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Novelist Michel Houellebecq
30/08/2015 - FRANCE

French author Houellebecq threatens to sue Le Monde

French novelist Michel Houellebecq lashed out at Le Monde newspaper on TV on television this weekend, threatening to take legal advice about its use of "private correspondence".
Lilian Lepère
19/08/2015 - France

French media accused of endangering siege survivor after Charlie Hebdo killings

A man who hid under a sink from the Charlie Hebdo gunmen for eight hours has accused French media of endangering his life.
Michel Houellebecq
17/08/2015 - FRANCE

French author Houellebecq accused of intimidating press in spat with Le Monde

World-famous French author Michel Houellebecq is locked in bitter battle with Le Monde newspaper over a six-part series on him that started Monday.
Picasso's cubist "La Coiffeuse", worth about $15 million, was stolen in 2001

Lost Picasso returned to France 17 years after it was stolen

The painting “La Coiffeuse” (The Hairdresser), worth around 13.5 million euros, has turned up in Newark, in the United States, wrapped in a parcel.
Burgundy wine takes top three places in world rankings of most expensive wine
08/08/2015 - France

Raising a glass of Burgundy can set you back $15,000 a bottle

A rare Burgundy has emerged as the world's most expensive wine at more than $15,000- a little over 14,250 euros- a bottle, according to the British website WineSearcher.
The Picasso museum in Paris
04/08/2015 - France - Spain

Spanish banking family's Picasso seized by French customs

A Picasso worth more than 25 million euros and deemed a Spanish national treasure has been seized by French authorities from a boat docked on the Mediterranean island of Corisca.

Nigel Richards, New-Zealander is the new Francophone scrabble champion.
22/07/2015 - France

Francophone Scrabble world in shock after victory by New Zealander who does not speak French

The French Scrabble world is reeling after 47-year old New Zealander Nigel Richards' victory in the Francophone Scrabble title in Belgium but he is not a French speaker.
A billboard ad in the middle of farm gardens located in the Paris region
14/07/2015 - FRANCE

Billboard advertising banned from small French towns

Billboards advertising services such as hotels, restaurants and service stations will no longer be allowed at the entrance of French towns and villages of under 10,000 residents, as a law voted in ...
Cheb Mami at a concert in Algeria in 2011
13/07/2015 - France, Algeria

Rai star Cheb Mami fined 200,000 euros for plagiarism

A French court has ordered Franco-Algerian singer Cheb Mami and his production company EMI to pay a 200,000-euro fine to another Algerian songwriter for plagiarism last Friday.

Christian Audigier in Los Angeles, January 2013
11/07/2015 - FRANCE - United States

French fashion designer Christian Audigier dies aged 57 in Los Angeles

French fashion designer Christian Audigier has died in Los Angeles at the age of 57.
The face of a young woman was one of the ancient images found at Arles in the south of France
10/07/2015 - France

Rare ancient Roman frescos found in south of France

Extremely rare ancient Roman frescos, comparable to those found in the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii, have been uncovered in the historic southern French city of Arles.
Mu Naine Vihastas, a play about image(s) by Teatr N°99 at the Avignon Festival
09/07/2015 - AVIGNON FESTIVAL 2015

Estonian Teatre 99's N°51 Mu Naine Vihastas exposes deceptive appearance of image

A play from a troupe based in Tallin, Estonia, in the Baltic States, Teatr NO99 takes a sharp look at what is real and what is merely appearance, or perhaps what we today call "reality" (as ...
Plato's The Republic, in the Ceccano Garden at the Avignon Festival, July  2015
09/07/2015 - AVIGNON FESTIVAL 2015

Greeks contribute rich history to political debate

Philosophy and theatre go hand-in-hand at the Avignon Festival. A tripartie reading/performance combines actors and amateurs in a revisited 21st century version of Plato.

Lars Eidinger in the title role of Thomas Ostermeier's Richard III by William Shakespeare
07/07/2015 - Report: AVIGNON FESTIVAL 2015

Thomas Ostermeier makes Richard III popular in Avignon

The second of three Shakespeare plays has opened at the 69th Avignon Festival.
Riquet by Laurent Brethome
06/07/2015 - Report: Avignon Festival 2015

At 69, the Festival is keen to stay young

The Avignon Festival is setting out to conquer younger audiences. One way of encouraging this is by lowering the ticket price for the under 26s. Another is by increasing and improving the offer.
Corks popped and glasses clinked in Champagne and Burgundy this weekend
05/07/2015 - FRANCE

Unesco puts Champagne, Burgundy wine regions on world heritage list

French ministers and winemakers were popping the champagne corks this weekend after the UN's cultural arm, Unesco, declared the sparkling wine region part of the world's heritage, along with ...
Authors chosen for RFI's Avignon Festival, Ca va, ça va le monde, readings from 16th to 21st  July 2015
03/07/2015 - Report: Avignon Festival 2015

Undocumented migrants, King Lear in French and RFI feature in Avignon Festival 2015

The Avignon Festival strikes out into less well-known territory to find its roots this year. The official "In" festival in its 69th year with about 40 productions or coproductions.
Dylann Roof, suspected shooter of Charleston massacre, arrested in South Carolina, June 18, 2015.
19/06/2015 - UNITED STATES

Obama slams US gun culture after Charleston shooter arrested

US police arrested a white high school dropout Thursday suspected of carrying out a gun massacre at one of America's oldest black churches.
Anish Kapoor's Dirty Corner in the gardens of the Versailles Château
06/06/2015 - FRANCE - Britain

'Queen's vagina' sculpture at Versailles angers French hard right

British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor has angered French right-wingers by placing a sculpture he has described as "the queen's vagina" in the gardens of the historic Versailles château.
French President Francois Hollande welcomes Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 2, 2015.
02/06/2015 - France-Spain

Spanish royal couple back in France after German wings crash

Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia kicked off a three-day state visit in France on Tuesday, after having to delay their last trip because of a deadly plane crash in March involving dozens of ...
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