France has issued a decree restricting access to the summit of the country's highest mountain, Mont Blanc. As a result of overcrowding and safety risks, climbers will not be allowed on the peak's popular "Royal Route" for the next eight days, officials said.
Officially, Africa's involvement in the World Cup ended in Samara on June 28, when Senegal were eliminated by Colombia. But in the eyes of football fans from across the continent, there is still one African team left in the tournament. And they face Croatia in the final on Sunday.
It started with a tweet. Kate Hill, who ran Kitchen at Camont in Gascony, was taking applicants for a culinary writing residency at her 300-year-old farmhouse retreat in rural southwest France. She wanted someone to come stay in a little blue room, join in Camp Confit, and write their heart out.
Scientists haven't given too much attention to the significance of horse snorting before now. The expulsion of air through the equine nose has normally been connected with "clearing phlegm, flies or other irritants".
France entered the European Championships in 2016 with perhaps the most talented squad, and Les Bleus beat fellow tournament favorite Germany in the semifinal. A final matchup loomed against a less-heralded Portugal, which had never won the tournament.
The distance from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Moscow is 1,700 miles. The obvious joke is that N’Golo Kanté could probably jog the distance in his sleep. But a more sincere assessment takes in a five-year route from the third tier of French football to the most important football match on earth.
Don’t be alarmed today if you see a red-white-and-blue-clad mime cheering for Les Bleus. It doesn’t mean you’ve missed the World Cup Final, but instead have stumbled into a Bastille Day celebration.
The French football team has made the World Cup final for the first time since 2006—and 20 years after it won the trophy on home soil in 1998. “Les Bleus,” as they’re called, are back in the nation’s good books, celebrated for their excellent performance in this year’s tournament.
France has always been a popular destination for expats, with its beautiful scenery and easy going pace of life it attracts both young and old looking for a new life with improved living standards.
IT HAS been many years since France last had a revolution, or even a serious attempt at reform. Stagnation, both political and economic, has been the hallmark of a country where little has changed for decades, even as power has rotated between the established parties of left and right. Until now.
PARIS — Whether Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who killed more than 80 people during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, was an agent of the Islamic State or an unhinged loner who borrowed the group’s jihadist symbols, the slaughter raises the same fundamental question: Why do so many more attacks of
PARIS — For at least the last three French elections, voters in the town of Louviers, about 60 miles northwest of Paris, have cast ballots for the candidate who ultimately won the presidency. So who are they voting for on Sunday, in the country’s closest race in memory? “I haven’t decided.
LIFEGUARDS in Australia wear them. A mainstream British retailer sells a fashion version of them on the high street.
PANTIN, France — I live just outside Paris, beyond the Périphérique, the eternally clogged ring road that separates the City of Light from its suburban areas of darkness. My neighborhood is in Pantin, where the infamous northeastern suburbs — the banlieues — begin.
The storm over bans on burkinis in more than 30 French beach towns has all but drowned out the voices of Muslim women, for whom the full-body swimsuits were designed.
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AMONG the distressing questions that crowd the French consciousness after the latest terrorist horror, one of the more familiar is: why France? This was the third major attack on French soil since the Charlie Hebdo killings in January 2015, and the bloodiest ever in France after the Bataclan murders
WASHINGTON — There is something inherently head-spinning about the so-called burkini bans that are popping up in coastal France.
PARIS — Two weeks after the Nov. 13 attacks here, many of the memorials around the monument in the Place de la République are bedraggled, the hand-drawn signs rain-soaked, the candles exhausted, the flowers dropping their petals.
France is making it illegal for large supermarkets to throw away edible food as part of a series of measures to cut down on waste.
The world has long been plagued by the myth of French women. We can’t seem to get enough of what makes them so effortlessly beautiful, impossibly fashionable, and perfect in every way.
The TV images of the Tour de France show an idyllic country, but behind the gloss is a nation where fears of decline are prompting people to vote for the far right. A trip along the route of the world's most famous cycling race reveals the deep uncertainty ailing the French.
PARIS — In a country recently transfixed by the trial of a famous politician that revealed details of his orgy escapades, and where the president was found to be cheating on his live-in partner, an ad promoting extramarital affairs might not seem like such a big deal.
Paris — SINCE the attacks two weeks ago, I’ve been avoiding supermarkets — which seem like potential targets — and doing most of my shopping at a minimarket. The cashier there, a young man from Mali, keeps telling me not to be afraid. I’ve been getting this lecture all the time.
By Ben Judah for Standpoint Magazine. You only really know Paris when you know the Métro.
From authoritarian power grabs to Andrew Neil’s nonsensical eulogy, the reaction to the Paris attacks proves that we haven’t learned from our past mistakes From authoritarian power grabs to Andrew Neil’s nonsensical eulogy, the reaction to the Paris attacks proves that we haven
PARIS — A general strike and widespread protests over high crime and economic hardship paralyzed French Guiana on Monday, as the government struggled to quell growing unrest that has disrupted travel, closed schools and thrust one of France’s often-overlooked overseas territories into the spotli
Paris — IN the aftermath of the January attacks in Paris, I spent two days transfixed watching the news. In the aftermath of the Nov. 13 attacks, I hardly turned on the television; I just called the people I knew (no small number) who lived in the neighborhoods that were hit.
This is often accompanied by calls to match the health care coverage of "the rest of the world." But this overlooks a crucial fact: The “rest of the world” is not all alike.
ST. PIERRE, St. Pierre and Miquelon — Christina Hamel remembers when the island of St. Pierre, a foggy French outpost a dozen miles off the coast of Newfoundland, once thronged with boisterous fishermen from Europe, Russia and Canada.
Yes, Paris is an amazing city for a stroll, but some streets simply stand out more than the others. From charming walkways to extravagant roads - here are ten that you should really prioritize. And be prepared for a few you might not have heard of before.
France goes to the polls on Sunday in a presidential election shaped by economic insecurity, cultural paranoia and terrorism. Natalie Nougayrède travels to the south-west and tries to make sense of the most important vote of her lifetime
This week, we roam France, sampling three regional cuisines: the richness of Gascony (below), the earthy pleasures of Médoc, and the new vibrancy of Bordeaux. Also check out the Food section’s guide to French cooking and our survey of five classic specialties, from bouillabaisse to galettes.
Paris — For some time France has been a country that does not like itself. Somewhere on the road from its humiliation in World War II to its disappointment with European integration to its discomfort with globalization, France slid into moroseness. High-speed trains purred; France pouted.
The driver of a large white truck mowed down a crowd gathered to watch Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France, on Thursday night. Scores of people were killed and injured in what the French government has called a terrorist assault, the third major attack on the country in 19 months.
On Friday Standard & Poor’s, the bond-rating agency, downgraded France. The move made headlines, with many reports suggesting that France is in crisis. But markets yawned: French borrowing costs, which are near historic lows, barely budged. So what’s going on here? The answer is that S.& P.
PARIS — Shortly after 9:45 p.m. Friday, at halftime of an exhibition soccer match between France and Germany, the players on both teams went to their locker rooms to rest while the coaches, who normally would have been reviewing their strategies, instead received shocking news.
LONDON — In France, the land of Molière, questions of language are so sacred that every Thursday the “immortals,” the guardians of the French language at the Académie Française, meet to discuss — among other things — proposed changes to the institution’s vaunted dictionary.
PARIS — When a fledgling alternative press published Gabrielle Deydier’s plaintive memoir of growing up fat in France, there was little expectation that the book would attract much notice.
When you imagine France and its scenic countryside, you might think of the picturesque villages, vineyards a plenty and endless rolling green hills to drive through on a blissful summer road trip.
French scientists claim they may have found a physiological, and seemingly treatable, cause for dyslexia hidden in tiny light-receptor cells in the human eye.
PARIS — A casual remark about France’s wartime anti-Jewish actions by Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Front, threatened on Monday to derail her yearslong effort aimed at “un-demonizing” her party just as she is emerging as a strong contender in this month’s presidential
The French parliament is debating a new road map for French universities, which includes the proposal of allowing courses to be taught in English.
France has been shaped by its own history. One of the most overlooked aspects of the French history is how important Lafayette was.
PARIS — The policeman in the photo is nattily attired and appears to have a slight smirk as he writes out a ticket for the woman standing before him awkwardly in her offending swimwear; perhaps he enjoys making her feel uncomfortable. No, she is not wearing a burkini.
LE DÉCLINISME has long been on the rise in France.
France is perennially one of the most popular countries to visit in the world — and for good reason. Millions of people go to France each year to see incredible art in Paris, lie on the gorgeous beaches of the French Riviera, and sip wine in Bordeaux.
VICHY, France — Perhaps this small city could be forgiven for thinking, 70 years after the end of World War II, that it might be thought of as something other than the capital of the collaborationist government of Marshal Philippe Pétain.
As a reporter in the Bosnian war, in 1993 I went to Belgrade to visit Vuk Drašković, the Serb nationalist politician and writer who was then leading the mass opposition against the Slobodan Milošević regime.
It’s 2022, and France is living in fear. The country is roiled by mysterious troubles. Regular episodes of urban violence are deliberately obscured by the media.
Gilles Kepel, a French political scientist, was at home in Paris brushing his teeth one morning last June when his cellphone rattled on the sink. It was a text from a journalist he knew: “I’m sorry to tell you this, but you’re on the death list.
For those of us in the United States who were young and politically progressive in 1968, the protests, strikes and other forms of civil unrest that overtook France in May of that year offered hope. The uprising was not simply a fight against something, like our fight against the Vietnam War.
We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills? When a sleepy Marc Dubois walked into the cockpit of his own aeroplane, he was confronted with a scene of confusion.
On the last day of May in 2009, as night enveloped the airport in Rio de Janeiro, the 216 passengers waiting to board a flight to Paris could not have suspected that they would never see daylight again, or that many would sit strapped to their seats for another two years before being found dead in t
LONDON — The burkini has become perhaps the most potent symbol in France’s long-running battle over its vaunted secular identity.
If the French Ministry of Culture were to hold hearings on why there are so few innovative young French filmmakers today, Claire Simon’s documentary “The Graduation” (“Le Concours,” better translated as “The Entrance Exam”) could be Exhibit A.
French parliamentarians have passed a law banning fossil fuel extraction. President Macron says he wants France to lead the world with switch to renewables
MAGNANVILLE, France — The first time Larossi Abballa appeared on the radar of French terrorism investigators, the only act of violence they could pin on him was killing bunnies.
“IT’S SIMPLE UNTIL you make it complicated”, reads a poster pinned to the wall of the hangout room. Purple and green cushions on the sofa are printed with other injunctions, such as “Less meeting, more doing”.