Eleanor Beardsley http://wwno.org en This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://wwno.org/post/year-avignon-festival-stage-both-plays-and-protest Every July, for one month a year, the southern French city of Avignon becomes a theater. Actors, directors and playwrights converge on the walled, medieval town, where thespians perform in every playhouse, opera house, church and even in the streets. It's all part of the Avignon Theater Festival, which was started in 1947 by renowned French actor and director Jean Vilar.<p>"The main idea is that culture is not only for rich people but for everybody," says dramatist Olivier Py, director of this year's 68th Avignon Festival. "That was quite a change. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 65055 at http://wwno.org From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy http://wwno.org/post/scratch-or-not-french-restaurant-law-stirs-controversy If you go to France this summer, you might notice a new logo in restaurant windows or on menus. It's a simple graphic of a rooftop covering a saucepan, and it's supposed to designate <em>fait maison</em>, or homemade. It's designed to highlight places that make their own dishes rather than bringing in frozen or <a href="http://modernistcuisine.com/2013/01/why-cook-sous-vide/">sous vide</a> — prepared meals cooked in a water bath, sealed in airtight plastic bags and designed to be heated up later.<p>I know, you're thinking, French restaurants don't cook their own food? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:54:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 65030 at http://wwno.org Stromae, Global Star In The Making, Set To Touch Down In The U.S. http://wwno.org/post/stromae-global-star-making-set-touch-down-us <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_xH7noaqTA</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:09:11 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 64870 at http://wwno.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI http://wwno.org/post/cleaner-tour-de-france-kicks-nod-wwi Last year, the Tour de France celebrated its 100th anniversary with a spectacular sound and light show at the Arc de Triomphe during the closing ceremony.<p>It might be hard to duplicate that kind of enthusiasm at this year's Tour, which begins Saturday, especially with competition from the World Cup in Brazil. But the 2014 Tour will be special too, says Matthieu Barberousse, a journalist with <em>L'Equipe</em> sports newspaper.<p>"Tour de France is always a kind of combination between tradition and modernity," Barberousse says. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:36:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 63938 at http://wwno.org In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders http://wwno.org/post/paris-training-wheels-littlest-riders A bike rental scheme in Paris that began seven years ago has been such a success, the city has launched a version for children. Parents can now rent bikes for tots up to 8 years old at locations across the city.<p>Officials say the program won't cost Paris a cent and might help build a new generation of environmentally conscious citizens — or perhaps inspire a few future Tour de France champions.<p>The original, adult enterprise is named Velib, which stands for <em>velo </em>— or bicycle — <em>Liberte. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:13:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 63499 at http://wwno.org Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France http://wwno.org/post/brutal-vigilante-attack-roma-teen-shocks-france A vigilante attack against a Roma teenager has shocked France and put pressure on the French government to improve conditions for the ethnic minority. Human rights advocates say the rise of a xenophobic climate in the country may have contributed to the attack.<p>French news reports say <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/18/world/europe/roma-teenager-in-coma-after-attack-near-paris.html?_r=0">16-year-old Darius, whose last name has not been released, was found bloodied and unconscious in a grocery cart by the side of the road</a> in a suburb north of Paris. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:42:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 62905 at http://wwno.org One Frenchman's Commitment To Keeping D-Day Memories Alive http://wwno.org/post/d-day-french-remember-us-sacrifices During my many visits to Normandy, I have come across many French people committed to preserving the memory of the young men who sacrificed their lives here to liberate the continent from Nazi tyranny. On my latest, trip, I met up again with Joseph Delecolle, who I had interviewed at the 60<sup>th</sup> D-Day anniversary in 2004.<p>Delecolle was back, dressed as before in the uniform of an American GI and driving his rebuilt, 1940s-era American jeep.<p>"Each year I go to Normandy to cry," he says. "I don't know why because I was not alive during the war. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 15:46:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 62142 at http://wwno.org Allies Land Again In Normandy, This Time To Honor D-Day Vets http://wwno.org/post/allies-land-again-normandy-time-honor-d-day-vets Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. It has been 70 years since D-Day. And the world is remembering the Allied invasion that freed Europe from the grip of the Nazis in World War II. We'll hear about commemorations, and we'll look back with some veterans in this part of the program. We'll hear first from Normandy and France. That's where leaders from 19 countries gather today, Present Obama among them. They remember the sacrifice made by the tens of thousands of young servicemen. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 62088 at http://wwno.org 70 Years On, A Normandy Village Honors Aging WWII Veterans http://wwno.org/post/villages-across-normandy-celebrate-aging-world-war-ii-vets Germaine and Lucien Rigault, 86 and 89 years old, respectively, lean out their first-floor window, watching people go by. They were here in the tiny French hamlet of La Cambe on June 6, 1944, the day the Allies invaded Normandy and began the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi control during World War II.<p>"I remember June 6 very well. We saw the first planes bombing and we knew something was happening on the coast. And soon we began seeing American soldiers," he recalled. "We were scared, but very happy to be liberated. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:25:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 61981 at http://wwno.org Le Pen Victory In France Presents A Paradox For Hollande http://wwno.org/post/le-pen-victory-france-presents-paradox-hollande Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Far-right political parties won big in European parliamentary elections in many countries last weekend. Their victory was particularly painful in France, a founding member of the European Union, and has deepened the sense of crisis for the very unpopular Socialist president, Francois Hollande. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports from Paris.<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: National front-leader Marine Le Pen was glowing on election night last Sunday after her party got 26 percent of the vote, twice as much as the ruling Socialist party. Sun, 01 Jun 2014 11:46:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 61783 at http://wwno.org