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Arts Nov 06Virus-hit Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Co appeals for help
The English-language bookshop on the Seine River sent an email to customers last week to inform them that it was facing "hard times" and to encourage them to buy a book.
World Oct 17Suspect in teacher’s beheading in France was Chechen teen
France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said authorities investigating the killing of Samuel Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday arrested nine suspects, including the teen's grandfather, parents and 17-year-old brother.
Arts Oct 04Fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies from COVID-19 at age 81
Kenzo Takada, the iconic Franco-Japanese fashion designer famed for his jungle-infused designs and free-spirited aesthetic that channeled global travel, has died. He was 81.
Arts Jun 22Luxury fashion brands forced to confront racism in the industry
Luxury fashion got a whole lot of blowback when the brands lined up social media posts to show solidarity with Black Lives Matters protests.
World Apr 04Knifeman in southern France kills 2 in attack on passersby
A man wielding a knife attacked residents venturing out to shop in a town under lockdown south of the French city of Lyon Saturday, killing two people and wounding others, prosecutors said.
Health Mar 16France to ‘strongly reduce’ movement to slow spread of novel coronavirus
He says residents will only be permitted to leave their homes for necessary trips such as going to work or the supermarket.
Arts Mar 02Ecology and kinetic styles grace Paris Fashion Week shows
Here are some highlights of fall-winter 2020 shows.
World Dec 22Notre Dame fire wakes the world up to dangers of lead dust
It took a blaze that nearly destroyed Paris’ most famous cathedral to reveal a gap in global safety regulations for lead, a toxic building material found across many historic cities.
World Dec 20Notre Dame Cathedral to miss first Christmas in centuries
Notre Dame kept Christmas going even during two world wars — a beacon of hope amid the bloodshed. It was an accidental fire in peacetime that finally stopped the Paris cathedral from celebrating Midnight Mass this year.
World Dec 11French government ups retirement age as strikes grind on
Major unions were quick to reject government proposals and vowed to strike on.