December 18, 2007 |
Representatives from around the world collectively endorsed the latest U.S.-backed Mideast peace initiative Monday, pledging to support the crippled Palestinian economy at a crucial moment when its moderate leaders are engaged in peace talks with Israel. Ninety countries and international organizations shored up the Palestinians with pledges to donate $7.
November 15, 2007 |
Transport workers shut down most trains in Paris, testing the patience of residents forced to walk, bike or skate to work with a strike aimed at derailing President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to end special retirement benefits that he says hurt France's competitiveness. Sarkozy called on unions to enter talks. Both the state train authority, which began its strike Tuesday night, and the Paris transport system announced a fresh day of walkouts today. Only 90 of 700 trains ran Wednesday.
August 10, 2006 |
The French government, taking a new step in its drive to clear the capital's streets of tent encampments, said Paris authorities would provide accommodations for more than 1,100 homeless people. The measure, expected to cost about $9 million, will transform temporary night shelters into places where the homeless can stay throughout the day. Authorities say the effort stems from health and safety concerns. Activists accuse the government of acting on behalf of tourists and wealthy Parisians.
March 30, 2006 |
An Algerian was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for acting as a banker for and giving logistical support to Algerian terrorists who bombed the Paris subway in 1995. Rachid Ramda was the subject of a 10-year extradition fight with Britain, which handed him to France in December. At the start of his trial last month, Ramda proclaimed his innocence and expressed sympathy for victims of the string of attacks in the Paris Metro, which killed eight people and injured more than 100.
September 3, 2005 |
Police evicted about 140 mainly African squatters, some sobbing or screaming, from two dilapidated buildings Friday as authorities began a sweep of dwellings deemed fire hazards. Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy ordered 60 such buildings closed, after two recent blazes killed dozens of African immigrants this year in the French capital and focused attention on substandard housing. Police on Friday opened an arson investigation into one of the fires, which killed 17 people last week.
May 23, 2002 |
A fire erupted early today at the Israeli Embassy in Paris, slightly injuring five firefighters and causing heavy damage to the building, officials said. But there were no indications that the blaze was caused by arson or an attack. The fire started about 2:20 a.m. Authorities initially said the blaze had destroyed an unoccupied wing of the embassy that was being renovated. But Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe later said, "It is in fact the embassy" that was burned. Fire Capt.
February 25, 2006 |
In an official expression of support for the arts, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a media conference Friday at the Caltrans downtown headquarters to celebrate landmark exhibitions of Los Angeles contemporary art and architecture coming soon to Paris. "Los Angeles 1955-1985," featuring about 350 works by 87 artists, and "Morphosis," exploring a prominent architectural firm's work, will open March 8 at France's Pompidou Center.
April 18, 2004 |
One gray Saturday in March, I went to the Paris Travel Show at Exposition Park in the southwest part of the city. Right in the middle of the huge, packed hall, I found the booth for Michelin Guides, where a salesman showed me almost every book and map on the racks, including, of course, Michelin France 2004, also known as the Red Guide. With its Bible-thin pages, red ribbon place-marker and cunning symbols, the annually revised book is a travel classic.
March 7, 2004 |
About the time I was told it could take up to three months to get a long-term French visa because I had filed all the wrong documents and didn't have a permanent address in Paris, I wondered what I was doing. Why was I giving up my rent-controlled apartment in sunny L.A., abandoning my car, saying goodbye to family and friends? Why, in short, was I moving to Paris? Actually, this doesn't count as moving because I'm coming back.