Eleanor Beardsley http://wesa.fm en Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel http://wesa.fm/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 33132 at http://wesa.fm Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://wesa.fm/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 32975 at http://wesa.fm This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy http://wesa.fm/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 17:51:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 32950 at http://wesa.fm From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI http://wesa.fm/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 32108 at http://wesa.fm 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://wesa.fm/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 31838 at http://wesa.fm In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders http://wesa.fm/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 16:59:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 31771 at http://wesa.fm In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France http://wesa.fm/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 18:26:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 31226 at http://wesa.fm Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France Allies Land Again In Normandy, This Time To Honor D-Day Vets http://wesa.fm/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 30525 at http://wesa.fm 70 Years On, A Normandy Village Honors Aging WWII Veterans http://wesa.fm/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 30411 at http://wesa.fm 70 Years On, A Normandy Village Honors Aging WWII Veterans Le Pen Victory In France Presents A Paradox For Hollande http://wesa.fm/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 30192 at http://wesa.fm Europe Steps Up Attacks Against Google http://wesa.fm/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 29509 at http://wesa.fm The French Ask: Should We Be Building Warships For Russia? http://wesa.fm/post/europe-could-tighten-screws-russia-it-doesnt-why French President Francois Hollande says that for now, France intends to go through with a deal to build two warships for the Russian navy. The first of the Mistral-class assault vessels is supposed to be delivered in October.<p>The $1.6 billion deal is the biggest sale to Russia ever by a NATO country. And three years ago, when the contract was signed, French officials hailed it as a sign that Moscow should be considered a partner, not an enemy. Tue, 13 May 2014 07:05:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 29114 at http://wesa.fm The French Ask: Should We Be Building Warships For Russia? France's Far-Right's High Hopes On May Day Display http://wesa.fm/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 20:58:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 28540 at http://wesa.fm 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://wesa.fm/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 28426 at http://wesa.fm In The City Of Love, There's No Love Lost For Tourists' Love Locks Firefights And Fallen Separatists, As Ukraine Offensive Advances http://wesa.fm/post/firefights-and-fallen-separatists-ukraine-offensive-advances Early Thursday morning, the Ukrainian military moved into towns held by militants. Firefights and casualties have been reported at a number of different locations. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 28149 at http://wesa.fm Moscow Answers Ukrainian Offensive With Warning Of Its Own http://wesa.fm/post/moscow-answers-ukrainian-offensive-warning-its-own Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned today that his country would respond if its citizens or interests came under attack in Ukraine. The warning came as the interim Ukrainian government ordered a new offensive against pro-Moscow militants occupying government buildings across Eastern Ukraine. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports from Donetsk.<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: As the threat of real war heats up, so does the propaganda war. One of the things journalists have been hearing a lot lately from people here is the word pravda, or truth. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 28077 at http://wesa.fm Amid Ukraine's Faltering Hopes For Peace, Biden Speaks In Kiev http://wesa.fm/post/amid-ukraines-faltering-hopes-peace-biden-speaks-kiev Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia today that it must join in efforts to reduce tensions in Ukraine. Biden was in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, and it looks like last week's international agreement to disarm militant groups in that country is failing. Ukrainian president says the security service will resume an anti-terrorist operation following the discovery of two bodies in eastern Ukraine. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 28009 at http://wesa.fm Eastern Ukraine Town Sent Reeling After Checkpoint Killings http://wesa.fm/post/eastern-ukraine-town-sent-reeling-after-checkpoint-killings The killing of three people at a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk has increased tension in the town, where a government building is being occupied by pro-Moscow militants. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 27944 at http://wesa.fm Ukraine's Divide, Too Broad For Easter To Bridge? http://wesa.fm/post/ukraines-divide-may-be-too-broad-easter-bridge Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Ukraine celebrates Easter today as a divided country. Last week, world leaders met in Geneva to try to tamp down the crisis and end the occupation of government buildings by pro-Russian militants. So far, nothing has happened. Hoping the holiday will calm tensions, Ukraine's interim defense minister called an Easter truce. But despite their common faith, many feel the divide between Ukrainians in the east and west may be too large to heal. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 27864 at http://wesa.fm Despite Easter 'Truce,' Standoff In Ukraine Appears Steadfast http://wesa.fm/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 27857 at http://wesa.fm Both Sides Dig In Their Heels Over Crimea Crisis http://wesa.fm/post/both-sides-dig-their-heels-over-crimea-crisis Ukraine shares a long history with Russia, but the latest crisis is driving a wedge between the two countries and reinforcing a sense of national identity among many Ukrainians. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:22:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 27106 at http://wesa.fm A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea http://wesa.fm/post/culture-unchecked-abuse-thrives-ukraine-and-crimea <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5GeBpZ5VHY</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 26335 at http://wesa.fm A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea As Russia And The West Trade Shots Across The Bow, Kiev Looks On http://wesa.fm/post/russia-and-west-trade-shots-across-bow-kiev-looks Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The U.S. and Europe imposed new sanctions on Russian leaders today in response to Russia's takeover of Crimea. The Russians responded with their own sanctions. The country's foreign minister accused Kiev of organizing attacks on Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 26208 at http://wesa.fm For Crimea, Split From Ukraine Would Be Complicated And Costly http://wesa.fm/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 09:02:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 26165 at http://wesa.fm Kiev Mobilizes Thousands Of Troops, Preparing For Worst http://wesa.fm/post/kiev-mobilizes-thousands-troops-preparing-worst The Ukrainian parliament has voted to mobilize 40,000 reservists as Kiev tries to beef up its military following the referendum in Crimea. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 26010 at http://wesa.fm