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PRI's The World

Gunmen pull off a movie-style heist on a Saudi prince's motorcade

Monday, August 18, 2014

Heavily armed men pulled off a dramatic heist near Paris on Sunday. The attackers hit a Saudi prince's motorcade and made off with cash and sensitive documents — but no one has figured out why.

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PRI's The World

In France, Ferguson protests stir memories of suburban riots

Friday, August 15, 2014

The death of Michael Brown and the protests in Ferguson have provoked lots of conversation about the militarization of the police in the United States. France has its own history of racial tensions and riots, and the week's events have reminded some French people of tenser times.

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PRI's The World

Conservationists are working to create more national parks at sea

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Here’s some positive environmental news. In fact, it's a positive environmental trend: nations across the world are protecting huge swaths of ocean waters. And the trend may just be getting started.

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Soundcheck

Carla Bruni: A Chanteuse Of 'Little French Songs'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Soundcheck guest host Kurt Andersen talks with the former First Lady of France about her fourth album, Little French Songs, released earlier this year -- and she performs a bilingual live set in the studio. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Five Men Fled the French Revolution - and Ended Up Shaping America

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Francois Furstenberg writes about five Frenchmen who played key roles in American diplomacy during the tumultuous first years of the United States.

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Selected Shorts

Madame Bovary (an excerpt)

Friday, July 11, 2014

This reading by Christina Pickles of an excerpt from Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Peas, Pancakes, and Pretensions,” hosted by Robert Sean Leonard.

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On The Media

France Outlaws Free Shipping On Books Bought Online

Friday, June 27, 2014

France's parliament passed a law this week that's been nicknamed "The Anti-Amazon Law." 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

The fallout from the European elections

Monday, May 26, 2014

The fallout from the European elections

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Soundcheck

Pick Three: Author Francine Prose

Friday, May 02, 2014

The acclaimed author shares a playlist of songs that helped her get into her characters' heads while writing her latest novel. 

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

A new direction for France?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A new direction for France?

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Features

A Frenchwoman's Non-Holiday, Holiday Movie Guide

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

We know you're tired of all of the standard holiday season film suggestions, so why don't you channel your twin desires to veg out in front of the tube and expand your horizons? We asked Marine Boudeau, WNYC's Director of Product & User Experience and resident French person, to make us an alternative list of films to stream.

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The Takeaway

One Woman's Quest to Recover Her Family's Artwork Stolen by the Nazis

Friday, November 08, 2013

A close friend of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, art dealer Paul Rosenberg once dominated Paris's art scene. Nazi forces confiscated much of Rosenberg's collection, at least 400 artworks worth millions of dollars. Marianne Rosenberg, Paul's granddaughter and Alexandre's son, continues her family's quest to recover their stolen art. This week, Marianne confirmed that one of her family's Matisse paintings was in the trove of Nazi-confiscated art recently discovered in Munich. 

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The Takeaway

President Obama Apologizes to French and German Leaders Over Surveillance Concerns

Thursday, October 24, 2013

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel received intelligence from her government that her phone was under surveillance, President Obama called Chancellor Merkel and reassured her that her phone was not being tapped. That conversation came just a few days after he had to offer similar reassurances to French President François Hollande. David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for our partner The New York Times, joins the Takeaway to discuss this latest diplomatic riff.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Where does President François Hollande go from here?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Where does President François Hollande go from here?

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On The Media

France Strikes "Three Strikes"

Friday, July 26, 2013

France's infamous anti-piracy law, known as Hadopi, was supposed to kick copyright infringers off the internet after giving them three warnings, or "strikes." But this month, after spending almost four years and millions of Euros to disconnect just one lowly pirate, France finally dropped the Hadopi law. Brooke asks Techdirt writer Glyn Moody what went wrong with Hadopi and what's next in the war against piracy.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Starting a New Life and Making Wine in France

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Some people might entertain the idea of giving up their careers, moving to France, and making wine, but Ray Walker actually did it. He talks about leaving a secure career in finance to start a winery in France, even though he had little money, a limited French, and almost no winemaking experience. In The Road to Burgundy: The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France, he shares the history of Burgundy’s vineyards, how he honed his skills, and how he became a pioneer in his use of ancient techniques in modern times at his winery Maison Ilan.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Can President Hollande turn things around?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Can President Hollande turn things around?

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WQXR Blog

Paris Turns to Classical Music to Chase Away Loiterers

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Later this month, Paris will become the latest in a string of international cities to pipe classical music into its train stations in an effort to chase off vagrants.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Britain's future in the EU

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Britain's future in the EU

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Operavore

Planet Opera: New Film Captures the Glowing Light of Aix-en-Provence

Friday, May 10, 2013

A documentary about the rehearsal for a new production of La Traviata at the 2011 Aix-en-Provence reminds blogger Fred Plotkin of the French town's mix of charm and beauty.

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