Eleanor Beardsley http://krwg.org en Despite Easter 'Truce,' Standoff In Ukraine Appears Steadfast http://krwg.org/post/despite-easter-truce-standoff-ukraine-appears-steadfast In the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the opposing camps seem increasingly entrenched, despite a diplomatic effort to ease tensions. Pro-Russian forces refuse to leave occupied buildings and public squares in the east. It's an uneasy Easter weekend and neither side is willing to budge. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 64398 at http://krwg.org Both Sides Dig In Their Heels Over Crimea Crisis http://krwg.org/post/both-sides-dig-their-heels-over-crimea-crisis Ukraine shares a long history with Russia, but the latest crisis is driving a wedge between the two countries and reinforcing a sense of national identity among many Ukrainians. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:02:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 63479 at http://krwg.org Paris Poised To Elect City Of Light's First Female Mayor http://krwg.org/post/paris-poised-elect-city-lights-first-female-mayor Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Voters in Paris go to the polls Sunday to elect a new mayor. And for the first time in its long history, the city will have a woman at the helm. Despite the historical significance, the race has failed to spark much enthusiasm among voters. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley has more.<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: On a warm spring-ish afternoon, Socialist candidate for mayor Anne Hidalgo is out in Paris' bourgeois 16th Arrondissement to support a public housing project. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 62918 at http://krwg.org A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea http://krwg.org/post/culture-unchecked-abuse-thrives-ukraine-and-crimea <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5GeBpZ5VHY</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 62529 at http://krwg.org A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea As Russia And The West Trade Shots Across The Bow, Kiev Looks On http://krwg.org/post/russia-and-west-trade-shots-across-bow-kiev-looks Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The U.S. and Europe imposed new sanctions on Russian leaders today in response to Russia's takeover of Crimea. The Russians responded with their own sanctions. The country's foreign minister accused Kiev of organizing attacks on Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 62355 at http://krwg.org For Crimea, Split From Ukraine Would Be Complicated And Costly http://krwg.org/post/crimea-split-ukraine-would-be-complicated-and-costly Crimea is a poor region, heavily subsidized by Kiev, and gets all its gas, water and food from Ukraine. Russia doesn't even have a land link with the Crimean peninsula and absorbing it will affect banks, schools, tourism and pensions for residents. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 62306 at http://krwg.org Kiev Mobilizes Thousands Of Troops, Preparing For Worst http://krwg.org/post/kiev-mobilizes-thousands-troops-preparing-worst The Ukrainian parliament has voted to mobilize 40,000 reservists as Kiev tries to beef up its military following the referendum in Crimea. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 62117 at http://krwg.org Crimeans Vote To Leave Ukraine, Join Russia http://krwg.org/post/crimeans-vote-leave-ukraine-join-russia Crimeans voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia. Morning Edition checks in with NPR's Gregory Warner in Simferopol and Eleanor Beardsley in Kiev for the latest. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 62064 at http://krwg.org With All Eyes On The East, A Seige Mentality Settles On Kiev http://krwg.org/post/all-eyes-east-seige-mentality-settles-kiev Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held last-minute talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in London today, but there was no breakthrough. Kerry had been trying to head off the referendum on Crimean secession from Ukraine. That vote is set for Sunday. In a moment, we'll hear more about the situation in Crimea. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 61954 at http://krwg.org Hollande's U.S. Visit To Send Signal To French Entrepreneurs http://krwg.org/post/hollandes-us-visit-send-signal-french-entrepreneurs French President Francois Hollande arrives in the U.S. on Monday. In addition to a stop at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Virginia, Hollande will travel to Silicon Valley. The French president has been seen as anti-business, but he is trying to send a positive signal to French entrepreneurs with his visit to the world's high-tech capital. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:23:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 59630 at http://krwg.org France Takes A Stand, Crushing Ivory Beneath The Eiffel Tower http://krwg.org/post/france-crushes-ivory-beneath-eiffel-tower Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR NEW. I'm Rachel Martin.<p>This past week, France became the first European country to destroy illegal ivory in a high profile public demonstration. It did so underneath the Eiffel Tower as part of a global effort to call attention to the illicit ivory trade. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 59586 at http://krwg.org On Third Anniversary, Tunisians May Get A Constitution http://krwg.org/post/third-anniversary-tunisians-may-get-constitution Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The Arab Spring that brought those changes to Egypt began in Tunisia, exactly three years ago today. Tunisians overthrew their dictator, prompting a wave of uprisings across the region. But three years on, lawmakers are still struggling to ratify a new constitution and lay the foundations of their country's future. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 57798 at http://krwg.org New Constitution Is A Sign Of Tunisia's Optimism http://krwg.org/post/new-constitution-sign-tunisias-optimism Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>On Tuesday, Tunisia will celebrate the third anniversary of its revolution. Tunisia is the country that inspired uprisings across the Arab world. Since then, that country has gone through tough times but it seems to have found its way again. Opposing sides have drafted the new constitution together. It will be ready in a couple days, and new elections are set for this year. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:56:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 57639 at http://krwg.org No Rain On His Parade: Parisian Preserves Art Of Umbrella Repair http://krwg.org/post/no-rain-his-parade-parisian-preserves-art-umbrella-repair When an umbrella breaks, most people just throw it away — and pick up another one, from a street vendor or maybe a drugstore.<p>But what if you got it repaired instead? Would you even be able to find someone who could do the work?<p>In Paris, it's still possible, but just barely. What was once a thriving profession has dwindled dramatically. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 57428 at http://krwg.org No Rain On His Parade: Parisian Preserves Art Of Umbrella Repair In Troubled Magazine World, 'La Hulotte' Is One Rare Bird http://krwg.org/post/troubled-magazine-world-la-hulotte-one-rare-bird The journalism world may be in crisis, but one magazine in France has been steadily gaining subscribers for 40 years. It's a nature journal called <a href="http://lahulotte.fr/index.php">La Hulotte</a>, and twice a year it focuses on an animal or plant indigenous to the French countryside. The magazine published its 100th issue in November. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 08:04:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 56954 at http://krwg.org In Troubled Magazine World, 'La Hulotte' Is One Rare Bird Why French Troops Are Intervening In Africa — Again http://krwg.org/post/once-again-french-troops-intervene-africa Once again, French television screens are full of images of joyous Africans welcoming French troops.<p>In January, the French military intervened in Mali to help liberate large swaths of the country from radical jihadists. Now, for the second time this year, France has sent troops into an African country to quell violence.<p>Last week, French soldiers went into the Central African Republic to stop sectarian killings. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 13:23:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 55918 at http://krwg.org Why French Troops Are Intervening In Africa — Again Royal Gardener Planted The Seed Of Urban Planning At Versailles http://krwg.org/post/royal-gardener-planted-seed-urban-planning-versailles France's Chateau of Versailles has pulled out all the stops for one of its favorite sons, gardener Andre Le Notre, who designed the palace's famous gardens. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:47:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 55517 at http://krwg.org Royal Gardener Planted The Seed Of Urban Planning At Versailles As Inequality Grows, Swiss To Vote On Curbing Executive Pay http://krwg.org/post/european-movement-put-morality-pay-scales-grows Switzerland may be known for watches, wealth and secretive bank accounts, but increasingly people believe that not everyone is reaping their share of the country's economic well-being.<p>So on Sunday, the Swiss will vote on a referendum that would limit a CEO's pay to 12 times that of the company's lowest-paid worker.<p>The youth wing of the Social Democratic Party collected the 100,000 signatures necessary to turn the measure, known as the 1:12 initiative, into a national referendum.<p>David Roth, head of the party's youth wing, says that 25 years ago Swiss CEOs made six times more than the a Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:33:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 54426 at http://krwg.org As Inequality Grows, Swiss To Vote On Curbing Executive Pay In France, Some Ask If Racism Is On The Rise http://krwg.org/post/france-some-ask-if-racism-rise For the past week or so, France has been deep in debate, wondering if there's a resurgence of an old colonial racism, or if people have just become more tolerant of bigots.<p>The questions stem from a series of race-based taunts against Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who is black. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:58:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 53941 at http://krwg.org In France, Some Ask If Racism Is On The Rise Will The French Really Pay More for 'Made in France'? http://krwg.org/post/will-french-really-pay-more-made-france The French economy suffers from many ailments: weak growth, high unemployment, poor competitiveness and a general sense of economic gloom. And every proposed government remedy seems to be met by protests from one corner or another.<p>Yet no one seems to be arguing with a little injection of economic patriotism.<p>For the past three days, the Made in France fair has enjoyed huge crowds at a giant convention hall in Paris. There's a bit of everything, from cars to clothing to food to toys. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 53662 at http://krwg.org Will The French Really Pay More for 'Made in France'? France Rethinks The Sanctity Of Its Day Of Rest http://krwg.org/post/france-rethinks-sanctity-its-day-rest There's a fight going on for the soul of France. Since 1906, Sunday has been deemed a collective day of rest in the country, and French law only allows stores to open on Sundays under very specific conditions — for example, if they're in a high tourist area. Sunday work is also tightly controlled.<p>But some people are questioning the sense of such a tradition in a languishing economy and 24/7 world.<p>A giant banner stretched across the opening of home improvement store Bricorama reads: "Open Monday through Saturday. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:12:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 53533 at http://krwg.org France Rethinks The Sanctity Of Its Day Of Rest Camus' Stance On Algeria Still Stokes Debate In France http://krwg.org/post/his-100th-birthday-camus-algerian-ties-still-controversial A hundred years after his birth, French writer-philosopher Albert Camus is perhaps best-remembered for novels like <em>The Stranger</em> and <em>The Plague, </em>and for his philosophy of absurdism.<p>But it's another aspect of his intellectual body of work that's under scrutiny as France marks the Camus centennial: his views about his native Algeria.<p>Camus was born on Nov. 7, 1913, to a poor family that had settled generations earlier in French Algeria. His father died a year after his birth, and Camus' illiterate and deaf mother, who worked as a cleaning lady, raised him. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 53374 at http://krwg.org Camus' Stance On Algeria Still Stokes Debate In France Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay http://krwg.org/post/little-libraires-could-french-law-keeps-amazon-bay Last year, the U.S. government took Apple to court, charging that the company illegally drove up the price of e-books. This summer, Apple lost the case.<p>In France, just the opposite is happening. The French government has accused Amazon of trying to push the price of physical books too low.<p>Limiting discounts on books is one of the ways that France is trying to ensure the survival of its independent booksellers.<p>Jean-Paul Collet opened his bookstore, La Boucherie, 17 years ago in a historic neighborhood on Paris' Left Bank. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:05:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 52570 at http://krwg.org Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay U.S. Default Would Have Adverse Effect On Europe's Recovery http://krwg.org/post/view-europe The possibility of an American default on its debt is huge news across the continent. Europe is barely emerging from its own debt crisis. Europe's recovery rests on demand for its exports and the U.S. is by far the European Union's largest export market. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:11:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 51922 at http://krwg.org Readers Lament 'International Herald Tribune' Name Change http://krwg.org/post/readers-lament-international-herald-tribune-name-change Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The International Herald Tribune is about to change its name. In these difficult days for print journalism, fans of the Paris-based English newspaper are grateful that it's still being published. But the change is prompting a good bit of nostalgia.<p>NPR's Eleanor Beardsley in Paris explains why.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FOOTSTEPS)<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: The sliding glass doors at the International Herald Tribune's Paris office are already emblazoned with the newspaper's new title: The International New York Times. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:21:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 51773 at http://krwg.org Got Baguettes? Bakers' Lobby Tells France To Eat More Bread http://krwg.org/post/got-baguettes-bakers-lobby-tells-france-eat-more-bread <strong></strong> The French, it seems, aren't eating bread the way they used to. The average French person consumes just half a baguette a day, down from a full baguette 40 years ago.<p>Those statistics worry the French bakers' lobby, the <a href="http://www.observatoiredupain.fr/">Observatoire du Pain.</a><p>Bernard Vallius, who heads the group, says it used to be that people ate a sit-down lunch and dinner with family or friends every day. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:35:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 50287 at http://krwg.org Got Baguettes? Bakers' Lobby Tells France To Eat More Bread France Moves To Ban Kids Under 16 From Beauty Pageants http://krwg.org/post/france-moves-ban-kids-under-16-beauty-pageants Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The French Senate voted to ban beauty pageants for children under 16. The measure is part of a larger bill on women's rights.<p>NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports that lawmakers see this move as a way to protect the young from being sexualized.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF A DOCUMENT)<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (French spoken)<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: Several documentaries about child beauty pageants in America have shocked the French in recent years. The phenomenon is largely viewed as a sordid offshoot of American culture. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:59:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 50030 at http://krwg.org In France's Camargue, Bulls Are A Passion And A Way Of Life http://krwg.org/post/frances-camargue-bulls-are-passion-and-way-life Amid streaks of lightning and startling thunder claps on a recent day, I head out into the middle of the marshy wetlands known as the Camargue. I'm with a group of tourists, piled on hay bales in the back of a flatbed trailer pulled by a massive tractor.<p>The delta in southern France where two branches of the Rhone River meet the sea, the Camargue is the biggest Mediterranean delta after the Nile. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 21:47:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 49725 at http://krwg.org In France's Camargue, Bulls Are A Passion And A Way Of Life New Computer School Makes French Students Teach Themselves http://krwg.org/post/new-computer-school-upends-french-education-model A new computer school in Paris has been overwhelmed by some 60,000 applicants.<p>The school, called 42, was founded by a telecom magnate who says the French education system is failing young people. His aim is to reduce France's shortage in computer programmers while giving those who've fallen by the wayside a new chance.<p>In the hallways of 42, suitcases and sleeping bags are piled, and people are stretched out on mattresses in some of the corners. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 49696 at http://krwg.org New Computer School Makes French Students Teach Themselves Paris Has Been A Haven For African Americans Escaping Racism http://krwg.org/post/paris-has-been-haven-african-americans-escaping-racism The City Of Lights became known as a beacon of freedom and tolerance for African Americans. Paris is rich in black history — especially from black Americans who have flocked there since the 19th century. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 08:53:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 48751 at http://krwg.org