Eleanor Beardsley http://wvasfm.org en Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel http://wvasfm.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 51933 at http://wvasfm.org Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://wvasfm.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 51787 at http://wvasfm.org This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy http://wvasfm.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 51765 at http://wvasfm.org From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI http://wvasfm.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 14:36:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 50914 at http://wvasfm.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders http://wvasfm.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 17:13:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 50583 at http://wvasfm.org In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France http://wvasfm.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 50017 at http://wvasfm.org Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France As Exasperation Mounts, French Rail Strike Turns Violent http://wvasfm.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 09:28:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 49926 at http://wvasfm.org Allies Land Again In Normandy, This Time To Honor D-Day Vets http://wvasfm.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 49340 at http://wvasfm.org Le Pen Victory In France Presents A Paradox For Hollande http://wvasfm.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 49032 at http://wvasfm.org France's Big Train Problem: New Fleet Too Wide For Platforms http://wvasfm.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 09:01:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 48542 at http://wvasfm.org