France swings to the right as Europe retrenches

Mar 24, 2015

France swings to the right as Europe retrenches

France, long the land of the left, is making a right turn. The top two parties in weekend local elections were the conservative UMP and the far right National Front. And even the governing Socialists are adopting traditionally rightwing policies: reducing labor protections, expelling ...

'Supertide' draws tens of thousands to France's Mont Saint-Michel

Mar 23, 2015

'Supertide' draws tens of thousands to France's Mont Saint-Michel

Thirty thousand people flocked to Mont Saint-Michel on Saturday to see the “tide of the century” surround the picturesque French landmark. Two people meanwhile drowned on the country’s west coast. A record-breaking crowd gathered at the rocky island topped with a Gothic Benedictine abbey ...

Thousands watch 'supertide' at France's famed Mont Saint-Michel

Mar 21, 2015

Thousands watch 'supertide' at France's famed Mont Saint-Michel

A “supertide” has turned France’s famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island and then retreated out of sight, delighting thousands of visitors who came to see the rare phenomenon. The so-called “tide of the century” actually happens every 18 years. Although the tide rushes in ...

Chinese rivaling French in buying Bordeaux lots

Mar 20, 2015

Chinese rivaling French in buying Bordeaux lots

by Laurent Abadie

Chinese investors now rival the French in buying vineyards in Bordeaux: a sign both of the region’s global prestige and China’s seemingly unquenchable thirst for wine, according to local property agencies and industry associations. More than 100 properties in France’s southwest wine-producing area are ...

New cancer fears in France over breast implants

Mar 18, 2015

New cancer fears in France over breast implants

France’s national cancer institute said on Tuesday there was a “clearly established link” between a rare form of cancer and a certain type of breast implant, as the health minister sought to allay fears. The national cancer institute (INCa) said there had been 18 ...

Mar 17, 2015

France likely to pass bill banning super-skinny models

The French government is likely to back a bill banning excessively thin fashion models as well as potentially fining the modelling agency or fashion house that hires them and sending the agents to jail, the health minister said on Monday. Style-conscious France, with its ...

France shuts out Italy in ugly match

Mar 16, 2015

France shuts out Italy in ugly match

France beat Italy 29-0 in a turgid, error-strewn match in the Six Nations on Sunday, with little at stake for either side apart from pride. Yoann Maestri scored the opening try at the start of the second half after a fantastic break from Scott ...