Philippine de Rothschild, grande dame of wine, dies at 80

Aug 25, 2014

Philippine de Rothschild, grande dame of wine, dies at 80

Philippine de Rothschild, an energetic and self-certain grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards owned by the family dynasty, has died, her company said Sunday. She was 80. She died Friday in Paris “from the effects of a ...

Robbers ambush Saudi prince's convoy in Paris

Aug 19, 2014

Robbers ambush Saudi prince's convoy in Paris

Armed robbers ambushed a car in a Saudi prince’s diplomatic convoy on its way to a Paris airport commonly used for private jets, raiding the Mercedes for valuables then torching and abandoning the vehicle, police and prosecutors said Monday. Five to eight assailants flashed ...

Jun 3, 2014

Awa Odori dancers bound for Paris

Dozens of Japanese folk dancers will perform the traditional Awa Odori in Paris next year as part of efforts to promote Japanese culture overseas, organizers say. It is believed to be the first planned performance in France of the weaving dance, which is native ...

Anime-themed Japanese sword exhibition to open in Paris

Apr 30, 2014

Anime-themed Japanese sword exhibition to open in Paris

An exhibition showcasing traditional Japanese swords as well as replicas of blades that appeared in the animated series “Neon Genesis Evangelion” opened at the Japan Cultural Institute in Paris on Wednesday. The “Evangelion and Japanese Swords” show was devised jointly by the Bizen Osafune ...

Apr 28, 2014

Paris cops charged with raping tourist

Two elite French police officers were charged Sunday with raping a Canadian tourist in their Paris headquarters in a case that has sent shock waves across France. Four policemen were taken into custody after the 34-year-old woman filed a complaint saying she had been ...

Paris fights smog with drastic measures

Mar 18, 2014

Paris fights smog with drastic measures

Paris imposed drastic measures Monday to combat its worst air pollution in years, banning around half of the city’s cars and trucks from its streets for a day in an attempt to reduce the toxic smog that’s shrouded the City of Light for more ...

Japanese wins international bakery contest in France

Mar 13, 2014

Japanese wins international bakery contest in France

Yuki Nagata has won first prize in the bread category in the Bakery Masters competition in a Paris suburb. Nagata, a 33-year-old baker from Kanagawa Prefecture, was one of three Japanese participants in the five-day international competition, called Les Masters de la Boulangerie in ...

Asian tuk-tuks filling niche in Paris

Aug 31, 2013

Asian tuk-tuks filling niche in Paris

The humble tuk-tuk, a fixture of Asian cities from Bangkok to Bangalore, is rapidly becoming a common sight in the touristy parts of Paris — and the bane of traffic police. The three-wheeled auto rickshaws, as well as human-powered pedicabs, first appeared in the ...

Crime takes shine off Paris for Chinese

Apr 8, 2013

Crime takes shine off Paris for Chinese

Mass muggings and attacks on Chinese tourists in Paris have spawned alarm and warnings of a decline in the number of free-spending visitors from the Asian giant who swarm to France. More than 1 million Chinese visitors come every year to France, a country ...