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 ...

Oct 8, 2014

EU regulators approve U.K. nuclear plant project with EDF

European Union regulators have approved Britain’s proposed £16 billion ($25.7 billion) nuclear power station to be built by French utility EDF, two sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The project at Hinkley Point, southwest England, is part of Britain’s strategy to replace a ...

One month in, Ukraine truce exists in name only

Oct 6, 2014

One month in, Ukraine truce exists in name only

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels marked a month since the signing of a Kremlin-backed truce on Sunday by engaging in one of the most heated battles of their six-month war over the ex-Soviet state’s eastern rustbelt. The artillery blasts that rocked the front line ...

Oct 5, 2014

Eiffel Tower's new glass floor aims to turn heads

A much-anticipated face lift of the Eiffel Tower will be unveiled Monday, with a new glass floor to dizzy the millions of tourists who flock to Paris’s best-known landmark every year. Its owners hope the formerly dowdy and draughty first floor will become as ...

Exploring France's Loire Valley on two wheels

Oct 4, 2014

Exploring France's Loire Valley on two wheels

by Karen Schwartz

There are hundreds of kilometers of bike trails through the chateaux towns of the Loire Valley in France — and that’s what tripped us up. We’d been trying to cycle the 27 km from Chenonceaux to Chaumont, but kept getting lost. We even asked ...