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February 25, 2012
Our travel group took a wonderful trip to the French Riviera in September. The best thing about the trip were the guides: Jean Bardot, of the American University of Paris, and wine and food expert Patrick Bulteau. They are leading a trip to Provence from May 25-June 7 that will combine the history and spectacular scenery of Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Roman ruins and Van Gogh's art in Arles with wine tasting in the Rhône Valley. For more information, go to http://www.travelswithJeanandPatrick.com or call (775)
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December 9, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
Edouard Molinaro, a French film director best known for his groundbreaking, gay-themed comedy "La Cage Aux Folles," died Saturday at a Paris hospital. He was 85. He had a pulmonary illness, according to French media. Molinaro made more than 30 feature films, some with top French stars such as Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot and Jean-Paul Belmondo. Although he was well established in France before "La Cage Aux Folles," American audiences didn't know much of him until his madcap tale of a gay couple and their drag nightclub - La Cage Aux Folles, or, the Cage of Crazies, on the French Riviera.
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NEWS
October 19, 1990 | Reuters
A flash flood on the French Riviera damaged hundreds of homes, cut roads and claimed at least one life, police said Thursday.
WORLD
September 21, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - - Bo Xilai, at one time the most potent challenger to the current Chinese Communist Party leadership, was sentenced Sunday to life in prison for corruption. The 64-year-old Bo, who had been the party secretary in Chongqing, has vowed to appeal the conviction and sentence on charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power. “I will wait quietly in the prison,” Bo wrote in a letter to family members that was published  by overseas Chinese media. “My father was jailed many times.
NEWS
August 7, 1985 | United Press International
A raging forest fire caused the evacuation of more than 2,000 people along the posh French Riviera today, including vacationers at a seaside Club Med resort. By late morning, the blaze in the popular southern France vacation haven had been controlled, but hundreds of campers remained stranded. Even the Cote d'Azur's famed private villas were threatened by flames, driven by 65 m.p.h. winds.
BUSINESS
September 5, 1985 | HEIDI EVANS, Times Staff Writer
The French Riviera, growing weary of its image as a plush sandbox for the idle rich, is getting down to serious business. Not content to let tourism remain the dominant financial force in the region, officials from Cote d'Azur Development, the French Riviera economic development agency, have scheduled a six-city U.S. tour--including Newport Beach--to sing the praises of doing business in Southern France. "Everybody wants companies; it's the future!"
NEWS
December 18, 1991 | Reuters
Tropical algae is choking part of the Mediterranean and threatens to cause an ecological disaster, French scientists said Tuesday. "It's spreading like cancer," said Alexandre Meinesz, director of Nice University's marine environment laboratory. The bright green weed with the scientific name of Caulerpa taxifolia is gathering in luxuriant banks stretching over nearly 75 acres off the exclusive beach resorts of the French Riviera.
NEWS
July 25, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Suspected arson fires fed by strong winds ravaged the French Riviera today, killing one person, destroying up to 20 resort homes and consuming thousands of acres of forest, officials said. Officials in Nice said at least 1,500 people were forced to flee the flames. One firefighter was seriously injured Thursday night by smoke inhalation and burns, and several others were slightly injured.
WORLD
July 30, 2003 | From Associated Press
Forest fires swept through parts of the French Riviera on Tuesday, killing at least four people, devastating scenic woods and forcing thousands to evacuate. Authorities speculated that the blazes, which damaged or destroyed about 60 homes, were caused by arson. About 30 broke out nearly simultaneously Monday, and some Molotov cocktails were found, local officials said. Authorities were still investigating and had not definitively determined the cause.
NEWS
December 10, 1995 | WILLIAM J. KOLE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It slipped out of the harbor as silently as it came, without the three horn blasts most yachts use to announce their presence among Monaco's rich and famous. The Kremlin Princess had already commanded their attention. Resplendent in navy blue enamel, mahogany trim and a mast towering above the others, its quiet elegance was a fitting symbol of how wealthy Russians are living it up on the French Riviera.
WORLD
July 29, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A lone jewel thief who struck the lavish Carlton International Hotel in the French Riviera resort of Cannes made off with $136 million in diamond-encrusted watches and gems, making it one of the biggest jewel heists in history, French authorities reported Monday. Initial estimates of the stolen jewels after the brazen midday theft on Sunday put their value at $53 million. A subsequent inventory disclosed that more had been taken from a poorly guarded hotel room, where other items were being stored for a diamond exhibit by Dubai-based Leviev diamond house, Philippe Vique of the regional prosecutor's office told local media.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Susan King
Not many of us will ever get to the fabulous Cannes Film Festival currently taking place in the glamorous French resort town. But there is a way to enjoy the Cannes experience vicariously via the films that have used the international festival as a backdrop for narrative features, TV movies and documentaries. One example is “Seduced & Abandoned," Alec Baldwin and James Toback's documentary chronicling their attempts to raise financing for a project at the 2012 extravaganza. The duo has have returned to the French Riviera this year to screen the film, which has been acquired by HBO. Definitely worth checking out is indie filmmaker Henry Jaglom's "Festival in Cannes," a well-received 2001 satire of the machinations of filmmakers and the art of the deal at Cannes at the 1999 festival.
SPORTS
May 7, 2013 | Chris Erskine
It's another hymn of an evening down here in Anaheim, the French Riviera of freeways. Took a mere two hours to drive from L.A., which exceeds the capacity of many bladders. Fortunately, the kid in the back seat fell asleep in Azusa of all places, or the trip might've verged on the unpleasant. So on this perfect May evening when everything smells of grilled meats and mowed grass, the Angels had me at halo. What's to make of these Angels? Is there a better lineup in baseball? Is there a bigger disappointment in all of sports?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Renoir" is a lush, involving film that deals not with one Renoir but two, as well as the strong-minded woman who was a key player in both their lives. The year is 1915, the setting the gorgeous landscape of the French Riviera, and Renoir the father, the recently widowed 74-year-old Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste (the veteran Michel Bouquet), is hungry for inspiration. His son, future filmmaker Jean Renoir, is only 21, a wounded World War I veteran come home to the family compound at Cagnes-sur-Mer to convalesce.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
The world of cinema mourned when Jean Renoir died in Beverly Hills in 1979 at the age of 84. One of the most influential directors of the 20th century, noted for such masterpieces as 1937's "Grand Illusion," 1939's "Rules of the Game" and 1945's "The Southerner," the French filmmaker was widely embraced by the young Turks of France's New Wave, including Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. But there was little notice seven months later when Renoir's first wife, Andree Heuschling, who acted in his silent films as Catherine Hessling, died in France at the age of 79. After their divorce in 1930, she soon retired from acting and drifted into obscurity.
TRAVEL
February 25, 2012
Our travel group took a wonderful trip to the French Riviera in September. The best thing about the trip were the guides: Jean Bardot, of the American University of Paris, and wine and food expert Patrick Bulteau. They are leading a trip to Provence from May 25-June 7 that will combine the history and spectacular scenery of Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Roman ruins and Van Gogh's art in Arles with wine tasting in the Rhône Valley. For more information, go to http://www.travelswithJeanandPatrick.com or call (775)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
The world of cinema mourned when Jean Renoir died in Beverly Hills in 1979 at the age of 84. One of the most influential directors of the 20th century, noted for such masterpieces as 1937's "Grand Illusion," 1939's "Rules of the Game" and 1945's "The Southerner," the French filmmaker was widely embraced by the young Turks of France's New Wave, including Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. But there was little notice seven months later when Renoir's first wife, Andree Heuschling, who acted in his silent films as Catherine Hessling, died in France at the age of 79. After their divorce in 1930, she soon retired from acting and drifted into obscurity.
NEWS
September 2, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Boot camp on the Cote d'Azur? Yes, but it's more frill than drill at La Reserve Ramatuelle on the French Riviera. The resort, near St. Tropez, offers five days of early-morning yoga, fast-paced morning walks in the hills, spa treatments (balneotherapy, body wrap, jet shower and more) and, of course, meals. Healthful fare is prepared by a chef who uses local ingredients and flavors.  Dates: Sept. 18-23 and Oct. 10-15. Price: $7,885 for September, $7,161 for October, based on the current exchange rate.
WORLD
August 13, 2010 | By Alison Culliford, Los Angeles Times
"Sexual intercourse began in 1963," the poet Philip Larkin said of the revolution that liberated women and changed the world. And nowhere was that revolution more on display, literally, than on the beaches of the French Riviera, where the first bare breasts appeared just a year later. Scandale ! Some local mayors prohibited it, and the Interior Ministry declared it illegal. But as anyone who has visited a French beach in the last 40 years will know, public opinion was stronger than the bureaucrats' protests.
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