Eleanor Beardsley

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200 Years After Waterloo, Napoleon Still Divides Europe

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Europe is united these days, but opinion about the French emperor and military leader is not. A re-enactment of the epic battle that marked his final defeat takes place this weekend in Belgium.


Dominique Strauss-Kahn Acquitted Of Aggravated Pimping

Saturday, June 13, 2015

A French court has cleared former International Monetary Fund director of pimping charges. Still, Strauss-Kahn's sexual appetites ended a career that was expected to lead to the French presidency.


French Government Expected To Expand Power Of Surveillance

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

A sweeping surveillance bill giving the government heightened powers to spy and analyze metadata passed the lower house and is expected to clear the Senate. Critics call it the French Patriot Act.


Amid Scandal, FIFA President To Resign Just Days After Being Reelected

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Head of the world soccer federation Sepp Blatter will step down after a replacement is found. U.S. authorities indicted a group of FIFA officials on corruption charges but Blatter wasn't among them.


Paris Officials Begin Removing Love Locks From Iconic Bridges

Monday, June 01, 2015

City authorities in Paris are removing engraved padlocks left by lovers on some bridges over the Seine river. On Monday, 700,000 locks were taken off just one bridge. Officials say the romantic gesture has become so popular it now threatens the structure safety of the bridges.


Despite Scandal, FIFA Re-Elects Sepp Blatter As President

Saturday, May 30, 2015

FIFA, soccer's international governing body, has reelected its president for a fifth term of office, only days after seven FIFA officials were arrested on corruption charges.


Sepp Blatter Reelected To 5th Term As FIFA President

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sepp Blatter was reelected as president of FIFA, soccer's international governing body, on Friday. The vote comes as two separate international investigations probe allegations of corruption.


Under Cloud Of Scandal, Sepp Blatter Seeks 5th Term As FIFA President

Friday, May 29, 2015

The head of soccer's global governing body was not among those indicted on criminal charges. Still, many believe Sepp Blatter shares the blame for a "culture of corruption," and he should step down.


Does Less Latin Mean Dumbing Down? France Debates School Reform

Thursday, May 28, 2015

France has one of the world's highest dropout rates, and the reforms are meant to make the middle school curriculum more interesting. But critics say the changes amount to a "dumbing down."


European Union Introduces Quota Plan To Address Migrant Crisis

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

European Union countries are being asked to take in 20,000 refugees over the next two years. It's part of an effort to establish a legal route for migration to Europe and stop the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean.


One Woman's Struggle To Survive 'Too Much Vacation' In France

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NPR Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley doesn't expect a ton of sympathy when she complains about unending holidays in France. But when you have a kid who's always off school, it's tough. Really.


Still Playing: The Theater That Saw The Birth Of Cinema

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Not far from the film festival in Cannes is a town with even deeper ties to cinema. La Ciotat is home to the oldest working movie house in the world and was used by the inventors of moving pictures.


Three Generations Of Le Pens Fight For Party's Future

Saturday, May 09, 2015

The people of France are bemused and entertained by family squabbles at the top of the far-right National Front.


Replica Of Lafayette's Ship Re-Creates Historic Voyage To America

Monday, May 04, 2015

The Marquis de Lafayette sailed from France to America in 1780 to help the new nation defeat the British. A $29 million replica of the Hermione tall ship is retracing that journey.


French Government Investigates Military For Alleged Child Abuse

Friday, May 01, 2015

The French government has promised a full investigation into allegations that its soldiers sexually abused local children while serving on a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.


Prime Minister Says France Faces 'Unprecedented Terrorist Threat'

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The French prime minister said Thursday that security forces have prevented six terrorist attacks in France over the last few months. Police say an attack Sunday on a church outside Paris was only averted because the alleged assailant shot himself by accident.


France Takes Aim At Companies That Hire Ultrathin Models

Monday, April 06, 2015

The controversial measure is part of an overall healthcare bill expected to pass into law. Spain, Israel and Italy have rules against ultrathin models, but none go as far as the French measure would.


New Evidence Supports Theory That Lubitz Purposely Crashed Plane

Friday, April 03, 2015

Investigators in France say new evidence supports the view that the Germanwings flight which crashed in the French Alps last month was deliberately flown into the ground.


Lufthansa Says Co-Pilot Suffered From Depression During Training

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Speculation about the mental state of the Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his plane in the French Alps a week ago has focused attention on airline industry practices.


Recovery Efforts Continue For Victims of Germanwings Crash

Monday, March 30, 2015

At the same time, the German media are reporting that 27-year-old co-pilot Andreas Lubitz may have seen a doctor for physical problems as well as psychological issue.