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The final chapter? COVID spells crisis for Paris' riverside booksellers

02 Oct 2020

PARIS Jangling keys on a long chain, Paris bookseller Jerome Callais opens his green wooden crates mounted on a wall overlooking the Seine, resigned to another slow day's trade in the absence of the tourist crowds he relies on.

Tour de France winds down with socially-distanced finale

20 Sep 2020

PARIS The Tour de France drew to a low-key close on Sunday as riders in the world's greatest cycling race paraded before a sparse Champs Elysees finish-line crowd depleted by social distancing.

Britain says it is working with France on blocking migrant route

11 Aug 2020

DOVER, England/PARIS Britain and France will work "at pace" to finalise a new plan for shutting down a migrant route across the Channel, British immigration minister Chris Philp said on Tuesday.

Serbia's Vucic blames opponents for orchestrating violent protests

11 Jul 2020

BELGRADE/PARIS Protests marred by violence continued on Friday in Belgrade, where thousands rallied against Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic and government policies, including its handling of the coronavirus crisis. | Video

Serbia-Kosovo peace deal is possible, Vucic says

10 Jul 2020

PARIS Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday that efforts by Germany and France to restart talks between his country and Kosovo were already paying off and he was hopeful of a peace deal, although he could not say when.

Masks mandatory at Mickey's when Disneyland Paris reopens

09 Jul 2020

PARIS With masks mandatory and advance booking required, Disneyland Paris will gradually reopen from July 15 after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus crisis.

'Bailing out the Titanic' - French arts struggle amid coronavirus

06 May 2020

PARIS Dancer and choreographer Nicolas Maloufi has not worked since France went into lockdown in mid-March, and his daily yoga sessions in a borrowed Paris apartment are his only form of training.

France's Macron offers bailout for culture workers

06 May 2020

PARIS French president Emmanuel Macron promised guaranteed stipends for out-of-work actors and money for filmmakers whose productions have been cancelled, as part of a bailout for an arts industry shut down by the coronavirus.

France's Macron offers bailout for culture workers

06 May 2020

PARIS French president Emmanuel Macron promised guaranteed stipends for out-of-work actors and money for filmmakers whose productions have been cancelled, as part of a bailout for an arts industry shut down by the coronavirus.

UPDATE 2-France's Macron offers bailout for culture workers

06 May 2020

* Macron extends monthly stipends to August 2021 (Adds quote from dancer, details)

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