January 13, 1995 |
For months now, Le Monde, the most serious, thorough and, it must be said, grayest of France's daily newspapers, had been promising its readers a new look. And there it was this week, on the front page of the 15,538th edition. Color. Not colors, mind you. Just one color--red--in an otherwise black-and-white drawing of Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin and a bloody Chechen combatant, a splash of color small enough to hide beneath a coffee cup.
January 25, 1994 |
As with so many good ideas in France, this one was born over dinner. Four friends, all collectors of first-edition newspapers, asked each other: What type of newspaper would they most like to read? Well, they concluded, it would have to be a paper with news . No commentary. No political slant. Only a little advertising. And lots of short articles and colorful graphics. In other words, a newspaper like no other in France.
November 21, 1990 |
It was tiny San Marino's day of glory Tuesday at the 34-nation Paris summit. The postage-stamp republic atop Mt. Titano on the Italian peninsula was represented at the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) by a 37-year-old former high school teacher, Gabriele Gatti. Although San Marino has only 22,361 citizens, CSCE rules give all countries equal status.
May 28, 1990 |
The second-largest city in France is tired of being insulted, pushed around, slandered and, even worse, taken for granted by the rest of the country. Fighting back, the Marseilles Establishment has mounted an aggressive campaign to defend its honor against pompous Parisians, libelous Lyonnais, blasphemous Bordelais and anybody else who tries to mock Marseilles. If the critics persist, the Marseillais warned recently in an open letter, they will be taken into court.
April 28, 1990 |
These are bittersweet days on the Rue des Italiens. The newspaper Le Monde, France's most famous journalistic institution, a landmark on this narrow, L-shaped street in the Opera district, is moving to ultramodern offices in the distant Montparnasse district. Even the two men who camp on a mattress in front of the 89-year-old building on the Rue des Italiens are upset. They say they will accompany Le Monde in its cross-town move to the Left Bank address.
April 14, 1990 |
Three European hostages freed this week in Beirut were captured by Col. Moammar Kadafi's government and held in Libya, not Lebanon, the Paris daily Le Figaro said. The French government said it could not confirm or deny the report.