Eleanor Beardsley http://ktep.org en Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel http://ktep.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 Western 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 45289 at http://ktep.org Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://ktep.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 45136 at http://ktep.org This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy http://ktep.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 45114 at http://ktep.org From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI http://ktep.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 14:41:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 44081 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 43750 at http://ktep.org In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders http://ktep.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 43686 at http://ktep.org In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France http://ktep.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 43017 at http://ktep.org Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France Stromae, Global Star In The Making, Set To Touch Down In The U.S. http://ktep.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 42973 at http://ktep.org Stromae, Global Star In The Making, Set To Touch Down In The U.S. As Exasperation Mounts, French Rail Strike Turns Violent http://ktep.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 09:21:22 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 42905 at http://ktep.org Allies Land Again In Normandy, This Time To Honor D-Day Vets http://ktep.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 42207 at http://ktep.org Obama In Normandy For 70th Anniversary Of D-Day http://ktep.org/post/obama-normandy-70th-anniversary-d-day Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. The sky over Normandy is brilliant blue on this June 6. It is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. That's the 1944 Allied invasion across the English Channel into German-occupied France. It was such a risky enterprise in World War II, that General Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote a letter in case it failed, saying the blame is mine alone.<p>The invasion worked. Another year of fighting brought the war in Europe to an end. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 42155 at http://ktep.org 70 Years On, A Normandy Village Honors Aging WWII Veterans http://ktep.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 10:24:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 42073 at http://ktep.org 70 Years On, A Normandy Village Honors Aging WWII Veterans Le Pen Victory In France Presents A Paradox For Hollande http://ktep.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 41825 at http://ktep.org France's Big Train Problem: New Fleet Too Wide For Platforms http://ktep.org/post/frances-big-train-problem-new-fleet-too-wide-platforms Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Somewhere in Paris, railways executives must be cursing in French. They ordered $4 billion worth of new trains. Turns out the trains are be too big to fit in many French train stations around the countries. Sacre bleu.<p>NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF TRAIN WHISTLE)<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: Gleaming trains from across France pull into this Paris station. Fri, 23 May 2014 09:37:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 41234 at http://ktep.org Europe Steps Up Attacks Against Google http://ktep.org/post/europe-steps-attacks-against-google Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And in Europe, Google is under increasing attack. A consortium of European digital companies has brought charges against the American Internet search giant for behaving like a monopoly. A ruling by the European Court of Justice could force Google to remove certain Web links from its search engine.<p>NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sends this report from Paris.<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (French spoken)<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: That's the French industry ministry addressing a gathering of 400 leading French and German online companies last week. Tue, 20 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 40991 at http://ktep.org The French Ask: Should We Be Building Warships For Russia? http://ktep.org/post/europe-could-tighten-screws-russia-it-doesnt-why French President Francois Hollande says that for now, France intends to go through with a deal to build two warships for the Russian navy. The first of the Mistral-class assault vessels is supposed to be delivered in October.<p>The $1.6 billion deal is the biggest sale to Russia ever by a NATO country. And three years ago, when the contract was signed, French officials hailed it as a sign that Moscow should be considered a partner, not an enemy. Tue, 13 May 2014 07:05:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 40508 at http://ktep.org The French Ask: Should We Be Building Warships For Russia? France's Far-Right's High Hopes On May Day Display http://ktep.org/post/frances-far-rights-high-hopes-may-day-display Decked out in red, white and blue clothing, and waving flags and banners, thousands of supporters of the far-right National Front party marched through central Paris on Thursday — known as May Day or International Workers Day — to hear charismatic leader Marine Le Pen. The traditional gathering began, as always, at a gilded statue of Joan of Arc, where Le Pen laid a wreath.<p>The National Front is in high spirits for its annual rally this year. In March, the party won the mayoral races in 11 cities across the country. Thu, 01 May 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 39822 at http://ktep.org France's Far-Right's High Hopes On May Day Display In The City Of Love, There's No Love Lost For Tourists' Love Locks http://ktep.org/post/city-love-theres-no-love-lost-tourists-love-locks Bearing messages ranging from the inspiring to the insipid, "love locks" can be found clamped onto bridges in major cities around the world. But no place has it worse than Paris, where the padlocks cover old bridges in a kind of urban barnacle, climbing up every free surface.<p>Take the Pont des Arts, Paris' most famous footbridge across the Seine river. Hundreds of thousands of padlocks cover its old iron railings; the light of day barely passes through them.<p><a href="http://www.lisataylorhuff.com/">Lisa Taylor Huff</a>, an American living in Paris, has seen enough. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 39678 at http://ktep.org In The City Of Love, There's No Love Lost For Tourists' Love Locks Firefights And Fallen Separatists, As Ukraine Offensive Advances http://ktep.org/post/firefights-and-fallen-separatists-ukraine-offensive-advances Early Thursday morning, the Ukrainian military moved into towns held by militants. Firefights and casualties have been reported at a number of different locations. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 39344 at http://ktep.org Moscow Answers Ukrainian Offensive With Warning Of Its Own http://ktep.org/post/moscow-answers-ukrainian-offensive-warning-its-own Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned today that his country would respond if its citizens or interests came under attack in Ukraine. The warning came as the interim Ukrainian government ordered a new offensive against pro-Moscow militants occupying government buildings across Eastern Ukraine. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports from Donetsk.<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: As the threat of real war heats up, so does the propaganda war. One of the things journalists have been hearing a lot lately from people here is the word pravda, or truth. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 39256 at http://ktep.org Amid Ukraine's Faltering Hopes For Peace, Biden Speaks In Kiev http://ktep.org/post/amid-ukraines-faltering-hopes-peace-biden-speaks-kiev Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia today that it must join in efforts to reduce tensions in Ukraine. Biden was in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, and it looks like last week's international agreement to disarm militant groups in that country is failing. Ukrainian president says the security service will resume an anti-terrorist operation following the discovery of two bodies in eastern Ukraine. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 39179 at http://ktep.org Slovyansk Strengthens Resolve To Fight Kiev Government http://ktep.org/post/slaviansk-strengthens-resolve-fight-kiev-government Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Vice President Joe Biden has wrapped up his visit to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev which was a show of support for that country's beleaguered interim government. This morning, the U.S. announced nearly $60 million in economic, political and non-lethal military aid. That assistance comes as Kiev and Moscow accuse each other of breaking last week's agreement that called for armed groups to lay down their weapons and vacate public spaces. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:06:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 39137 at http://ktep.org Eastern Ukraine Town Sent Reeling After Checkpoint Killings http://ktep.org/post/eastern-ukraine-town-sent-reeling-after-checkpoint-killings The killing of three people at a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk has increased tension in the town, where a government building is being occupied by pro-Moscow militants. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 39102 at http://ktep.org Ukraine's Divide, Too Broad For Easter To Bridge? http://ktep.org/post/ukraines-divide-may-be-too-broad-easter-bridge Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Ukraine celebrates Easter today as a divided country. Last week, world leaders met in Geneva to try to tamp down the crisis and end the occupation of government buildings by pro-Russian militants. So far, nothing has happened. Hoping the holiday will calm tensions, Ukraine's interim defense minister called an Easter truce. But despite their common faith, many feel the divide between Ukrainians in the east and west may be too large to heal. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 39026 at http://ktep.org Despite Easter 'Truce,' Standoff In Ukraine Appears Steadfast http://ktep.org/post/despite-easter-truce-standoff-ukraine-appears-steadfast In the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the opposing camps seem increasingly entrenched, despite a diplomatic effort to ease tensions. Pro-Russian forces refuse to leave occupied buildings and public squares in the east. It's an uneasy Easter weekend and neither side is willing to budge. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 39010 at http://ktep.org Both Sides Dig In Their Heels Over Crimea Crisis http://ktep.org/post/both-sides-dig-their-heels-over-crimea-crisis Ukraine shares a long history with Russia, but the latest crisis is driving a wedge between the two countries and reinforcing a sense of national identity among many Ukrainians. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 38132 at http://ktep.org Dans Le Train, French Spend Their Commute Learning English http://ktep.org/post/dans-le-train-french-spend-their-commute-learning-english On some French trains, the conductor's whistle signals more than just a departure. For commuters traveling on an express train from Reims to Paris — a 90-mile, 45-minute ride — it means the beginning of English class.<p>"Before the course, we were sleeping in the train in the morning," says passenger-student Gilles Hallais. "So I prefer practicing English."<p>Hallais, 44, is a journalist at French public radio. He says while he doesn't need English for his work, he does need it for his life. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:36:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 37612 at http://ktep.org Dans Le Train, French Spend Their Commute Learning English Paris Poised To Elect City Of Light's First Female Mayor http://ktep.org/post/paris-poised-elect-city-lights-first-female-mayor Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Voters in Paris go to the polls Sunday to elect a new mayor. And for the first time in its long history, the city will have a woman at the helm. Despite the historical significance, the race has failed to spark much enthusiasm among voters. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley has more.<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: On a warm spring-ish afternoon, Socialist candidate for mayor Anne Hidalgo is out in Paris' bourgeois 16th Arrondissement to support a public housing project. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 37586 at http://ktep.org Ukrainians Speculate What Russia Plans To Do Next http://ktep.org/post/ukrainians-speculate-over-what-russia-plans-do-next Ukrainians in Kiev are debating if the Russian military buildup on the border between the two countries is just saber rattling or the precursor to a second incursion. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 37394 at http://ktep.org A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea http://ktep.org/post/culture-unchecked-abuse-thrives-ukraine-and-crimea <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5GeBpZ5VHY</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 37229 at http://ktep.org A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea