Eleanor Beardsley http://wkms.org en Crimeans Vote To Leave Ukraine, Join Russia http://wkms.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 09:07:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 39288 at http://wkms.org On Third Anniversary, Tunisians May Get A Constitution http://wkms.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 21:48:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 38029 at http://wkms.org Nativity Scenes Liven Centuries-Old French Village http://wkms.org/post/nativity-scenes-liven-centuries-old-french-village Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The medieval village of Flavigny, France has livened up its winter streets with nativity scenes, 85 of them exhibited in windows of houses throughout the town. This centuries-old village has been doing this for five years now and it's bringing in crowds of tourists.<p>NPR's Eleanor Beardsley was one of them and she sent us this Christmas postcard.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: With a population of around 240 in the wintertime, the cobbled streets of Flavigny can seem austere and empty this time of year. Not anymore. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 37603 at http://wkms.org Royal Gardener Planted The Seed Of Urban Planning At Versailles http://wkms.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 37206 at http://wkms.org Royal Gardener Planted The Seed Of Urban Planning At Versailles In France, Some Ask If Racism Is On The Rise http://wkms.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 07:57:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 36588 at http://wkms.org In France, Some Ask If Racism Is On The Rise France Rethinks The Sanctity Of Its Day Of Rest http://wkms.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 21:36:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 36417 at http://wkms.org France Rethinks The Sanctity Of Its Day Of Rest Camus' Stance On Algeria Still Stokes Debate In France http://wkms.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 36360 at http://wkms.org Camus' Stance On Algeria Still Stokes Debate In France Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay http://wkms.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 20:09:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 36043 at http://wkms.org Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay Readers Lament 'International Herald Tribune' Name Change http://wkms.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 35677 at http://wkms.org In France's Camargue, Bulls Are A Passion And A Way Of Life http://wkms.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 21:37:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 34887 at http://wkms.org In France's Camargue, Bulls Are A Passion And A Way Of Life