Eleanor Beardsley http://news.stlpublicradio.org en This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://news.stlpublicradio.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 38238 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI http://news.stlpublicradio.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 14:41:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 37801 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI Years Of Syrian Violence Have Changed The Face Of The French Jihadi http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/years-syrian-violence-have-changed-face-french-jihadi Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Some European Muslims have been heading to Syria to join the fight alongside jihadist who were trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The conflict has been going on for more than three years and many Europeans are now fearful that those fighters may return to carry out attacks at home. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 37656 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 70 Years On, A Normandy Village Honors Aging WWII Veterans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/villages-across-normandy-celebrate-aging-world-war-ii-vets Germaine and Lucien Rigault, 86 and 89 years old, respectively, lean out their first-floor window, watching people go by. They were here in the tiny French hamlet of La Cambe on June 6, 1944, the day the Allies invaded Normandy and began the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi control during World War II.<p>"I remember June 6 very well. We saw the first planes bombing and we knew something was happening on the coast. And soon we began seeing American soldiers," he recalled. "We were scared, but very happy to be liberated. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:25:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 36740 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 70 Years On, A Normandy Village Honors Aging WWII Veterans Europe Steps Up Attacks Against Google http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/europe-steps-attacks-against-google Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And in Europe, Google is under increasing attack. A consortium of European digital companies has brought charges against the American Internet search giant for behaving like a monopoly. A ruling by the European Court of Justice could force Google to remove certain Web links from its search engine.<p>NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sends this report from Paris.<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (French spoken)<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: That's the French industry ministry addressing a gathering of 400 leading French and German online companies last week. Tue, 20 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 36277 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org France's Far-Right's High Hopes On May Day Display http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/frances-far-rights-high-hopes-may-day-display Decked out in red, white and blue clothing, and waving flags and banners, thousands of supporters of the far-right National Front party marched through central Paris on Thursday — known as May Day or International Workers Day — to hear charismatic leader Marine Le Pen. The traditional gathering began, as always, at a gilded statue of Joan of Arc, where Le Pen laid a wreath.<p>The National Front is in high spirits for its annual rally this year. In March, the party won the mayoral races in 11 cities across the country. Thu, 01 May 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 35778 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org France's Far-Right's High Hopes On May Day Display In The City Of Love, There's No Love Lost For Tourists' Love Locks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/city-love-theres-no-love-lost-tourists-love-locks Bearing messages ranging from the inspiring to the insipid, "love locks" can be found clamped onto bridges in major cities around the world. But no place has it worse than Paris, where the padlocks cover old bridges in a kind of urban barnacle, climbing up every free surface.<p>Take the Pont des Arts, Paris' most famous footbridge across the Seine river. Hundreds of thousands of padlocks cover its old iron railings; the light of day barely passes through them.<p><a href="http://www.lisataylorhuff.com/">Lisa Taylor Huff</a>, an American living in Paris, has seen enough. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 35703 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In The City Of Love, There's No Love Lost For Tourists' Love Locks Despite Easter 'Truce,' Standoff In Ukraine Appears Steadfast http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/despite-easter-truce-standoff-ukraine-appears-steadfast In the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the opposing camps seem increasingly entrenched, despite a diplomatic effort to ease tensions. Pro-Russian forces refuse to leave occupied buildings and public squares in the east. It's an uneasy Easter weekend and neither side is willing to budge. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 35450 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 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