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7:00am

Fri September 27, 2013
World

Jewels Found In Alps May Be From Decades-Old Plane Crash

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 8:58 am

What treasures lie buried here? Three climbers traversed part of the Mont Blanc massif earlier this month.
Jean-Pierre Clatot AFP/Getty Images

A French mountain climber came upon an unexpected treasure earlier this month near Mont Blanc in the French Alps, The Guardian writes.

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1:35am

Mon September 23, 2013
The Salt

Got Baguettes? Bakers' Lobby Tells France To Eat More Bread

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 9:32 am

Baguettes head into a giant oven at Le Grenier a Pain Bakery.
Eleanor Beardsley NPR

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.

Those statistics worry the French bakers' lobby, the Observatoire du Pain.

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. Now people — especially the young and those who live in cities — eat sandwiches or skip lunch altogether and snack, he says.

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3:47pm

Sat September 14, 2013
World

In France's Camargue, Bulls Are A Passion And A Way Of Life

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 6:00 pm

The black, long-horned Camargue bull is just one of two breeds of fighting bulls in Europe. The bulls are shown here at the Roman arena in Arles, southern France.
Eleanor Beardsley NPR

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.

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. The stunning ecosystem is home to pink flamingos, rice paddies and salt, which has been harvested here since the Middle Ages.

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5:00am

Sat September 14, 2013
Technology

New Computer School Makes French Students Teach Themselves

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 11:25 am

Xavier Niel, the French Internet billionaire and founder of the Internet provider Free, reacts after delivering his speech in January 2012. Niel has founded a new computer school in Paris named 42.
Jacques Brinon AP

A new computer school in Paris has been overwhelmed by some 60,000 applicants.

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.

In the hallways of 42, suitcases and sleeping bags are piled, and people are stretched out on mattresses in some of the corners. There are showers and dozens of colorful bath towels.

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7:14am

Sun September 8, 2013
World

France Leads Europe In Hunting, Newspaper Says

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 8:46 am

Hunters gather prior to a wild boar hunt in Pietrosella, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, in August.
Pascal Pochard Casabianca AFP/Getty Images

French sports fans are known for their love of soccer. But according to Le Figaro, the country's "second sport" is hunting. The newspaper cites the National Federation of Hunters, which says that among all European countries, France has the most hunters.

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