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Dark chocolate - vital for pastry modelling, claims baker Yannick Tavolaro
27/03/2015 - FRANCE

'Racist' cakes banned from French shop window

A court in southern France has banned the display of cupcakes sporting naked figures of a man and a woman in dark chocolate on the grounds that they are racist.
Pierre Le Guennec and his wife Danielle at the courthouse in Grasse on February 10, 2015
20/03/2015 - France

Picasso’s former electrician handed suspended sentence

Pierre Le Guennec and his wife Danielle, who hid 271 Picasso works in their garage for close to 40 years, were given a two-year suspended sentence by a French court on Friday.

19/03/2015 - France - World

1300 chefs join worldwide French gastronomic extravaganza

1,300 chefs around the world joined a round the globe cook-in on Thursday aimed at promoting French cuisine.

Guide Michelin 2015
17/03/2015 - France

Fire guts top chef Marc Veyrat's restaurant

A fire caused considerable damage on Tuesday at the Alpine restaurant of multiple Michelin-starred French chef Marc Veyrat, said by some to be the world’s finest.
 

Models during the Paris Fashion Week, 11 March 2015.
17/03/2015 - France

French lawmakers debate ban on ultra-thin models

French lawmakers are to debate on Tuesday a ban on ultra-thin catwalk models.
A Shia-Muslim fighter in the town of Hamrin in Iraq's Salahuddin province
06/03/2015 - Unesco - Iraq

Unesco condemns Nimrud destruction

The Islamic State (IS) armed group’s destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud is a war crime, the head of the UN’s cultural arm, Unesco, said at its Paris headquarters on ...
Facebook is to face a French court, despite the small print
06/03/2015 - France - United States

French court rules it can judge Facebook in vagina painting case

A French court on Thursday ruled that it can judge a case against US social-networking site Facebook over its blocking of the account of a teacher who posted a painting of a vagina by Gustave ...
The head of the river god Acheolos on the wine kettle discovered at Landau, east France
05/03/2015 - France

Fifth-century tomb containing Greek, Etruscan relics found in eastern France

French archaeologists have unearthed an iron-age tomb dating back to the fifth century BC containing Greek and Etruscan objects showing that the local Celtic prince traded with the cities of the ...
A Kindle, you'll have to pay 20 per cent VAt to read books on it now
05/03/2015 - France - Luxembourg - European Union

France ordered to raise VAT on e-books

France has been ordered to raise sales tax on e-books from 5.5 per cent to 20 per cent.
The Origin of the World, 1866, by Gustave Courbet
05/03/2015 - France - United States

Court to rule that Facebook can be judged in France in vagina painting case

A Paris court was to rule on Thursday on whether US-based social-media site Facebook is answerable to French law.
Chinese museum of Empress Eugenie, Fontainebleau chateau.
02/03/2015 - France - China

Priceless Chinese artefacts stolen from Fontainebleau chateau

Fifteen chinese artefacts were lifted from Fontainebleau chateau - south of Paris - early on Monday morning.

IS members destroy a statue in Mosul museum
27/02/2015 - France - Iraq - Syria

Hollande condemns IS’s ‘barbaric’ destruction of ancient artefacts in Mosul

French President François Hollande on Friday condemned the “barbaric” destruction of ancient statues by the Islamic State (IS) armed group in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Diego Velazquez, The Toilet of Venus (1647-1651)
23/02/2015 - France

Art exhibitions in Paris, February-September 2015

Spanish splendour from Velazquez, vice and low life in Baroque-era Rome, Tudor pomp, domestic bliss and ladies in the bath and some louche Outsider Art hit the Paris museums and galleries this ...
Still from "Bwaya" by Francis Xavier Pasion
22/02/2015 - Report: Culture

Philippines’ film "Bwaya" takes gold at France’s main Asian Cinema Festival

A film about a crocodile in the Philippines outback helps raise local cultural awareness at home and abroad, coming out as the top jury pick at the 21st Festival International du Cinéma ...
Director Abderrahmane Sissako and his seven Césars awarded to him on Friday.
21/02/2015 - France

Timbuktu takes home seven Césars, Kirsten Stewart makes history

“Timbuktu” swept up seven awards including best film at Friday’s 40th annual César awards, while actress Kristen Steward became the first American actress to win ...
Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart in Olivier Assayas's Sils Maria
20/02/2015 - France

Kristen Stewart joins France’s cinema stars in running for César film award

France's own Oscars ceremony, the Césars, was to see the biggest and brightest stars of French cinema vie for the top awards on Friday evening.
Abderrahmane Sissako speaking to RFI
18/02/2015 - France - Mauritania

Timbuktu director Sissako to chair Cannes short film jury

Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako is to be the president of the short films jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the organisers announced on Tuesday.
Danish Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen (R) meets French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve at Krudttoenden in Oesterbro February 15, 2015.
15/02/2015 - France-Denmark-Europe

France side by side with Denmark after Paris' inspired terror attacks

France's Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Sunday promised to help the Danish people fight terrorism, following two fatal shootings that left two people dead and five police officers wounded.
François Hollande welcomes a Qatari delegation to the French Presidential palace, January 11 2015.
15/02/2015 - France: REPORT

France to cut Qatar funding of mosques in crackdown on islamic fundamentalism

The French government has announced a series of measures to clamp down on radical Islam being spread in mosques, and wants to cut financial support from countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Still from "Melbourne" by Nima Javidi
15/02/2015 - Report: Culture

Iranian movies in focus at French Asian fest

A new generation of filmmakers are taking Iran’s cinema industry in a new direction says a major promoter of Iranian independent films.
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