France http://www.kunc.org en Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country http://www.kunc.org/post/ham-theres-festival-french-basque-country In Bayonne, they take their ham very, very seriously.<p>This medieval fortress of a town is minutes from the French seaside ports of Barritz and St. Jean de Luz, and not far from Spain's St. Sebastian. It has reigned as a cultural and commercial center for a millennium, according to historian <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Basque-History-World-Nation/dp/0140298517">Mark Kurlansky</a> in<em> The Basque History of the World</em>.<p>Its most famous item since the Middle Ages? The <a href="http://www.jambon-de-bayonne.com/en/origine-qualite/histoire/">jambon de Bayonne</a>. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Cathy Barrow 55553 at http://www.kunc.org Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country Fighting For Rwanda's Justice In France http://www.kunc.org/post/fighting-rwandas-justice-france For more than a decade, Dafroza Gauthier and her husband, Alain, have hunted perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. More than 800,000 people were killed in the genocide, most of them members of the Tutsi ethnic group.<p>Earlier this month, the couple gave testimony against former Rwandan intelligence chief Pascal Simbikangwa in Paris. On March 14, Simbikangwa was sentenced to 25 years in prison for complicity in genocide and crimes against humanity. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 22:29:00 +0000 NPR Staff 55238 at http://www.kunc.org Fighting For Rwanda's Justice In France Save The Escargot! Snail-Devouring Predator Rears Its Head In France http://www.kunc.org/post/save-escargot-snail-devouring-predator-rears-its-head-france Oh, no, not the escargot!<p>A vicious little worm with an appetite for snails has made its European debut. And that has some scientists worried about the future of France's famed mollusk appetizer.<p>The New Guinea flatworm (<em>Platydemus manokwari)</em> is the lone worm on the Global Invasive Species Database's list of 100 of the<a href="http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=133&fr=1&sts=sss&lang=EN"> world's most dangerous invaders</a>. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:21:00 +0000 54587 at http://www.kunc.org Save The Escargot! Snail-Devouring Predator Rears Its Head In France Paris Confidential: The Mystery Mousse Behind The Chocolate Bar http://www.kunc.org/post/paris-confidential-mystery-mousse-behind-chocolate-bar Gather round, everyone: Dorie Greenspan has quite a story to tell. It's a tale of intrigue, sweets and — just in time for Valentine's Day — the city of love.<p>Greenspan is the author of <em>Around My French Table,</em> and she's lived part time in Paris for 16 years, becoming familiar with how the French live and eat at home. And she spent a good deal of that time learning the arcane ways of her French hostesses, often by trial and error. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:58:00 +0000 54052 at http://www.kunc.org Paris Confidential: The Mystery Mousse Behind The Chocolate Bar No Rain On His Parade: Parisian Preserves Art Of Umbrella Repair http://www.kunc.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 12:32:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 53356 at http://www.kunc.org No Rain On His Parade: Parisian Preserves Art Of Umbrella Repair