Oct 21, 2014

'Armed clowns' spread panic in northern France; teen convicted

The party is over for a fake clown who received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while in full circus garb, a disturbing trend terrifying towns in northern France. Whether brandishing a rubber chicken at a children’s party or starring as ...

Gehry's Vuitton art museum to set sail in Paris

Oct 19, 2014

Gehry's Vuitton art museum to set sail in Paris

Billowing sails of glass will join the Eiffel Tower and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart as permanent fixtures of the Paris skyline this month when the new Louis Vuitton contemporary art museum, designed by Frank Gehry, opens to the public. Thirteen years in ...

Marquis de Sade's sexual violence explored in Paris exhibition

Oct 18, 2014

Marquis de Sade's sexual violence explored in Paris exhibition

An unreconstructed libertine who turned debauchery into high art or a vile pornographer who tried to justify rape, murder and pedophilia? From Flaubert to Baudelaire, the influence of the Marquis de Sade on writers is well documented, but a new exhibition in Paris sets ...

Oct 10, 2014

Modiano strengthens France's literature Nobel dominance

France has more literature Nobel laureates than any other country, with 15 names including Patrick Modiano, widening the gap with runner-up the U.S., which has 12 Nobels. The very first literature laureate was French. Rene Francois Armand, writing as Sully Prudhomme, won the 1901 ...

Oct 10, 2014

Excerpts from Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano's books

Publishers’ descriptions and excerpts from some of Patrick Modiano’s books: “Missing Person” (“Rue des Boutiques Obscures“). “In this strange, elegant novel, Patrick Modiano portrays a man in pursuit of the identity he lost in the murky days of the Paris Occupation, the black hole ...