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French MPs vote on road map for restoring Notre-Dame Three months after fire destroyed the roof and spire of Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral, French MPs were set Tuesday to approve controversial proposals on how to go about rebuilding the famous church.
French minister resigns over luxury dinners, complains of media lynching A French cabinet minister resigned Tuesday after media reports accused him of extravagant spending, including on luxury dinners. He, however, says he is the victim of a "media lynching".
BREAKING: French minister quits over luxury lobster and fine wine dinners The French minister at the centre of a scandal over the dinners he hosted with giant lobsters and €500-a-bottle wines has quit blaming a "media lynching".
French minister François de Rugy resigns over spending scandal French Environment Minister François de Rugy, at the centre of a controversy over lavish spending, announced his resignation on Tuesday but lashed out at what he claimed was a “media lynching”.

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Prints of Provence, fabrics on a marketstall

Prints of Provence: “Les Indiennes” colourful fabrics

in History and Traditions by Margo Lestz
How could a fabric that originated in India, was copied by Armenians and outlawed in France, become a symbol of Provence? The kaleidoscope of cotton fabrics that punctuate the Provençal markets today just seem to shout “southern France”. They are decorated with cicadas, olives and flowers in colours that reflect the local…
Mimosa ladies in a group

Mimosa Matters fundraising: past, present and future

in Community by Karen Hockney
Five years ago, Mimosa Matters started life as a conversation over coffee among a group of female expats who had all been touched by cancer and were keen to make a difference to the community they live in. Today, this association has raised almost a quarter of a million euros through a variety of innovative and fun events,…

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