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The Operatic Potential Of DSK, A Modern Don Giovanni - NPR (blog)

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NPR (blog) The Operatic Potential Of DSK, A Modern Don Giovanni NPR (blog) But this story, with all its unchecked lust, dirty politics and deception, is a no-brainer — prêt-à-porter opera with myriad possibilities for onstage politics, deception...
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France raid nets three suspected jihadists

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Two men and a woman have been arrested in a dawn raid in southern France on suspicion of recruiting fighters for Syria and planning attacks at home, police said.
The suspects were arrested in the city of Albi in a joint raid by the DGSI
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An ‘explosion of violence’: French press reacts to Gaza protests

An ‘explosion of violence’: French press reacts to Gaza protests | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it
The French press has reacted with a mixture of alarm and condemnation over the descent into violence of two pro-Palestinian demonstrations in the country over the weekend.
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Paris ‘Locks of Love’ Overload Bridges, Threatening Structures

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Le Pont des Arts, the landmark Paris footbridge that links the Louvre museum to the Saint Germain neighborhood, is buckling under the weight of “love locks.” 

Although the origins of the trend are unclear, it has become a tradition for lovers to attach a lock to the railing on the sides of bridges in Paris to seal their love. Each lock weighs about54 to 90 grams. The mayor of Paris’s 6th arrondissement, where the bridge is located, says the locks on the Pont des Arts weigh as much 10 tons, or 22,000 pounds. The grate that collapsed yesterday weighed about 200 kilos and the bridge has about 50 of them.

“The issue raised by the locks is both one of aesthetics and security,” Bruno Julliard, the Paris mayor’s culture adviser, told Agence France-Presse last month as he unveiled a plan to find “artistic alternatives” to the spread of love locks.

There are several thousand locks just on the 155-meter long Pont des Arts. Their numbers are growing and the Paris mayor’s office is struggling to stop people from adding more, including on the Eiffel Tower.

“One can really wonder about the long-term capacity of this bridge to bear such weight,” Jean-Pierre Lecocq, the 6th arrondissement’s mayor who is opposed to the locks, said on his website today.

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François Hollande 'to marry Julie Gayet' - Telegraph

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French president reportedly close to proposing to Julie Gayet as party officials ask him to "formalise" his relationship with the actress
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Sarkozy vs Trierweiler: Teenage sons in Twitter spat

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Louis Sarkozy, 16, who is the son of former President Nicolas, even challenged Leonard Triérweiler, 15, the son of ex-First Lady Valérie, to a fight during the Twitter spat.
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France - Dozens arrested after pro-Palestine demonstrators defy ban in Paris

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Tear gas and the acrid smoke from burning cars filled the air above Paris as pro-Palestinian demonstrators, protesting against Israel's assault on Gaza, clashed with police in the French capital on Saturday.
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France bans pro-Palestinian demonstration over security

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France has prevented a pro-Palestinian rally, scheduled to be held here Saturday, as a measure to avoid risk of violence after clashes erupted during a same demonstration a week ago, a media report said Friday.
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In riot outside synagogue, French Jews were left to protect themselves

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A violent confrontation at a Paris synagogue leaves France’s Jews reflecting on their vulnerability and the value of self-reliance.
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As Anti-Semitism Rises French Jews Flee France for Israel – BBC

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1 Million ‘Likes’ for Burgled Nice Jeweller
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Apple Suppresses Jewish App Worldwide

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A Siren Call for Secularism: How Those who Label France ‘Burqaphobic’ Miss the Point

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Islamist Ideology is ‘Dangerous, Corrosive’, ‘Incompatible With Modern World’: Tony Blair

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French train crash: Signal problems, uneven speed

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France's transport chief says faulty maintenance on a signal and hot weather may have played a role in the collision of two trains in southwest France, which left 25 injured.
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How the Synagogue of Rue de la Roquette Was Attacked by a Mob, and Fought Back

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This account of the recent violence against a synagogue in Paris, translated from the French, appeared on July 14 on the website of the Collectif Haverim. It was signed by Aurélie A., who identifies herself as a member of the Synagogue of La Roquette, which was besieged by a violent mob of between ...
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Will 2014 Be the Year of the Quenelle ?
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As Anti-Semitism Rises French Jews Flee France for Israel – BBC

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French Jihadis Going to Syria are like Internationalist Brigades Going to 1936 Spain

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French blogger fined for restaurant review

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A French judge has ruled against a blogger because her scathing restaurant review was too prominent in Google search results.

The judge ordered that the post's title be amended and told the blogger Caroline Doudet to pay damages.

Ms Doudet said the decision made it a crime to be highly ranked on search engines.

The restaurant owner said the article's prominence was unfairly hurting his business.

Ms Doudet was sued by the owner of Il Giardino restaurant in the Aquitaine region of southwestern France after she wrote a blogpost entitled "the place to avoid in Cap-Ferret: Il Giardino".

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Regular readers of French News Online will know that our July 9, 2014 story on this unusual judgment - see link below -- was way ahead of today's BBC report. (Note the BBC links through to Arret sur Images which it mistakenly calls  "Arret sur Internet")

 

Bloggers Beware! A Too Critical Review Could Bring costly Damages in Bordeaux

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French auditors slam Areva for Olkiluoto nuclear project in Finland

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The French nuclear contractor Areva is at the centre of a storm of criticism by French government auditors over its operations. Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority STUK says it still hasn’t received all of the new paperwork relating to nuclear safety for the long-delayed Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant currently at a standstill in western Finland. And the company remains locked in a cycle of recrimination with the plant's owner.
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Jail time for ex-National Front candidate over 'monkey' jibe

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A former local election candidate for France’s far-right National Front (FN) was sentenced to nine months in prison Tuesday for comparing the country’s black Justice Minister Christiane Taubira to a monkey - a ruling condemned by the party’s leaders.
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This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest | KQED

This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest | KQED | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it

Culture is very important in France, and a majority of French people think it should be above the laws of the marketplace. But things are changing. Festival director Olivier Py says this struggle is symbolic of the unease felt everywhere in France.

Despite the beauty of the city, Py says, people are scared and unsure of the future. He says the economic crisis in France has spawned a moral crisis that is shaking the foundations of the country — and its cultural legacy.

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A Striking Display of Naked Anger Threatens France’s World-Famous Summer Festival Season

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From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy

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If you go to France this summer, you might notice a new logo in restaurant windows or on menus. It's a simple graphic of a rooftop covering a saucepan
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Watch the video in this report and then ask your maitre d' some sharp questions:  
Caveat Emptor – A French Foodies Horror Movie
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Crisis What Crisis Try A €1200 Curnonsky Menu
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Are Europe and its Jews heading for divorce?

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Will France expel its Jews? Come on. In contrast, the Jews will expel themselves, at least the most vulnerable, the most exposed. To the great detriment of France itself. One thing is certain, the fate of the Jews has always been the infallible test of the moral health of a nation. -  Eli Barnavi former Israeli ambassador to France.

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Popular French PM Valls loses shine as approval ratings slips | Reuters

Popular French PM Valls loses shine as approval ratings slips | Reuters | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it
PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has slipped below a 50 percent approval rating for the first time since he was nominated in a March cabinet reshuffle, a poll showed on Sunday, as President
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French wine in crisis? That's good news for small producers

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Quality in France is more widely available than ever, with many of the best wines from unheralded regions

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French police and pro-Palestinian protesters clash

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Police clashed on Saturday with thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters who defied a ban on a Paris demonstration over the Israeli offensive in Gaza. More than 30 people were arrested and it wasn't immediately clear if there were injuries.
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Number of migrants arrested in France trying to enter UK doubles

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The number of migrants seeking to enter Britain illegally through France has more than doubled to 10,500 in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year, officials said Friday.
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Looking for red wine in French valley famous for white

Looking for red wine in French valley famous for white | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it
The Loire Valley, which stretches for 1,000 kilometers through northern France, is one of the country’s most varied wines regions, partly due to its expansive geography.
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French jazz fans outsmart Hitler - Riviera Reporter

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The world’s first international jazz festival was held in Nice in 1948. But France’s relationship with this music started some 30 years earlier during the World War II.
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Jazz That Transcends Borders Comes With the 39th Souillac Jazz Festival – 19-26 July 2014

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40 injured in TGV train crash in southwest France

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BORDEAUX - Forty people were injured, four of them seriously, in a collision between a high-speed TGV and a regional train near the southwest French city of Pau on Thursday, authorities said.
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Beans, Baristas and Brews. Finding Delicious Coffee in Paris!

Beans, Baristas and Brews. Finding Delicious Coffee in Paris! | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it

No, that is not a misprint.  You, like me, have likely endured numerous tiny cups of mediocre, badly brewed, bitter Arabica coffee in Parisian cafés.  Perhaps you’ve also wondered why, in this culture so often defining exquisite taste and culinary sophistication, coffee seems to have utterly missed the high-bar set by French expectations.

Hear, hear.  The good news is that in recent months top-quality coffee in Paris has burst onto the foodie scene, transforming the depth and breadth of the coffee experience for folks who seek out really good, even great, coffee.

Interestingly the current new-wave of fine coffee shops has been largely stimulated by non-French coffee aficionados.  Here are two delightfully different sources for caffeinating in convivial surroundings in central Paris.

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Parisians Prepare for a Catty Coffee Break
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When Petit Noir becomes Caramel Macchiato
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French body suspends plan for Halal prison meals

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PARIS (AP) — France's highest administrative body has suspended a plan to provide Halal meals for Muslim inmates in one prison.
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