Nicolas Mathieu poses for photographs at the window of the Drouant restaurant after his win. Photo EPA-EFEViet Nam News PARIS — Nicolas Mathieu scooped France’s top Goncourt literary prize yesterday for his second novel, a coming-of-age tale set against a backdrop of industrial decline and teenage lust. Leurs enfants apres eux (Their children after them) follows a group of teenagers growing up in the 1990s in Mathieu’s native eastern France. Mathieu, a 40-year-old ex-journalist, said he had spent "18 months locked up in a room" to write the book. "And suddenly I find myself here like a rabbit caught in the headlights," he told a crowd of reporters in the famed Drouant restaurant in Paris, where the Goncourt is awarded each year. Set over four summers, the novel follows the friends as they dream of escaping a dreary industrial town where the blast furnaces have fallen silent. Their parents fare no better: one of their fathers, a laid-off metal worker, scrapes … [Read more...] about Bleak teenage tale wins France’s top book prize
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The protests are mainly motivated by plans by oil giant Total to import palm oil for use in biofuels, a move they denounce as unfair competition which jeopardises their livelihood, particularly that of farmers who produce rapeseed oil which is used for biofuel. The blockades are set to remain in place for at least the next three days. Although some farmers have suggested the militant action will continue beyond three days. Farmers are currently blocking 14 oil refineries and depots in France out of a total of seven refineries and around 200 fuel depots, 90 of which are described as "principle" depots. However things could quickly escalate, with members of the farmers union in the greater Paris region of Ile-de-France announcing their intention to also block the principal fuel depot of Grigny in Essonne which would paralyze other depots in the region. (Motorists queue for fuel during a blockade of refineries and depots … [Read more...] about Could protesting French farmers cause fuel shortages in France?
By Howard Fendrich Associated Press Published 7:26 p.m. UTC Jun 10, 2018 Paris – As Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem warmed up before the French Open final, the booming voice of an announcer at Court Philippe Chatrier called out each player’s bona fides. Nadal’s introduction included a year-by-year accounting of every time he’d already won the title at Roland Garros. The crowd responded, initially offering polite applause, then adding their voices, rising into a full-throated roar. Go ahead and 2018 to the lengthy list. Nadal won his record-extending 11th championship at the French Open on Sunday, overcoming a late problem with a finger on his racket-swinging hand and displaying his foe-rattling best for a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 7 seed Thiem, the only person to beat the Spaniard on clay over the past two seasons. Up a break at 2-1 in the third set, Nadal stopped serving after a fault because he couldn’t straighten his left middle finger. At … [Read more...] about Master of France: Nadal beats Thiem for 11th French Open title
Every June and July this internationally acclaimed open-air music, theatre, dance and film festival takes place in Lyon's Roman Theatre. This year French indie pop band Phoenix, former guitarist of the White Stripes Jack White and the Arctic Monkeys, as well as member of Franco-British entertainment royalty Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. On top of this, a selection of plays, circus acts, instrumental musicians and chanson francaise artists will be on offer throughout the festival. A rehearsal shot from Nuits de Fourvière in 2015. Photo: AFP Are you a devoted foodie? If so, head down to the pretty village of Mougins in south of France this month. Each year around a hundred chefs from around the world descend on the historic village to wow the general public with their culinary skills. History lovers, this one's for you. The historic centre of Provins, which has been named a … [Read more...] about What’s on in France: 17 great events not to miss this summer
France is already on high alert for terrorism but the security threat is likely to only increase in the coming years, according to France's leading counter-terrorist prosecutor Francois Molins. Authorities are getting ready to release about 20 radicalised prisoners in 2018 and a further 20 in 2019, Molins said in an interview with BFM TV. And police, intelligence services and authorities need to take action, he said. "There is a major risk of seeing people who are not at all repentant at the end of their sentence come out of prison, who could even be more radical given their stay in prison," he added. "We need to do a lot more talking to ensure that they are properly monitored which requires thorough work between the prison administration, the intelligence services, the prefectures, those working in the judicial system and the prosecutor's office," he said. Currently, more than 1,200 people imprisoned for crimes unrelated … [Read more...] about Why the upcoming release of 40 radicalized inmates presents ‘a major risk’ to France