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December 11, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If there is a Gallic version of hell, it surely must be this: to watch as food you love is outlawed or deemed dangerous, and to hear that eating it may lead to sickness and death. Last week, Philippe Bardau, the top-rated chef in this former royal capital on the Loire, took all beef-based dishes off the menu of his 19-table restaurant, which boasts a star in the Michelin guide.
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January 15, 2001 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a cold but radiant weekend here, the nicest so far this winter. The boulevards of the Right Bank were mobbed with people enticed by post-New Year's sales. So why did hundreds choose to spend a glorious afternoon indoors, sunk in the same red velvet seats at the Olympia music hall where audiences have listened to the likes of Liza Minnelli and Jacques Brel? The improbable answer is what for Americans is kid stuff: a national spelling championship.
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July 13, 1987 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
In the land of Marcel Proust and Albert Camus and Andre Gide, 40-year-old Paul-Loup Sulitzer, a portly, fast-talking, cigar-smoking millionaire, is hardly anyone's idea of a literary giant. Yet he is probably France's most widely read contemporary novelist. Sulitzer produces, at the pace of about one book a year, what he calls "financial westerns," fast-paced novels in which the good guys make mind-boggling fortunes and whip the bad guys by rendering them bankrupt.
NEWS
December 11, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If there is a Gallic version of hell, it surely must be this: to watch as food you love is outlawed or deemed dangerous, and to hear that eating it may lead to sickness and death. Last week, Philippe Bardau, the top-rated chef in this former royal capital on the Loire, took all beef-based dishes off the menu of his 19-table restaurant, which boasts a star in the Michelin guide.
NEWS
January 10, 1997 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is one of the world's most beloved anarchists, a gentle saboteur of the status quo who is against parking meters, cops, office routine and most other things that pass for the trappings of modern civilization. Like many of us, deep in the most secret recesses of our hidden self, Gaston Lagaffe would rather sleep than work. He dreams grandly of improving society, but his plans, without fail, go awry. "He is a child in an adult world," his "father" once said.
MAGAZINE
February 28, 1993 | JONATHAN KANDELL, Jonathan Kandell, a former Paris-based correspondent for the New York Times, frequently writes on international art and politics
The facade of the elegant Paris townhouse that serves as headquarters for Yves Saint Laurent's fashion empire is decked out with bunting and evergreen wreaths. But inside, Pierre Berge, who runs the business for his designer-partner, is oblivious to the holiday cheer. He is lamenting the decline of French culture over the past 12 years. And he finds enough blemishes to spoil anybody's Christmas mood.
NEWS
December 22, 1990 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of the biggest victories for the emerging French anti-smoking movement came some years ago when Lucky Luke, a celebrated cowboy comic strip character who could roll his own cigarettes with one hand while riding a horse, gave up the habit. Cigarettes, that is, not horses. Today, he chews on a piece of straw. Earlier this month, Parliament gave anti-smokers another boost by passing a law that bans smoking in public places and will prohibit all forms of cigarette advertising by 1993.
NEWS
December 12, 1998 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A series of polls and studies has dished up some real dirt on the French: Fewer than half take a bath or shower each day. What's more, 40% of French men, and 25% of women, do not change their underwear daily. Fully 50% of the men, and 30% of women, do not use deodorant. Why is this so, in a nation that has done so much to set modern Western standards for polite behavior? It is not for want of means--almost every French household is equipped with a shower or bathtub.
NEWS
October 30, 1990 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The illuminated yellow cross shines brightly these days inside the Crypt of the Wooden Hand. Legionnaires in crisp khaki uniforms and white kepis--caps with flat, round tops and stiff visors--march the length of the "Sacred Way" parade ground at the center of the headquarters compound here with a renewed sense of purpose.
SPORTS
February 8, 1992 | MIKE KUPPER
The sign says it's France, and the road signs are in French, so what's with this nagging feeling that something's not quite right here? Could it be all those other signs? The ones in English? French purists have been complaining for years about the creeping invasion of English. A drive through the provinces shows why. Barely are you in the country when you see a sign inviting you to stop at the snack bar ahead.
NEWS
May 19, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Friday, 10 p.m., Place d'Italie. Francis Thomas, a.k.a. "Fanta Boy," is here with his wheels on, ready to roll. All week, the lanky, unmarried immigrant from Cameroon has waited for this moment. It's what he daydreams about while working as a security guard: the wind in his face, the pavement under his feet, the thrill of streaking downhill at 30 mph. "Once you've tasted the Friday night ride, you become impatient for Friday to roll around again," says Thomas, 25. "You can't live without it."
NEWS
April 22, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
McDonald's in France has faced the ire of ransacking peasants and the scorn of a president known for relishing calves' heads more than cheeseburgers. This week, the attacks on the U.S. fast-food giant crossed a threshold when a bombing killed one of its employees. Denis Hennequin, president and CEO of McDonald's France, begged his countrymen Friday to stop thinking of his chain as anything other than restaurants staffed by industrious employees.
NEWS
December 12, 1998 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A series of polls and studies has dished up some real dirt on the French: Fewer than half take a bath or shower each day. What's more, 40% of French men, and 25% of women, do not change their underwear daily. Fully 50% of the men, and 30% of women, do not use deodorant. Why is this so, in a nation that has done so much to set modern Western standards for polite behavior? It is not for want of means--almost every French household is equipped with a shower or bathtub.
NEWS
January 30, 1998 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The French military, looking for a few good men and women, has begun headhunting on the Internet at http://www.defense.gouv.fr "Our site is going to constitute an essential aid tool for recruitment," army Capt. Pascal Lebraun, who is in charge of the venture, confidently predicted this week. Before the end of 1998, young people who want to join an army, navy and air force in the throes of professionalization will be able to send their resumes via e-mail.
NEWS
January 2, 1998 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Harriet Welty Rochefort, an Iowan married to a Frenchman, once made the colossal blunder of making her father-in-law a sandwich for lunch. He gazed at the bread-encased object as if it were some unknown life form. When told he would have to pick up the thing with his hands to eat it--like a caveman with his kill--the elderly man rebelled. "Well, why don't we just get down on the floor and throw bones over our shoulders while we're at it?" he asked.
NEWS
October 31, 1997 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To learn how the Grinch stole Christmas, you can look it up in a book. But how have the French now gotten ahold of that quintessential American holiday, Halloween? Tonight, as darkness settles on the French capital, they will be pouring special "evil death cocktails" at the Ho-La-La cafe near Les Halles, the old market district. At Le Lutece, a club in the Latin Quarter, the traditional student neighborhood, costumed monsters will storm onto the dance floor.
SPORTS
February 9, 1992 | MIKE KUPPER
If travel is as broadening as they say, it probably is because travelers are exposed to such cultural differences. Take France. Or at least the Savoy region of France. Things are not quite the same here as they are at home. Shower curtains, for instance. There aren't any. But then again, there are no showers, at least not the way we understand them. There are hand-held showers, much like kitchen-sink dish rinsers, but they defy proper use.
NEWS
November 20, 1990 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was supposed to be a summit marking the end of the Cold War, but Paris looked like a city under siege. The three-day meeting of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe opened Monday in a tense melange of pomp and high security that snarled traffic and pushed the short-fused Parisian populace to the verge of explosion.
NEWS
June 20, 1997 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For six grueling weeks, Marisol Touraine crisscrossed working-class neighborhoods by the railroad tracks, farm hamlets and village markets, tramping in her black pumps, rain or shine, across a 60-mile stretch of central France in quest of votes.
NEWS
May 21, 1997 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You hear it even here, in the provincial France of hard work and thrift and Roman Catholic piety, of dairy farms dotted with grazing black-and-white cows, and quiet country roads marked with hewn wooden crucifixes. It is Le Doute--doubt. More than three centuries ago, a brilliant Jesuit-taught thinker from the nearby Loire valley, Rene Descartes, made it the departure point of a rationalist world view that every Frenchman and Frenchwoman is now supposed to imbibe from the age of nursery school.
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