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  • Rihanna’s French Tattoo Grammar Faux Pas

    08/16/2010 12:42:25 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 42 replies · 2+ views ^ | August 16 2010 | Anatole Kassovitz
    Rihanna, who is a Barbadian-American singer, recently had inked her neck with a French tattoo, however, the bad news is, that the grammar has gone haywire. The 'Rude Boy' superstar-singer flaunted her new tattoo, which read 'Rebelle Fleur', in New York. But, a few of her admirers pointed out that a French translation of 'rebellious flower' would have to be in the other order.
  • Fromgirls fight back against drop in French cheese sales

    02/26/2010 10:37:39 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies · 707+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/26/2010 | Peter Allen in Paris
    Charles de Gaulle famously bemoaned the difficulties involved in running a country with 246 different types of cheese. But it seems world famous Gallic varieties including camembert, roquefort and brie are increasingly falling out of favour. Although the average Frenchman still eats almost a pound of cheese per week, making the country the second biggest consumer of the food in Europe after Greece, it is increasingly likely to be a processed foreign variety. New figures show raw-milk cheeses from rural France, which until the Second World War accounted for nearly all consumption, now make up just seven per cent of...
  • Meet the Miss Universe Contestants!

    08/12/2009 9:15:02 AM PDT · by ETL · 163 replies · 7,834+ views ^ | August, 2009
    The contestants worked the runway in the Bahamas in a swim wear show leading up to the biggest pageant in the world on August 23.
  • FRENCH ELECTION UPDATE : Women voters shun Royal

    05/06/2007 9:58:53 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 41 replies · 1,504+ views
    The Sunday Times UK ^ | May 6, 2007 | Matthew Campbell
    HAVING tried everything else in her quest to stop the seemingly inexorable march of Nicolas Sarkozy, the conservative candidate, Ségolène Royal played what she hoped was her trump card in the last hours of the battle for the French presidency: her femininity. In a desperate attempt to woo undecided voters, Royal was reduced to emphasising the novelty of having a woman in the Elysée Palace who was more than just a first lady. “I know there are those who thought – and who still think – is it really reasonable to choose a woman?” she said in her final campaign...
  • Finland's sexiest man is its prime minister, says French president

    09/10/2006 4:31:38 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 17 replies · 2,620+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Sun Sep 10, 12:58 PM ET
    Finland's sexiest man is its prime minister, says French president Sun Sep 10, 12:58 PM ET HELSINKI (AFP) - Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen is the sexiest man in Finland, French President Jacques Chirac said in off-the-cuff remarks recorded by television crews at a Europe-Asia summit in Helsinki. "Let me introduce you to the sexiest man in Finland," Chirac joked to Spain's prime minister when he spotted the 51-year-old Vanhanen entering a meeting room. "You can believe it because it's in all the papers, it's in the press." Spain's Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero smiled at the remark Sunday. Last year Chirac...
  • Chirac vows order as French riots spread

    11/06/2005 1:21:11 PM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 253 replies · 5,636+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 6, 2005 | Elizabeth Pineau and Sophie Louet
    By Elizabeth Pineau and Sophie Louet PARIS (Reuters) - President Jacques Chirac on Sunday vowed to restore order in France after riots in Paris spread across the country and began to unnerve his European neighbours. "The Republic is quite determined, by definition, to be stronger than those who want to sow violence or fear," Chirac said after a special domestic security council met to respond to the latest violence in which 1,300 vehicles went up in flames. "The law must have the last word," Chirac said in his first public comments since the riots started in the poor suburbs, noting...
  • Miss Sucre, Jictzad Viña, is Miss Venezuela 2005

    09/15/2005 10:41:27 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 5 replies · 2,661+ views
    Miss Venezuela Organization ^ | September 15, 2005 | Staff
    My translation of the breaking news: 15 de septiembre de 2005 Jictzad Viña, Miss Sucre (province) is the new Miss Venezuela 2005, a young woman full of security, elegance, grace and beauty who happened to convert in her 22 years into one of the most beautiful women in Venezuela. At 7:00 p.m. the contest began, in the majestic cupola of the Poliedro of Caracas, to a new version of the contest more hopeful for the year in Venezuela and the world, the election of Miss Venezuela. They all were accompanied by a great technical and artistic display to reproduce a...
  • French viewers get a gay TV channel

    10/27/2004 10:39:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies · 1,026+ views
    Guardian ^ | October 26, 2004 | Amelia Gentleman
    "A giant leap for television, a small step in high heels," the presenter promised, unveiling France's first gay television station which aims to make gay culture mainstream and marks a new climate of tolerance in Roman Catholic France. Pink TV, which launched last night, promises viewers a mixture of Wonder Woman repeats, prime-time opera and gay and lesbian porn. A daily cultural review will look at issues like tourism, health, poetry and clubbing from a gay perspective, in a style which aims to be "more cosy than cheeky". Supported by France's three main commercial television networks, the cable and satellite...
  • Brigitte Bardot unleashes colourful diatribe against Muslims and modern France

    05/12/2003 4:13:25 PM PDT · by Shermy · 148 replies · 1,243+ views
    AFP ^ | May 12, 2003
    PARIS (AFP) - Animal rights activist and former sex symbol Brigitte Bardot (news) has unleashed a torrent of venom against modern France, blaming modern art, gay culture, fast food, trash TV, politicians -- but above all Muslim immigrants -- for the country's descent into decadence. In a new book entitled "A cry in the silence," the 68 year-old ex-actress confirms her reputation as a misanthropist of heroic proportions, interspersing vivid diatribes against most of humanity with elegiac passages about France as it used to be. "I do not hold religious Muslims in high esteem," she concedes in her introduction, and...