Middle East Matters
MIDDLE EAST MATTERS
Syria: Former hostages recount 10-month ordealThis week, the four French journalists released after ten months in Syria describe the men who held them captive. Next, there's hope for unity in the Palestinian territories a...
In pictures: French kite festival takes flightTens of thousands of people visited the northern French resort town of Berck-sur-Mer to attend the 28th International Kite Meeting which runs from the 12th and 21st of April.
FRANCE - TOURISM
Paris hotel that hosted Holocaust survivors shuts for renovationOne of Paris’s legendary luxury hotels, the 104-year-old Lutetia, is to close for three years of renovation, following in the footsteps of other institutions like the Ritz, the Cri...
The Bilbao effect: If you build it, will they come?If you build it, will they come? The city of Bilbao in the north of Spain launched a massive urban regeneration project in the 1990s. The centrepiece was the opening of the city...
Video: The Eiffel Tower turns 125It was only supposed to stand for 20 years but on Monday 31 March the most famous Paris landmark, the Eiffel Tower, celebrates its 125th birthday.
‘F*** tourism’ tagged on entrance to Sacré-Coeur in ParisThe Sacré-Coeur, a 19th century basilica perched atop Montmartre in Paris, was discovered to have been vandalised on Wednesday morning, its doors tagged in red paint with the words...
Sinai-based Islamist group warns tourists to leave EgyptA militant Islamist group has told tourists to leave Egypt and threatened to attack those who remain in the country after February 20, warning that a deadly weekend attack on a tou...
Markets slammed with sell-off over global economy concernsMarkets across Asia plunged this Tuesday as a mass sell-off of shares spilled over from Wall Street. Investors continue to be concerned about the state of the world’s two largest e...
VIDEO: A secret sex tour of ParisFor the third year running, the city of Paris is offering a special guided tour of the French capital’s naughty history, spanning 300 years of romps and excess and visiting such si...
FRANCE - CHINA
Beijing in No Hurry to Ease Visa RestrictionsFrance was the first Western power to officially recognize the People's Republic of China, in 1964. Fifty years later, Paris is marking the occasion by easing visa restriction...
In The Papers
IN THE WORLD PAPERS
The battle for KievINTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thurs. 23.01.14: Papers focus on unrest in Kiev, Syrian peace talks, a possible retrial in the US 70 years later and the ultimate tourist trap.
London tops Paris as world’s most visited city – or does it?Strong growth in visitor numbers to London last year may threaten the French capital’s proud title as the world’s number-one tourist destination – a claim some say is politically m...