Oct 27, 2014

Clowns terrorizing parts of France

A wave of panic sparked by evil clowns stalking French towns has spread to the south of France, where police on Saturday night arrested 14 teenagers dressed as the pranksters, carrying pistols, knives and baseball bats. A police source said Sunday several teens were ...

Napoleon's two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction

Oct 25, 2014

Napoleon's two-cornered hat up for grabs at French auction

Rarely have a man and his hat been so linked in the collective imagination as Napoleon and his black, two-cornered hat. Next month, a “bicorne” felt hat thought to have belonged to the French emperor will be up for auction in Fontainebleau in what ...

From a century ago: Great War yields great champagne vintage

Oct 23, 2014

From a century ago: Great War yields great champagne vintage

Deep in the labyrinthine cellars of the Pol Roger Champagne house, rows of century-old bottles caked in mold bear testimony to perhaps the greatest, and surely the most heroic of vintages. As Champagne goes, 1914 was a superlative year, when the warmest of summers ...

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 ...