Eleanor Beardsley

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France Sells Presidential Wines To Update Palace Wine Cellar

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Prized Burgundies and Bordeaux once served at the presidential palace in France were sold for the first time ever as the wine cellar at Elysee Palace gets an overhaul.

Some 1,200 bottles, or 10 percent of the palace wines, went on sale this week at the famous Drouot auction ...


Let Them Eat Grass: Paris Employs Sheep As Eco-Mowers

Monday, May 27, 2013

City officials in Paris are experimenting with an unconventional way to keep urban lawns trimmed.

Agnes Masson used to be simply the director of the Paris city archives. Now, she's also a shepherdess of sorts, responsible for four black sheep munching the lush grass surrounding the gray archives building at ...


France Pays Tribute To Early U.S. Fighter Pilots

Monday, May 27, 2013

Every Memorial Day weekend, a ceremony takes place just outside Paris to honor a group of Americans who fought in France. They're not D-Day veterans, but a little known group of pilots who fought for France in World War I, before the U.S. entered the war.

This year's ceremony in ...


War Of Words: France Debates Teaching Courses In English

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Will teaching in English at France's universities undermine the French language? That's up for debate in the country now, and the argument is heated.

The lower house of parliament approved a measure Thursday that would allow courses to be taught in English, something that is currently against the law.

Those ...


An Ancient Religious Pilgrimage That Now Draws The Secular

Monday, May 20, 2013

A 1,200-year old European pilgrimage route is experiencing a revival. Last year alone, some 200,000 followed in the footsteps of their medieval forebears on the Way of St. James, making their way some 750 miles from Paris across France to the Spanish coastal city of Santiago de Compostela, and the ...


In France, A Renewed Push To Return Art Looted By Nazis

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

During World War II, the Nazis plundered tens of thousands of works of art from the private collections of European Jews, many living in France. About 75 percent of the artwork that came back to France from Germany at the end of the war has been returned to their rightful ...


Routine On U.S. Racetracks, Horse Doping Is Banned In Europe

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

At the famous Hippodrome de Longchamp just outside of Paris this month, crowds came to cheer and bet on the sleek thoroughbreds that opened horse racing season by galloping down the verdant turf course.

Horse racing in Europe is different from the sport in the U.S., from the shape and ...


Supporters Turn Out To Pay Respects To Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Versailles Gets Spiffed-Up On Its Day Off

Friday, March 29, 2013

With nearly 7 million visitors a year, the Chateau of Versailles in France is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. But one day a week, it's closed.

So what happens at Versailles on its day off? A spa day, of sorts — involving cleaning and conservation ...


As Global Chains Move In, The Champs Elysees Gets A New Look

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Once known as the most beautiful avenue in the world, the Champs Elysees is changing. Some Parisians fear it's starting to look like any American shopping mall as high rents and global chains steadily alter its appearance.

"We just try to keep a sort of diversity on the Champs Elysees, ...


U.S. Boss Offers Blunt Critique; French Workers Give Fiery Response

Friday, March 01, 2013

The battle between an American capitalist and a French socialist official has prompted chuckles — and heated debate — on both sides of the Atlantic. The exchange highlights some humorous stereotypes and reveals real differences between the economic cultures of France and the United States.

A leaked letter from Maurice ...


New French President Sees Popularity Crash

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Just five months after his election, Francois Hollande is facing protests from people who voted for him. His popularity has plummeted and his once-lauded "steady approach" is now perceived as dithering.