Mar 25, 2015

French elementary school principal admits sexually assaulting pupils

An elementary school head teacher confessed Tuesday to having tricked blindfolded pupils into oral sex during a workshop on experiencing new tastes, according to prosecutors. The confession followed earlier revelations the suspect obtained his job working with young children despite a 2008 conviction for ...

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 ...