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An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2010-09-13

France says goodbye to cinema icon

Famous French director Claude Chabrol has died at the age of 80. The filmmaker was a founder of the New Wave movement and known for his love of life and food.

The French filmmaker is making headlines across the country. Chabrol dedicated his life to cimema, making some 70 films during his over 50 year career, his first in 1958. His films exposed a hidden cruelty and hypocrisy of bourgeois life.

The headline of LIBERATION reads: “Quand la bête meurt"…when the beast dies
It’s a play on word of a title of his 1969 film "Que la bête meure"…the beast should die.

The paper dedicated 7 pages to Chabrol, focusing on his funny side. The filmmaker loved to make jokes, as you can see right here in this photo montage. How to pick your nose 15 different ways?

And the paper has put together some quotes from Chabrol about his outlook on life: “You can be serious without being serious. Choose to take everything with a bit of fun and look at it from a distance.”

“Working well and eating way, for me that's the same thing”

Charol loved to eat as well. Something the article in AUJOURD’HUI EN FRANCE or LE PARISIEN doesn’t fail to point out. “Something always happened at dinner,” is the headline. Again, it focuses on one of Chabrol’s passions, food, and is set up like a lunch with the cineaste. My favourite part: the Fraise Melba or strawberry melba with whipped cream for dessert.

And I’m going to focus on another headline of the Parisien: “the reasons to believe in university.” It’s the “rentrée” and 1.4 million students will be attending French universities this year….that’s an increase of 1.6 percent from last year. One of the main reasons is that the university is taking care of its students better. That doesn’t mean the canteen food has gotten any better, but you are prouder to attend a university these days, because it’s creating an identity. It’s similar to the US, with graduation ceremonies, etc.

Other reasons are the year is getting longer. That means new comers have the time to integrate. Because classes don’t start right away, it’s all about getting ready to go to class…and yes, there’s a class for that.

School is getting more high tech. We are talking WiFi and podcasts. That also means being able to get a better look at things on your computer screen. Say a human cell that you get in 3D and can admire from all sides. And, very important: universities are opening shops! This again goes with school spirit, so people can sport their school logo on T-shirts and sweatshirts.

Moving on to Russia with this article in LIBERATION. Hard title to translate here, “La Russie rebâtit à toute vapeur.” It means Russia is rebuilding and “vapeur” means “steam,” a play on words because of the recent fires when much of Russia went up in smoke.

The country is rebuilding quickly, just as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had promised.
And since it’s still unclear if he will run in 2012 election, that’s an important issue for him.
The problem is how they’re building. The grounds are not prepared, the structures not very sturdy. The idea is to get the job done quickly and not how long it will last.

And we’re finishing on a lighter note: It’s a world premiere. In Toulouse in southern France, there have come up with a way to find a parking spot.  According to authorities, 60 percent of pollution is creating by drivers trying to find a place to leave their car. To avoid that, there is now a kind of GPS that sends a signal telling you what spaces are open.

By Carla WESTERHEIDE

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