John Leicester, Associated Press Updated 9:51 am PDT, Tuesday, June 4, 2019 In this photo taken on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, Gerard and Paulette Gondouin show photos at their home in in Fel, France. The couple, teenagers in 1944, were forever scarred by witnessing the destruction unleashed by Canadian, British, American, Polish and French forces that squeezed and bombarded the encircled Germans near Chambois and its surrounding villages, cutting off their routes of escape during World War II. D-Day marked only the beginning of the Allied struggle to wrest Europe from the Nazis. A commemoration Tuesday served as a reminder of this, in the shadow of bigger D-Day 75th anniversary commemorations. less In this photo taken on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, Gerard and Paulette Gondouin show photos at their home in in Fel, France. The couple, teenagers in 1944, were forever scarred by witnessing the destruction ... more Photo: … [Read more...] about South of D-Day beaches, another slaughter is remembered
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Twenty years ago, there were two small dairy farms in my hamlet in Normandy. There were ten farms, big and small, in my commune in the hills 20 miles south of Caen. There are now no farms in my hamlet and only four farms in the commune. One of the remaining farmers will retire this year. His land, mostly rented, will be split up between larger holdings. Much the same pattern can be observed all over France. There are 460,000 French farms in 2019, compared to 750,000 two decades ago. Fine, you may say. Such developments are healthy and inevitable. French farming is adjusting to the economic realities of the modern world. French President Emmanuel Macron at this year's Salon de l'Agriculture. Photo: AFP Is it? Despite the holocaust in farm numbers and a doubling of farm sizes in the last two decades, two out of five French farmers earn less than €4,320 a year. Without their subsidies from Brussels, tens of thousands of … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS: ‘Farming doesn’t feed us’: The story of France’s ailing agriculture
With its 13 regions, departments, and 36,000 town and villages, metropolitan France is often referred to as a territorial mille-feuille, a veritable land of contrasts. This also extends to the living standards of its 67 million inhabitants. Even though France’s high welfare spending helps keep inequality below the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) average, the country’s recent “yellow vest” protests have exposed a deep-seated societal divide. Proof of this growing gap between rich and poor in France is best showcased by official living standards data provided by the country’s statistics body INSEE, which classifies every town, department and region according to its inhabitants’ average household income (wages, pensions, benefits, property income). For extra context, in France and in Europe the poverty line is determined by the living standards of the entire population. A person whose income is below a certain … [Read more...] about Inégalité: Where are the richest and poorest parts of France?
Business | The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Mr. Ghosn, the ousted Nissan executive, wasn’t supposed to succeed in Japan, but he never expected to fail like this. He faces charges of financial wrongdoing at the company he helped save. Credit Credit Kelsey Dake Supported by ByAmy Chozick and Motoko Rich Dec. 30, 2018 Carlos Ghosn was tired. At 64 years old, the chairman of an auto empire that spanned several continents and included Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi wasn’t bouncing back from jet lag the way he used to. Melatonin wasn’t working anymore, and he had bouts of insomnia, phoning his children in the middle of the night or going on long walks around his Tokyo or Paris neighborhood. He planned to retire soon, stepping back from spending his life on an airplane, albeit a luxurious one paid for by Nissan. Last month, just before Thanksgiving weekend, Mr. … [Read more...] about The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn
Of course, there are more beautiful places in France than we could ever squeeze onto one list, but here are few to put on your list for 2019. Take your time now. One of the iconic images of the Normandy region, the white chalk arches at Etretat create some of the most dramatic coastline views you'll find in France. The clear blue waters of Lake Annecy make it a bucket-list favourite. Warmed by thermal springs and sheltered amongst Alpine peaks it's ideal for wild swimming or boating. And the nearby town of Annecy is equally beautiful. Video: Vincent Martinaud/ Youtube 3. Provence's lavender fields, South of France You can find these surreal violet landscapes in the fields around the Provence region from June to August, the "blue gold" is harvested for soaps as well as to make into lavender honey and sorbets. Video: storiesinmotion/ Youtube 4. The Loire valley, central France Spanning 280 kilometres, the valley hugs the Loire river through several departments and is home … [Read more...] about VIDEO: 16 stunning places in France you have to visit in 2019