Eleanor Beardsley http://news.stlpublicradio.org en For Crimea, Split From Ukraine Would Be Complicated And Costly http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/crimea-split-ukraine-would-be-complicated-and-costly Crimea is a poor region, heavily subsidized by Kiev, and gets all its gas, water and food from Ukraine. Russia doesn't even have a land link with the Crimean peninsula and absorbing it will affect banks, schools, tourism and pensions for residents. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 34584 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Crimeans Vote To Leave Ukraine, Join Russia http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/crimeans-vote-leave-ukraine-join-russia Crimeans voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia. Morning Edition checks in with NPR's Gregory Warner in Simferopol and Eleanor Beardsley in Kiev for the latest. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 34464 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nativity Scenes Liven Centuries-Old French Village http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nativity-scenes-liven-centuries-old-french-village Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The medieval village of Flavigny, France has livened up its winter streets with nativity scenes, 85 of them exhibited in windows of houses throughout the town. This centuries-old village has been doing this for five years now and it's bringing in crowds of tourists.<p>NPR's Eleanor Beardsley was one of them and she sent us this Christmas postcard.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: With a population of around 240 in the wintertime, the cobbled streets of Flavigny can seem austere and empty this time of year. Not anymore. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 32556 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Royal Gardener Planted The Seed Of Urban Planning At Versailles http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/royal-gardener-planted-seed-urban-planning-versailles France's Chateau of Versailles has pulled out all the stops for one of its favorite sons, gardener Andre Le Notre, who designed the palace's famous gardens. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:47:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 32098 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Royal Gardener Planted The Seed Of Urban Planning At Versailles Camus' Stance On Algeria Still Stokes Debate In France http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/his-100th-birthday-camus-algerian-ties-still-controversial A hundred years after his birth, French writer-philosopher Albert Camus is perhaps best-remembered for novels like <em>The Stranger</em> and <em>The Plague, </em>and for his philosophy of absurdism.<p>But it's another aspect of his intellectual body of work that's under scrutiny as France marks the Camus centennial: his views about his native Algeria.<p>Camus was born on Nov. 7, 1913, to a poor family that had settled generations earlier in French Algeria. His father died a year after his birth, and Camus' illiterate and deaf mother, who worked as a cleaning lady, raised him. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 31231 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Camus' Stance On Algeria Still Stokes Debate In France Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/little-libraires-could-french-law-keeps-amazon-bay Last year, the U.S. government took Apple to court, charging that the company illegally drove up the price of e-books. This summer, Apple lost the case.<p>In France, just the opposite is happening. The French government has accused Amazon of trying to push the price of physical books too low.<p>Limiting discounts on books is one of the ways that France is trying to ensure the survival of its independent booksellers.<p>Jean-Paul Collet opened his bookstore, La Boucherie, 17 years ago in a historic neighborhood on Paris' Left Bank. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:09:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 30936 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay Readers Lament 'International Herald Tribune' Name Change http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/readers-lament-international-herald-tribune-name-change Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The International Herald Tribune is about to change its name. In these difficult days for print journalism, fans of the Paris-based English newspaper are grateful that it's still being published. But the change is prompting a good bit of nostalgia.<p>NPR's Eleanor Beardsley in Paris explains why.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FOOTSTEPS)<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: The sliding glass doors at the International Herald Tribune's Paris office are already emblazoned with the newspaper's new title: The International New York Times. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:21:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 30635 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org France Moves To Ban Kids Under 16 From Beauty Pageants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/france-moves-ban-kids-under-16-beauty-pageants Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The French Senate voted to ban beauty pageants for children under 16. The measure is part of a larger bill on women's rights.<p>NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports that lawmakers see this move as a way to protect the young from being sexualized.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF A DOCUMENT)<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (French spoken)<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: Several documentaries about child beauty pageants in America have shocked the French in recent years. The phenomenon is largely viewed as a sordid offshoot of American culture. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:59:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 30012 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In France's Camargue, Bulls Are A Passion And A Way Of Life http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/frances-camargue-bulls-are-passion-and-way-life Amid streaks of lightning and startling thunder claps on a recent day, I head out into the middle of the marshy wetlands known as the Camargue. I'm with a group of tourists, piled on hay bales in the back of a flatbed trailer pulled by a massive tractor.<p>The delta in southern France where two branches of the Rhone River meet the sea, the Camargue is the biggest Mediterranean delta after the Nile. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 21:47:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 29917 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In France's Camargue, Bulls Are A Passion And A Way Of Life New Computer School Makes French Students Teach Themselves http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-computer-school-upends-french-education-model A new computer school in Paris has been overwhelmed by some 60,000 applicants.<p>The school, called 42, was founded by a telecom magnate who says the French education system is failing young people. His aim is to reduce France's shortage in computer programmers while giving those who've fallen by the wayside a new chance.<p>In the hallways of 42, suitcases and sleeping bags are piled, and people are stretched out on mattresses in some of the corners. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 29902 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Computer School Makes French Students Teach Themselves