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The Days when Paris Billboards were Humped Around by Promenading Camels

The Days when Paris Billboards were Humped Around by Promenading Camels

Paris street furniture has changed dramatically over the centuries and today’s hoardings are sophisticated digital advertising channels; but there once was a time when promenading bill-board camels were all the rage. Here Toronto writer Philippa Campsie of the Parisian Fields blog provides a fascinating tour de force of this veritable Parisian carnival of the animals […]

Ten Days After The Paris Atrocity How Is The Counter Terror Doing?

Ten Days After The Paris Atrocity How Is The Counter Terror Doing?

“The fact is, any little punk from the slums can go off to Syria,” (Commandant Mohamed) Douhane, secretary general of Synergie Officiers, the French police union, said, “the border between gangsterism and terrorism has blurred.” The commander speaks with a special authority, he is one of the highest-ranking officers of Muslim descent in the French police — son […]

Paris ‘Jihadist Losers’ Earn Rousing Tirades From BBC TV Presenter and US Comedy Show Host

Paris ‘Jihadist Losers’ Earn Rousing Tirades From BBC TV Presenter and US Comedy Show Host

“Thank you” says English language broadcaster France 24, in a 50-second tour by image of the support shown Paris and the 130 slain (and more than 300 wounded) victims in last week’s Islamist terror atrocity. Watch the short tribute here: Meanwhile two TV personalities on both sides of the Atlantic, the BBC’s Andrew Neil and US […]

15 Million Views for Post Atrocity Video: “It’s ok, they might have guns but we have flowers”

15 Million Views for Post Atrocity Video: “It’s ok, they might have guns but we have flowers”

“France is our home son”. These five words, spoken by a father to his young boy in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, has touched a chord worldwide with a video showing the two, viewed some 15 million times on Facebook. In the Le Petit Journal video Brandon Le says “bad guys” committed the terror attacks and worries that “they have guns” and […]

Safe Haven for Body and Mind – What Paris Means To Those Who Grieve

Safe Haven for Body and Mind  – What Paris Means To Those Who Grieve

The global outpouring of grief that followed the November 13 terrorist atrocity in Paris, may in part reflect a mix of gut concern and intellectual anguish, by those who over decades have come to regard the French capital as home and safe haven, both for body and more significantly mind. In his letter below, French academic Olivier Tonneau, who lectures at Britain’s Homerton College, Cambridge, offers a personal perspective […]

French Mathematical Society: How Can Rational France Fall for ‘Absurd’ Climate Crusading?

French Mathematical Society: How Can Rational France Fall for ‘Absurd’ Climate Crusading?

Weeks before the COP21 climate change circus hits Paris — in a cloud of hated carbon emissions — the French Mathematical Society is asking how has a rational country like France succumbed so unquestioningly to climate change crusading? The society says the answer seems to be because it is “virtuous”, but it goes on immediately to note that mathematicians (alike in many ways to scientists), don’t do crusades, looking […]

Paris Romantic Sets out to Return 45t of Unloved Bridge Locks to Original Lovers

Paris Romantic Sets out to Return 45t of Unloved Bridge Locks to Original Lovers

Following months of pressure Paris City Hall had just begun removing 45 tonnes of rusty love(less)-locks from Pont des Arts — its most iconic bridge — when a smiling jeweller bearing a large bag of ancient hand-made keys, turned up to help. Philéas Fiquemont, who styles himself Philéas le Cléateur (a portmanteau derived from Clé […]

Les Petits Métiers: Yesterday There Were Shoelace Sellers, Today There are Food Truck Traders

Les Petits Métiers: Yesterday There Were Shoelace Sellers, Today There are Food Truck Traders

Life on the margins in the Paris of a 100 years ago was, for many, a daily street-lived challenge: shoelace sellers, ice cream vendors, ambulatory lampshade salesmen clogged the capital’s sidewalks  trying to earn enough francs for their next meal and to keep warm in winter.   Here Toronto writer Norman Ball of the Parisian Fields blog unmasks […]

Paris Plea to Visitors: Share Your Love Without Locks – Unchain our Bridges!

Paris Plea to Visitors: Share Your Love Without Locks – Unchain our Bridges!

Will Paris pleading via a hashtag (what’s that you ask) convince the millions who visit the world capital of love to drop an increasingly unwelcome habit of locking their love on to some of the Seine’s most famous bridges? Paris City Hall spokesman Vanessa Panetto told world media gathered on the lock-ravaged Pont de l’Archeveche, […]

Don’t Just Walk it Follow The Street Pianos Tour of Paris Here

Don’t Just Walk it Follow The Street Pianos Tour of Paris Here

As the Street Pianos of Paris make their keyboards dance and their strings reverberate, Rue 89 and Paris City Hall offer this animated tour of the event for those who can’t be there. In Paris the 3rd edition of Play Me, I’m Yours is now in full swing says Rue 89 with 50 decorated pianos available to anyone who cares […]

Manicures, Massages and a Lesson in Car Mechanics as ‘Girly’ Garages Tuneup Paris

Manicures, Massages and a Lesson in Car Mechanics as ‘Girly’ Garages Tuneup Paris

‘Girly’ garage in Paris twins tune-ups with manicures (via AFP) A manicure, a massage and a lesson in mechanics. It’s not what most expect when they bring their car in for servicing. But one brand-new garage near Paris is revamping the masculinist mode of auto repair to suit a female clientele. Only Girls, which…  

Could Love Picking solve the Problems of Tonnes of Love Locks on Famous Paris Bridges?

Could Love Picking solve the Problems of Tonnes of Love Locks on Famous Paris Bridges?

While Paris City Hall continues to send out mixed signals about the tonnes of lovelocks clustered on some of its most famous bridges, a Dutch/American group offers one possible solution – Love Picking. Toool (The Open Organisation of Lockpickers), encourages its volunteers to help out city authorities where love locking has taken root. While following […]

Bye-bye Love Locks? Paris Workmen Cleaning-up Bridge, Spark Twitter Outcry

Bye-bye Love Locks? Paris Workmen Cleaning-up Bridge, Spark Twitter Outcry

Images published late Thursday showing municipal workers removing panels of love locks from the overloaded Pont des Arts lovers bridge in Paris provoked a Twitter storm over fears the locks may soon be gone forever. The 20 Minutes website published a picture on April 10 showing one of the wire mesh balustrades on the famous […]

Are Love Locks a Parisian Heartache? Now Key-Carrying Tourists Respond

Are Love Locks a Parisian Heartache? Now Key-Carrying Tourists Respond

Is it a fix of love, or a showing of indifference? Around 700,000 padlocks are smothering the iconic bridges of Paris, left by love-locked couples who symbolically seal their feelings for each other.  Either its a vast tribute to the romantic image of Paris and a boon to the tourist board, or its damaging visual […]

Global Warming? Words of Cold Comfort

Global Warming? Words of Cold Comfort

Climate warming warriors may be on the backfoot but it remains unclear whether at their next COP-21 global gathering in Paris in December 2015 – to conclude a new global greenhouse gas emissions agreement — the retreat will be graceful or bloody. Cold Comfort On Global Warming MYRON EBELL January/February 2014 This piece by Myron […]

Paris, High Risk from Once-a-Century Flood

Paris, High Risk from Once-a-Century Flood

Paris at high risk from once-a-century flood: OECD (via AFP) The Paris region would be highly vulnerable to exceptional flooding of the River Seine, the OECD said Friday, warning that a once-a-century event would cripple France’s commercial, political and cultural hub. Roads, rail, sewerage, electricity and water…  

That EU Recovery – 1% For The Next Decade

That EU Recovery – 1% For The Next Decade

Anyone who continues to be taken in by European Union leaders desperately talking up a non-existent recovery in the Euro-zone might care to read the latest Quarterly Report on the Euro Area. Key and worrying conclusions to the first section (The euro area’s growth prospects over the coming decade) set out at page 16, are as shown below: France and […]

Maurice Chevalier’s Straw Boaters Auctioned

Maurice Chevalier’s Straw Boaters Auctioned

French crooner’s straw boaters go under hammer (via AFP) For over 40 years since his death in 1972, French entertainer Maurice Chevalier’s 15-room mansion near Paris remained untouched. Now, following the death of his last companion, Odette Meslier, the star’s personal belongings including his trademark straw…  

Parisians Prepare for a Catty Coffee Break

Parisians Prepare for a Catty Coffee Break

Heard of alley cats? Nasty, feral caterwaulers normally. Well Parisians are about to learn all about ‘bar cats’, billed as altogether a softer more feminine feline offering pampering therapies to stressed out cafe customers. That anyway is the idea behind the latest Japanese import opening mid-September in the Marais district of central Paris thanks to the […]

Toulouse, Boston, Woolwich, Paris: ‘Enough!’

Toulouse, Boston, Woolwich, Paris: ‘Enough!’

A soldier is barbarically butchered in London by an Islamist murderer, an extremist slits the throat of a uniformed French soldier in Paris,  security officials worry that fundamentalists are on a new and bloody jihadist path. Toulouse, Boston, Woolwich, Paris. “Enough is Enough”. These are the words of a polemical British protest leader, one widely reviled by the […]

Best Baguette in Paris Taste Race

Best Baguette in Paris Taste Race

Seeking the best baguette in Paris? Try this interactive map pinpointing the location of all the contestants in the latest city-wide taste-test for this cherished French staple —  as featured on Paris by Mouth.   The City of Paris web site here has a Google street view of the winning bakery which should help hungry […]

Does Paris Love its Kiosks Enough?

Does Paris Love its Kiosks Enough?

Paris has had a love affair with its ornate newspaper kiosks for the past 150 years but there are growing fears they may disappear mainly because the Internet is eroding the market for printed media. As a result the City of Paris has announced a campaign to persuade Parisians to show their kiosks more Tender […]

Trip Around Forgotten Paris Museums

Trip Around Forgotten Paris Museums

For some being a flâneur in Paris is an art form in itself but while you wander, why not  try a detour to some of the capital’s overlooked and forgotten museums.   The map shows artists’ workshops at the bottom of tranquil gardens and hidden in secret mansions and the website urges visitors to ” Discover the best […]

A Paris Bridge That Might Have Been X-Rated

A Paris Bridge That Might Have Been X-Rated

This curiosity might have become the first X-rated bridge in Paris much to the chagrin of modern tourists with a penchant for padlocking their love, but as it turns out X-bridge never got beyond the drawing boards, as Norman Ball discovers. Republished from here by kind permission of the writer Norman Ball, who is joint publisher of the Parisian Fields blog. An Unbuilt […]

Scapegoat or Rogue – a 4.9bn Euro Question

Scapegoat or Rogue – a 4.9bn Euro Question

A Paris court has sentenced former Société Générale trader Jérôme Kerviel to a three year jail stint and ordered him to repay the 4.9 billion euros he lost the bank in 2008 in the wake of vast North Atlantic finance industry scams that destroyed the Western economy. Kerviel who was charged with “breach of trust, forgery and […]

September is Fête de la Gastronomie Time

September is Fête de la Gastronomie Time

You’ve enjoyed the Fête de Musique, now celebrated worldwide, so time to settle down to the 2012 edition of Fête de la Gastronomie, celebrating the food and wine of France as it should be, at table with family and friends. La Fête de la Gastronomie is a national event aimed at celebrating French cuisine. The festival […]

Gold-Leafed High-Tech Fit for a King

Gold-Leafed High-Tech Fit for a King

French luxury goods — led by Louis Vuitton the world’s most valuable brand — (worth 22 billion euros in 2011) are a major Parisian drawcard,  just witness the frantic, jostling, Ritz-based, tourist-shopper crowds in the capital year-round. Dazzling luxury shopping therapy driven by big names such as  Hermès, Chanel, Dior, Vuitton, Cartier, Lancome, L’Oreal, Cardin, Givenchy, Gucci, […]

Is Germany Picking a Fight with France?

Is Germany Picking a Fight with France?

An astonishing attack on France — possibly heralding a new era of Franco-German tension over the EU’s banker-imposed austerity policies — has been published in the leading German magazine Der Speigel. Headed “Nostalgic and Narcissistic- France’s Obsession with the Past Hinders Reform” the article is by Der Speigel’s Paris bureau chief Mathieu von Rohr and […]

Tiring of Paris? Well What About Lyon

Tiring of Paris? Well What About Lyon

Tiring of Paris well head for  Lyon and some of the hidden corners of the country’s second city — that’s the unsurprising advice from the MyLittleParis website — offered here in the little video below.  Lyon of course has an envious reputation for its cuisine. Anyone lingering a while on a downtown pavement cafe soon […]

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