France

6:23am

Sat July 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Rescue Workers In France Sift Through Train Wreckage

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 8:04 am

The mangled platform roof and derailed train cars are pictured early Saturday at the site of a train accident at the railway station of Bretigny-sur-Orge, near Paris.
Martin Bureau AFP/Getty Images

A loose rail is believed to have caused a train crash in France that's killed at least six people and injured dozens. Rescue workers on Saturday were still sifting through the twisted wreckage searching for possible survivors.

BBC quotes the state rail company SNCF as saying a metal bar connecting two rails came loose somewhere near the Paris suburb of Bretigny-sur-Orge.

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11:14am

Fri July 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Passenger Train Derails Near Paris, 'Many Casualties' Feared

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:56 pm

One of the cars that derailed Friday at a train station near Paris.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

A passenger train with several hundred people on board "has derailed in the southern Paris suburb of Br├ętigny, with authorities reporting 'many casualties,'" France 24 reports. Officials are still sorting through what French media are calling their country's worst rail accident in 25 years.

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10:28am

Fri July 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Let Women Ride In The Tour De France, Cyclists Say In Petition

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 12:13 pm

A woman takes a picture of a little girl posing in a cyclist cutout at the 2013 Tour de France. A new petition calls for including women in the epic race.
Jeff Pachoud AFP/Getty Images

Calling road cycling "one of the worst offenders" in gender inequity, four elite female athletes have created a petition to ask the sport's hallmark event, the Tour de France, to include women next year. Citing the inclusion of women at the world's top marathons, the petition's authors say, "After a century, it is about time women are allowed to race the Tour de France, too."

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12:59pm

Wed July 10, 2013
The Two-Way

Landmark Paris Mansion Is Damaged By Fire

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 9:06 am

Firemen battle flames at the 17th century Hotel Lambert early Wednesday in Paris.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

Paris' historic Hotel Lambert, once home to the likes of Voltaire and Chopin, was partly damaged by fire early Wednesday.

The BBC reports that the 17th-century structure lost a section of its roof and a central staircase and saw water and smoke damage to celebrated fresco paintings by Charles Le Brun, who also designed the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.

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2:33pm

Mon July 8, 2013
The Salt

France Battles Scourge Of Ready-To-Eat Meals In Restaurants

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 12:47 pm

We're guessing microwavable, premade meals are not an issue in this kitchen, at the three-Michelin-star restaurant L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges near Lyon, France.
Laurent Cipriani AP

France's vaunted culinary culture has been taking it on the chin lately.

First came the news, which we told you about in April, that the majority of France's restaurants are now fast-food joints.

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