July 22, 1991 |
Roland Bedryj is a French-speaking guide and bus driver who conducts very low-budget tours of Paris for a travel agency in southeast Poland. For about $125 for a five-day tour, the mustachioed, blond Pole with a taste for pungent French black-tobacco cigarettes drives his no-frills, no-video, no-air conditioning, no-bathroom 42-passenger bus from the sugar-beet city of Bielawa to the City of Light. His mostly young tourists sleep in student hostels and eat home-made sandwiches on the bus.
May 19, 1988
French ultra-rightist Jean-Marie Le Pen plans to run for a Parliament seat representing Marseille, the racially troubled southern city where he won strong support in his recent anti-immigrant presidential bid. Le Pen's National Front party said he will seek the parliamentary seat of the 8th Marseille district in the June 5 and 12 general elections. Le Pen's decision stirred controversy over the balloting, called Saturday by President Francois Mitterrand, who was reelected May 8.
February 23, 1997 |
Danielle Mitterrand, the widow of the former French president, turned out Saturday afternoon. Celebrated figures in France's film industry came. So did throngs of ordinary men and women, including Jacques Cadelec, who wore a boldly lettered sign on his chest: "Immigrants' grandson." "My grandparents came to Paris at the beginning of the century from Brittany, Normandy, Burgundy," said the 60-year-old aerospace engineer, who lives in the capital's suburbs.
August 29, 1989 |
On a recent morning here, American television star Sandy Duncan pushed a stunt man into the Seine River after whacking him on the head with an umbrella, part of an action sequence for the season opener of her TV sitcom "The Hogan Family." The same spot on the river along the Quai Montebello below Notre Dame Cathedral was reserved a few days later for Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward to stroll hand-in-hand in their new film "Mr. and Mrs.
July 10, 1991 |
Bowing to opinion polls and public anger at a rash of violence in immigrant ghettos, France's Socialist government has warned illegal immigrants they will now be forcibly deported. The get-tough move by Prime Minister Edith Cresson, made public Monday, delighted her conservative opponents stunned some left-wing supporters.
August 30, 1993 |
A controversial immigration law took effect in France, but Prime Minister Edouard Balladur, unhappy because key elements have been struck out by the Constitutional Council, is expected to try to toughen it this week. The law seeks to restrict the right of foreigners to enter and reside in France and clamps down on abuse of political asylum, marriages of convenience and family reunification.