Eleanor Beardsley http://wfae.org en Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel http://wfae.org/post/despite-mideast-turmoil-more-french-jews-are-moving-israel Jews are leaving France and moving to Israel in unprecedented numbers this year.<p>With the departures expected to surpass 5,000, France could pull ahead of the U.S. for Jewish emigration to Israel, known as <em>aliya</em>. Usually, making <em>aliya</em> is a cause for celebration. But in France this year, it's tinged with bitterness.<p>The country, which has Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish populations, is experiencing repercussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 55522 at http://wfae.org Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://wfae.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 55357 at http://wfae.org This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy http://wfae.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 17:51:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 55336 at http://wfae.org From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI http://wfae.org/post/last-years-champion-predicts-drug-free-tour-de-france 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 14:28:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 54300 at http://wfae.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI Years Of Syrian Violence Have Changed The Face Of The French Jihadi http://wfae.org/post/years-syrian-violence-have-changed-face-french-jihadi Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Some European Muslims have been heading to Syria to join the fight alongside jihadist who were trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The conflict has been going on for more than three years and many Europeans are now fearful that those fighters may return to carry out attacks at home. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 53976 at http://wfae.org In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders http://wfae.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 16:59:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 53916 at http://wfae.org In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France http://wfae.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 18:26:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 53253 at http://wfae.org Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France Stromae, Global Star In The Making, Set To Touch Down In The U.S. http://wfae.org/post/stromae-global-star-making-set-touch-down-us <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_xH7noaqTA</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 53215 at http://wfae.org Stromae, Global Star In The Making, Set To Touch Down In The U.S. As Exasperation Mounts, French Rail Strike Turns Violent http://wfae.org/post/exasperation-mounts-french-rail-strike-turns-violent The French rail strike has enters it second week and train workers have clashed with riot police in Paris. The latest poll shows the striking train drivers are losing public support. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:28:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 53143 at http://wfae.org One Frenchman's Commitment To Keeping D-Day Memories Alive http://wfae.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 52515 at http://wfae.org One Frenchman's Commitment To Keeping D-Day Memories Alive