Tag: France

A Rebel French Poet Draws New Followers to the Hometown He Hated

CHARLEVILLE-MÉZIÈRES, France — When Bernard Colin took over as caretaker of this city’s cemetery 27 years ago, his predecessor gave him some remarkably non-prescient advice: “Don’t worry, you won’t be bothered by the grave of Arthur Rimbaud — no one visits it.” Now 60, Mr. Colin collects a few letters every week, from as far […]

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A French Worker Died After Sex on a Business Trip. His Company Is Liable.

LONDON — A court in France has ruled that a man who died from a heart attack after having sex during a business trip had suffered a work-related accident and that his employer was liable. The man, who was identified in court documents only as Xavier, traveled in 2013 to the Loiret region in central […]

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France seeks Facebook Libra cryptocurrency ban in Europe

France’s economic minister declared that the French government intends to block the development of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency in Europe because of the systematic threats it poses to financial security and stability. During remarks at an OECD conference dedicated to cryptocurrencies, France’s Bruno Le Maire said that risks are simply too great and trust in Facebook […]

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Thanks to France, Team USA Just Caught the L of the Century

United States’ Donovan Mitchell, center and France’s Evan Fournier at left races for the ball during a quarterfinal match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Dongguan in southern China’s Guangdong province on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. France defeated United States 89-79.Photo: AP Photo (Ng Han Guan) Since 2006, Team USA had won 58 straight […]

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French Housing Project, Once a Symbol of the Future, Is Now a Tale of the Past

IVRY-SUR-SEINE, France — Appropriately enough, it started with a countdown — “Trois, deux, un, zéro!” — as the onlookers on the outskirts of Paris looked into the sky. The liftoff on a recent Saturday was surprisingly sluggish, as if the machine rose from the earth only reluctantly. But after gathering momentum, the demolition crane grabbed […]

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‘Indecent’ and ‘Absurd’: Project for Gare du Nord Divides Paris

PARIS — A group of leading French architects have denounced a plan to renovate the Gare du Nord, one of Paris’s main train stations, calling the designs that would turn the station into a glassy, mammoth, restaurant-filled shopping mall “indecent,” “absurd” and “unacceptable.” The plan for the Gare du Nord, the terminus for the Eurostar […]

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The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran

In July of 2017, the White House was at a crossroads on the question of Iran. President Trump had made a campaign pledge to leave the “terrible” nuclear deal that President Barack Obama negotiated with Tehran, but prominent members of Trump’s cabinet spent the early months of the administration pushing the mercurial president to negotiate […]

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As Deaths Mount, France Tries to Get Serious About Domestic Violence

ILE-ROUSSE, Corsica — Julie Douib tried to do everything right. She left her abusive partner. She reported his violence to the police at least a dozen times. After he forced her to give up custody of their two children for the weekend, she told the police that he had a license for a gun and […]

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France Dangles $15 Billion Bailout for Iran in Effort to Save Nuclear Deal

A senior Iranian delegation arrived in Paris on Monday to work out the details of a financial bailout package that France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, intends to use to compensate Iran for oil sales lost to American sanctions. In return for the money, Iran would agree to return to compliance with a 2015 nuclear accord. Iranian […]

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Holidays Are a Way of Life in France in August. Yellow Vests Can’t Afford Them.

AUMETZ, France — It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way, spending summer vacation by a traffic circle. But even as much of the rest of France spent August at the beach, “Yellow Vest” demonstrators gathered near their habitual roundabout on a Friday evening. They shared drinks, sitting on mismatched chairs and lounging on castoff […]

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Cops Hijack Botnet, Remotely Wipe Malware From 850,000 Computers

French police, with help from an antivirus firm, took control of a server that was used by cybercriminals to spread a worm programmed to mine cryptocurrency from more than 850,000 computers. Once in control of the server, the police remotely removed the malware from those computers. Antivirus firm Avast, which helped France’s National Gendarmerie cybercrime […]

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Who Owns the Amazon?

News Update: Brazil rejected the $22 million in Amazon aid pledged at the G7. At the Group of 7 summit, aides to President Trump complained that the French president, Emmanuel Macron, was focusing the summit not on the global economy but on “niche issues” — among them climate change. At the same time, fires continued […]

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How Emmanuel Macron Positioned Himself as Star of the G7 Show

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron of France seemed to be everywhere at once during the Group of 7 summit. For the space of a weekend, at least, the West appeared to have one person running the show, and it was not the American president. One day, Mr. Macron was wooing President Trump over a long, […]

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Brazil Says It Will Reject $22 Million in Amazon Aid Pledged at G7

RIO DE JANEIRO — Hours after leaders of some of the world’s wealthiest countries pledged more than $22 million to help combat fires raging in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil’s government angrily rejected the offer, in effect telling the other nations to mind their own business. President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil expressed his ire in a […]

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As Trump Swerves on Trade War, It’s Whiplash for the Rest of the World

BIARRITZ, France — Remember when President Xi Jinping of China was the “enemy”? That was so Friday. As of Monday, according to President Trump, Mr. Xi was “a great leader” and a “brilliant man.” What about that edict by Mr. Trump, who “hereby ordered” American companies to leave China? Three days later, he was positive […]

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Paris Prosecutor Opens Investigation in Jeffrey Epstein Scandal

PARIS — Prosecutors in France said on Friday that they had opened a preliminary investigation into the scandal surrounding the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, in connection with possible offenses such as rape, the sexual assault of minors and criminal conspiracy. Rémy Heitz, the Paris prosecutor, announced the investigation after “exchanges” with the United States authorities, […]

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White Supremacists Stole My Rabbi Husband’s Identity

My husband and I were sitting on a tarmac at Newark Airport, just having landed from a vacation in France, relieved to come home, where we could be openly Jewish again. Visits to that country are always laced with stress for us, Orthodox Jews whose appearance broadcasts our identity. Being home meant that my husband, […]

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Louisiana Says ‘Oui’ to French, Amid Explosion in Dual-Language Schools

MAMOU, La. — On the first morning of school on the Cajun prairie last week, Alice Renard marched her third graders outdoors and under the sheltering arms of a live oak, speaking to them in a language that used to be beaten out of Louisiana schoolchildren. Ms. Renard’s Parisian French seemed at once at home […]

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