March 21, 2012 |
A standoff with a gunman deemed France's public enemy No. 1 after he claimed responsibility for three shootings that left seven people dead entered its second day Thursday as heavily armed police tried to extricate the suspect from a barricaded apartment in Toulouse. Elite SWAT-style officers had cordoned off the four-story building and spent more than 24 hours trying to persuade 23-year-old Mohamed Merah to surrender after he boasted of a 10-day terrorist rampage that left three Jewish children, a rabbi and three French paratroopers dead.
March 15, 2012 |
Three members of a French parachute regiment were gunned down Thursday in a busy town center in southwestern France by an assassin on a scooter. It was the second drive-by shooting of French soldiers in less than a week, leading investigators to fear military personnel were being targeted. The three soldiers, all in uniforms, were standing by a bank ATM machine in the town of Montauban when the gunman opened fire shortly after 2 p.m. Two of the men, 24 and 26 years old, were killed instantly; the third, age 28, was in critical condition in a hospital Thursday night.
October 8, 2008 |
Airbus, the world's largest maker of commercial aircraft, received 79% fewer orders in September compared with a year earlier amid a slowdown in demand from airlines. Customers signed contracts last month for 29 planes, compared with 141 orders a year earlier. Orders from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 fell 13% to 737 aircraft, Toulouse, France-based Airbus said. Airbus has a full-year order target of 850 aircraft. Chief Executive Tom Enders said July 12 that as much as 27% of Airbus' backlog might be lost if airlines cancel contracts.
July 13, 2008 |
A review of what happened Saturday and a look at what to expect in today's stage: Saturday's stage: A 107.2-mile, mostly flat ride from Figeac to Toulouse, the final part of which took place in heavy rain. Winner: Mark Cavendish of Britain and Team Columbia won his second stage in four days. Teammate Gerald Ciolek of Germany was second, with Jimmy Casper of France third.
May 8, 2005 |
IN the last years of the 19th century, Montmartre, a poor Paris neighborhood high on a hill, burst into a frenzy of popular song and dance, creative art and decadent high jinks -- a frenzy with wonderful imagery that still lingers in our minds. We owe most of those images to the works of the diminutive and doomed artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Toulouse-Lautrec was a painter and lithographer of extraordinary appeal.
March 26, 2003 |
FIRST there was Citrus, Michel Richard's seminal French-California restaurant on Melrose. Then came Citronelle in Santa Barbara, and Citronelle in Washington, D.C. After Richard left California to move East several years ago, he focused his attention on Citronelle there, turning it into one of the capital's great restaurants. Meanwhile the Santa Barbara restaurant languished. But now, for the first time in 10 years, it has a new chef.