France

Mehdi's Morning Memo: So Close, Yet So Far

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 10 November 2013... 1) SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR The west and Iran were so close to reaching an agreement ...

'Hands Off My Whore'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK

A group of 343 self-confessed French "scumbags" have signed a “Manifesto of the bastards”, seeking to block a bill that would outlaw paying for se...

Serge The Llama Has a Riotous Night Out With A Gang Of French Teenagers (PICTURES, VIDEO)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

An eight-year-old llama named Serge had a riotous night out with five French teenage boys last week. Serge, who is a member of a Bordeaux Circus, ...

Nine Haunted Castles for Halloween

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Trivago.co.uk

Has this Halloween inspired you to check in to some spooky accommodation? Europe is home to a number of historic castles converted to luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants. Autumn and Winter presents the perfect time of year to discover some local history and check in to these unique hotels.

A (Trick or Treat) Free Guide to Halloween

Andrew Matthews | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

There are a few places where ancient earth traditions hold true. Some countries have new traditions that aren't more sickening than a full bag of jelly Smurfs. There are certain rituals that are just plain worrying - in Brittany, children light candles in skulls to soothe restless spirits.

Has the UK Signed Up to Build a Faulty Nuclear Power Plant?

Katie McQue | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Politics
Katie McQue

On Monday, the UK woke-up to the news that the government had struck a deal to build our first new nuclear plant in over 18 years. The 3.2GW plant, named Hinkley Point C, has been touted as a job-maker and a boost to our energy security. Worryingly, however, the design of this nuclear reactor may be flawed, potentially exposing the UK to huge financial risks, as well a gravely unsafe nuclear plant.

Planet Appetite: The Greatest Wine in the World? Vin Jaune From Jura, France

Rupert Parker | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Most people are familiar with Burgundy wines, but neighbouring Jura produces Vin Jaune, the best wine in the world according to Napoleon.

A Nuclear Deal For Britain

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has hailed a landmark deal to build Britain's first new nuclear plant in a generation. The agreement with French-owned EDF ...

WATCH: French Politician Calls Black Minister A ‘Monkey' Who Belongs In ‘The Trees'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK

The National Front in France has suspended a politician who called the country's black justice minister, a "monkey" who she would "rather see in the t...

No to Prostitution

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Inna Shevchenko

Femen is clear and direct in it's position. Prostitution is nothing else but a domination of one gender through exploitation, force or lie. Patriarchy wants to legalise prostitution as a way to finally win the gender fight and make society accept women as sex-waitresses for the hungry clients that are men.

'I Am Not A Chicken'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK

French MP Philippe Le Ray has sparked outrage after he mocked a female rival by clucking like a chicken in parliament. Green Party MP Veronique Mas...

Is Same-Sex Marriage Becoming Less of an Issue in Europe?

Emily Annear | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Annear

Yet with member states all in agreement, there are some that do little to actively promote equality for the LGBT community. In particular, catholic countries such as Italy and Poland who are members of the EU, are a very long way behind some of their counterparts. They will allow couples to live together but do not recognize any kind of commitment between homosexuals.

The Changing Trends in UK Breast Implant Surgery

Jag Chana | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jag Chana

From a surgeon's point of view having a breast implant registry can only be a good thing - it ensures that anyone considering a breast augmentation will be in the safest possible hands with the best care and attention available.

The French Disgrace as Forced Evictions Soar

Niall Couper | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Niall Couper

I honestly cannot believe what is happening across the channel in France... Amnesty's new report Told to move on: Forced evictions of Roma in France launched on Wednesday in Paris reveals that forced evictions of Roma in France have reached record proportions.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 42 - Wish Tree

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

As you leave Uppark there is a 'wish tree'. We were all sorely tempted to put up a wish for scholarship rather than 'amusing' tea towels and branded chocolate.

Five Years On, Financial Crisis Has Transformed China's Reputation as a Global Power

Andrew Hammond | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK
Andrew Hammond

Five years on, the dust is still settling but it is clear that the consequences have been more than financial. In terms of perceptions, many international publics believe the economic balance of power has swung sharply toward China.

Week 41- Life in the Arts Lan e- The Bridge at Avignon

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I have been in Avignon for a few days in advance of that five times annually triple Brocantes at Beziers, Montpellier, and Avignon

France To Ban 'Hyper-Sexualisation' Of Minors In Child Beauty Pageants

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK

French politicians have moved towards outlawing child beauty pageants in order to prevent the “hyper-sexualisation” of little girls. The Senate...

Fresh Diplomatic Talks Reduce Potential for Syrian Intervention

Alex Rickets | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Rickets

An apparently inadvertent remark by Secretary of State John Kerry, who mused that Washington might change course if Syria handed over its chemical weapons stockpile, now appears to have changed everything.

Tasty Blackbirds, Deadly Fruit and What Really Matters...

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I have eaten many blackbirds during happy years spent in France where my best friend, Madame Bué, would frequently stuff them with sultanas, drizzle with cognac and roast in the the oven. I was a bad guest mostly and would arrive late for lunch every Sunday when the blackbirds had waited a bit too long in the oven and were, ahem, let us say, singed.

'Your Homosexuality. It Doesn't Matter'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK

SEE ALSO: Pope Francis Telephones Rape Victim To Comfort Her Pope Francis has reportedly called a young gay Catholic man in France to reassure him...

French Alps Shooting One Year On

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK

British police have travelled to France for the first anniversary of the murder of an engineer who was shot dead with his wife and mother-in-law. S...

Hidden Gems of Europe - Collioure, Perpignan and Saint Cyprien

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

On our annual visit to Montpellier last month for the Radio France music festival, we marvelled once again at how few English people seem to know about this superb festival of free jazz, classical, world and DJ gigs.

France By Train Part II: Avignon

Zahra Razavi | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

When we step out of the station in Avignon, an intense heat and the sound of cigales act as our greeting. The city is well known for its impressive climate and the region for its sonic buzz, even selling soft-toy versions of the cricket-like creatures in its tourist shops.

France By Train Part I: Lille

Zahra Razavi | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

On a summer's day in July, we leave behind a rain-flustered London in the middle of an otherworldly thunderstorm following Britain's hottest day in years. The train speeds through English countryside until we're in the darkness of the Eurotunnel, and then - in what seems like the blink of an eye - we find ourselves on French soil.