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[17 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

Since France banned smoking in public places more than four years ago, Parisians have felt little compunction about throwing their cigarette butts into the streets and gutters, overwhelming the city’s ability to keep them clean. A stroll through parts of Paris on weekend mornings is like walking in an ashtray.
Now the city is quietly trying something new, attaching little ribbed resin disks to public waste bins where smokers can put out their cigarettes.
But without much publicity, it may be a forlorn experiment in a city with a thriving nightlife where …

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[6 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]

THE most eagerly awaited show at the Paris haute couture collections was festooned with flowers – and Australian fashion models.
The Sydney model Julia Nobis opened the Christian Dior collection in Paris yesterday in a black tuxedo suit with cigarette trousers and an hourglass jacket shaped after the house’s signature Bar jacket.
The re-imaging came courtesy of the new Dior creative director, Raf Simons, who took up the reins following the sacking of previous designer John Galliano over a drunken, racist tirade.
Expectations were high for the Belgian couturier’s first collection for the …

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[4 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

The United States has returned a long-missing work of art to France, the third such handover in little more than a year.
The head of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement turned over to the French ambassador what the embassy described as a rare, historic and precious work by Impressionist Camille Pissarro titled The Fish Market. It had been taken in 1981 from the Faure Museum in Aix-les-Bains.
In returning The Fish Market, the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, said his agency’s cultural property, art and antiquities unit was set …

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[4 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

French champagne sales managed to weather the economic crisis in 2011, expecting to show 3.5 per cent growth thanks to exports to the United States and emerging countries, but a slowdown is in sight, the champagne trade association said on Monday.
The Comite Interprofessionel des Vins de Champagne (CIVC) estimated that about 330 million bottles of the fizzy drink were dispatched in 2011 when prices were up 3 to 5 per cent on average. That would take sales close to the record year of 2007 when 339 million bottles were sold …

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[24 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

France’s health ministry advised 30,000 women with breast implants made by French firm PIP to have them removed on Friday, saying while there is no proven cancer risk, they could rupture dangerously.
The government stressed there was no urgency but the advice will add to the concern of tens of thousands of other women around the world who have the same implants made from industrial rather than medical quality silicone.
Women with PIP implants “do not have a higher risk of cancer than women who have implants manufactured by other firms,” a …

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[20 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

British Euro-skeptics and many Conservatives were triumphant that Prime Minister David Cameron cast his veto in defense of the City of London at the European summit recently; to British liberals, it was a night of shame that the United Kingdom was so easily isolated; to Europe generally it was a chance to move on.
It is said that Germany rules, France reigns and Britain is lost in a fog in La Manche (the English Channel). In the U.S. and other markets, there is skepticism mixed with cynicism whether the European fiscal …

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[7 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

He sends her wine and gives her fine French cheese. She sends him teddy bears.
At last, after years of antipathy verging on outright hostility, the on-off relationship of Europe’s most unlikely couple looks set to be consummated this week.
Angela Merkel, 57, and Nicolas Sarkozy, 56, are thrashing out the final pre-nuptial arrangements for the political marriage of convenience that will save the euro and possibly Europe. The two leaders meet again today, in Paris, to see whether they can agree final terms for a closer union that could save the …