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March 11, 2014 | By David Ng
Officials in France returned three paintings that were confiscated by Nazi forces during World War II to the descendants of the paintings' rightful owners at a ceremony in Paris on Tuesday. The three works of art were a painting by 16th century Flemish artist Joos de Momper titled "Mountainous Landscape"; "Madonna and Child" by the 14th century Italian painter Lippo Memmi; and an 18th century portrait of a woman by an unknown painter. In a ceremony presided over by Aurélie Filippetti, France's minister of culture and communication, she said the French ministry of culture will be more proactive in researching the provenance of disputed works of art, according to a report in Le Monde.
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March 14, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
MARCH 28-AUG. 25 'In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas' Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum is well-known for having the most impressive collection of European Old Master and early Modern paintings in Los Angeles. Less familiar is the museum's exceptional Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan art. This show will chronicle the movement of Buddhism from India to the Himalayas more than a thousand years ago, bringing numerous important loans together with superlative examples of painting, sculpture, ritual and decorative arts from the Simon's own collection.
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SPORTS
July 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Below are five things to take away from Team USA's 98-71 victory Sunday over France in the opening round of men's basketball in the 2012 London Olympics. The U.S. next plays Tuesday against Tunisia at 2:30 p.m. PDT. 1. LeBron James was all over the place. Don't judge his game on how many points he had (nine) but instead on everything else he provided on the floor, including eight assists, five rebounds and two steals . James opened the game throwing a crisp lob pass to Tyson Chandler.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By David Ng
Officials in France returned three paintings that were confiscated by Nazi forces during World War II to the descendants of the paintings' rightful owners at a ceremony in Paris on Tuesday. The three works of art were a painting by 16th century Flemish artist Joos de Momper titled "Mountainous Landscape"; "Madonna and Child" by the 14th century Italian painter Lippo Memmi; and an 18th century portrait of a woman by an unknown painter. In a ceremony presided over by Aurélie Filippetti, France's minister of culture and communication, she said the French ministry of culture will be more proactive in researching the provenance of disputed works of art, according to a report in Le Monde.
WORLD
July 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Radioactive particles spewed from a pipe at a French nuclear reactor, slightly contaminating 100 employees, a spokeswoman for the national electric company said. It was the fourth recent incident at a French nuclear site and the second in five days. Caroline Muller, a spokeswoman for Electricite de France, said 100 employees were affected at a reactor complex in Tricastin. She said the radiation was less than 1/40th the regulation limit. The reactor involved had been shut down for refueling, she said.
NEWS
November 5, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
During a recent visit to Paris I made my first pilgrimage to a Disney theme park outside the United States.  For years I have been reading about the majestic beauty of the Magic Kingdom-style park at Disneyland Paris, the dysfunctional violation of all things Disney that is Walt Disney Studios next door and the promise of what the future holds for both parks. TOP 10: Disneyland Paris | Walt Disney Studios So let's step back for a moment and take a long, hard look at what's right, wrong and next at the two theme parks serving as Disney's European outpost in France.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1999
Did you know that the French version of the Fourth of July celebrates a spectacular jailbreak? On July 14, 1789, the people of Paris revolted against the oppressive reign of King Louis XVI by storming the state prison, the Bastille. Thus began the French Revolution, which resulted in France becoming a democracy marked by Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite (Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood).
SPORTS
April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: FRANCE FIFA ranking: 8 Overall World Cup record: 25-16-10 Coach: Raymond Domenech Best performance: Winner 1998 Overview: Having been steered into the World Cup by the hand of Thierry Henry, a foul that went uncalled in a qualifying playoff win over Ireland, and coming off Zinedine Zidane's infamous head butt in the 2006 Cup final, the French will not be widely popular, especially among referees....
OPINION
November 16, 2013
Re "Stand by France," Opinion, Nov. 14 France's feisty objection to elements of the proposed Iran nuclear agreement may have merit, but Eric Edelman and Ray Takeyh are way off base writing that "France has an honorable history" in shielding the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and underlying norms. France has had a tradition of helping countries with suspect nuclear ambitions. Before the treaty, Paris provided Israel with the Dimona reactor that it knew would be used for weapons development.
OPINION
February 23, 2014 | By Pascal Bruckner
PARIS - Not long ago, I attended a colloquium of French scientists and philosophers in Corsica, France, called "How to Think About the Future. " With few exceptions, the astrophysicists, economists, physicians and social theorists on hand offered dark visions of tomorrow. A new financial crisis, water and grain shortages, endless war, a general collapse of ecosystems - we were spared no catastrophic scenario. A month earlier, I had been invited by the environmentalist think tank Breakthrough to San Francisco, where I reflected with a group of thinkers on the Schumpeterian economic idea of "creative destruction" and its application to energy production.
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March 2, 2014 | Times staff and wire services
Alain Resnais, the French filmmaker whose intellectual experiments with time, memory and imagination yielded such celebrated films as "Last Year at Marienbad," has died. He was 91. Resnais was editing drafts of his next project even from his hospital bed, his longtime producer, Jean-Louis Livi, told the Associated Press. Resnais, who died Saturday, was renowned for reinventing himself during each of his full-length films, which included the acclaimed "Hiroshima Mon Amour" in 1959 and most recently "Life of Riley," which was honored at the Berlin Film Festival just weeks ago. In France, he won two Césars, the French equivalent of the Oscars, and, in 2009, received a lifetime achievement award at the Cannes International Film Festival.
OPINION
February 23, 2014 | By Pascal Bruckner
PARIS - Not long ago, I attended a colloquium of French scientists and philosophers in Corsica, France, called "How to Think About the Future. " With few exceptions, the astrophysicists, economists, physicians and social theorists on hand offered dark visions of tomorrow. A new financial crisis, water and grain shortages, endless war, a general collapse of ecosystems - we were spared no catastrophic scenario. A month earlier, I had been invited by the environmentalist think tank Breakthrough to San Francisco, where I reflected with a group of thinkers on the Schumpeterian economic idea of "creative destruction" and its application to energy production.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - Seventy-two years after Nazis began deporting French Jews to concentration camps, the French government is negotiating to pay reparations for the first time to several hundred Holocaust survivors now living in the U.S. who survived unspeakable conditions while being transported in government-owned rail cars and in the death camps at the end of the line. Stuart Eizenstat, a Washington lawyer who advises the State Department on Holocaust issues, said in an interview Friday that the French government entered into formal talks Feb. 6 and appeared to be intent on wrapping up negotiations by the end of the year.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - The fab threesome of U.S. freeskiers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper landed on the cover of a limited edition of Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal box after sweeping the slopestyle podium. Now that the French trio of ski cross racers -- gold-medalist Jean Frederic Chapuis, silver-medalist Arnaud Bovolenta and bronze-medalist Jonathan Midol swept the Olympic podium -- what does that mean for their commercial futures in France? Will it be adverts for Nutella, the popular chocolate hazelnut spread?
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - The fab threesome of U.S. freeskiers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper landed on the cover of a limited-edition Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal box after sweeping the slopestyle medals. Now that a French trio of ski cross racers - gold-medalist Jean Frederic Chapuis, silver-medalist Arnaud Bovolenta and bronze-medalist Jonathan Midol - have swept, what does that mean for their commercial futures in France? Probably very little. Instead, the skiers will be happy if it brings their sport more recognition.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia - Lowell Bailey . had the best individual finish in U.S. biathlon history when he finished eighth in the men's 20-kilometer Thursday. Bailey missed only one of 20 shots but still finished almost 11/2 minutes behind the winner, Martin Fourcade of France. A temperature of 55 degrees made the course more difficult, causing skiers to adjust their technique, especially on the hills. It was the second gold of the Games for Fourcade, who won the 12.5-kilometer pursuit Monday.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
Like cats after the cream, Parisians are flocking to a new cafe whose centerpiece is not food but felines. Le Café des Chats , which opened a little more than two weeks ago in the 3 rd arrondissement in the heart of the City of Light, was an instant hit and has been reluctantly turning away those who arrive without reservations. The attraction, besides an elegant but simple menu that last weekend featured a 20-euro ($27) menu that included freshly squeezed orange juice and eggs scrambled with chanterelle mushrooms, are the furry denizens (10 females, two males)
WORLD
May 15, 2013 | By Kim Willsher
PARIS -- Beleaguered French President Francois Hollande suffered a further setback in his attempts to pull France out of its economic slump after official figures showed Wednesday that the country has entered a double-dip recession. Figures released by the country's National Statistics and Economic Study Institute showed that gross domestic product in the European Union's second-largest economy contracted 0.2% in the first quarter of 2013, matching a decline in the last quarter of 2012.
SPORTS
February 6, 2014 | From staff reports
SOCHI, Russia - Now that he has been chosen as the U.S. team's flag bearer for the 2014 Sochi Olympics opening ceremony, Todd Lodwick faces a potentially painful challenge. Holding the flag. Less than a month ago, the Nordic combined athlete fell hard in the ski jump portion of a competition in France. He fractured his left shoulder, tearing the labrum and ligaments. "It was a devastating crash," he said. Lodwick, who competed in his first Olympics in 1994, kept the arm immobilized for three weeks, taking it out of a sling only for physical therapy.
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
A new hybrid dark ride-roller coaster at Germany's Europa-Park will take visitors through a microscopic universe populated by ants the size of elephants, bumble bees as big as fighter jets and blades of grass taller than skyscrapers. Photos: 'Arthur and the Invisibles' ride at Germany's Europa-Park Debuting in April, the ride will be themed to the "Arthur and the Invisibles" animated movie trilogy directed by French filmmaker Luc Besson. The stories follow the adventures of a tiny race of creatures known as Minimoys who live in peaceful harmony with nature in a secretive underground world.
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