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‘Carlos the Jackal’ goes back to court, could be freed

Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the convicted killer known to the world as Carlos the Jackal, returns to court on Monday in a bid to overturn his conviction for masterminding a deadly series of bombings on French soil. Now 63, the Venezuelan was already serving a life sentence for murder when he…

Letter sent by Alfred Dreyfus after false conviction for treason set for auction in Paris

A letter written in prison by Alfred Dreyfus, the Jewish army captain whose dismissal more than a century ago on trumped-up charges of spying triggered a protracted national crisis in France, is to be sold at auction in Paris. Written to the interior ministry in 1895, a month after he…

Paris women allowed to wear pants after two hundred year-old ban is lifted

An archaic by-law banning Parisian women from wearing trousers has finally been repealed 214 years after it was originally introduced. The November 1799 decree stipulated that any woman wishing to wear men’s clothing in the French capital had to seek official permission from the city authorities. It was amended two…

Cult cartoonist Crumb gets museum honors

His LSD-inspired heroes, rampant sex and frontal assaults on political correctness made comic artist Robert Crumb an icon of US counter-culture, but why on earth, he wonders, put his work on show in a museum? Crumb’s cult universe, from hippy-era characters like “Fritz the Cat” to his cartoon take on the Bible,…

Photo show captures Bob Dylan as young rock star

Rare photographs of Bob Dylan, shot over a year-long period in the mid-1960s, go on show in Paris next week in an exhibition that captures the moment the protest folk singer morphed into cult rock star. From 1961 to 1966, Dylan wrote seven albums that marked the history of pop,…

‘Human Zoos’ go on show in Paris

The story of men, women and children plucked from their homes in the West’s colonies and exhibited like zoo animals is the focus of a major show that opened on Monday at Paris’ tribal arts museum. “Exhibitions: the invention of the savage”, at the Quai Branly museum, shows how up…

Air France jet crashed nose-up after four-minute fight to stay aloft

PARIS (Reuters) – Pilots wrestled with the controls of an Air France airliner for more than four minutes before it plunged into the Atlantic with its nose up, killing all 228 people on board, French investigators said on Friday. The 2009 emergency began with a stall warning two and a…

Clinton: US seeks dialogue with Bahrain

PARIS (Reuters) – The United States is pressing Bahrain’s leaders to make good on offers of dialogue with anti-government protesters, although it recognizes the tiny state’s right to call in security help from its Gulf neighbors, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. “We have made clear that security alone cannot…

Air pollution could reduce life by two years: EU

PARIS – Curbing air pollution in major European cities could save 19,000 lives per year, add almost two years to local life expectancy and save 31.5 billion euros (43.4 billion dollars) in health costs and work absenteeism, an EU-funded study said on Wednesday. The nearly three-year probe, called Aphekom, looked…

Ruminations on a week and a half in Europe

Having been gone from the blog while experiencing a bunch of crazy shit for the past week and a half, I figured I’d indulge myself by sharing some observations with you, categorized by The Great Themes Of Human Existence. At least, as I see them. Death Thanks to the folks…

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