Eleanor Beardsley http://wshu.org en Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel http://wshu.org/post/despite-mideast-turmoil-more-french-jews-are-moving-israel Jews are leaving France and moving to Israel in unprecedented numbers this year.<p>With the departures expected to surpass 5,000, France could pull ahead of the U.S. for Jewish emigration to Israel, known as <em>aliya</em>. Usually, making <em>aliya</em> is a cause for celebration. But in France this year, it's tinged with bitterness.<p>The country, which has Western Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish populations, is experiencing repercussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 21160 at http://wshu.org Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://wshu.org/post/year-avignon-festival-stage-both-plays-and-protest Every July, for one month a year, the southern French city of Avignon becomes a theater. Actors, directors and playwrights converge on the walled, medieval town, where thespians perform in every playhouse, opera house, church and even in the streets. It's all part of the Avignon Theater Festival, which was started in 1947 by renowned French actor and director Jean Vilar.<p>"The main idea is that culture is not only for rich people but for everybody," says dramatist Olivier Py, director of this year's 68th Avignon Festival. "That was quite a change. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 21016 at http://wshu.org This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy http://wshu.org/post/scratch-or-not-french-restaurant-law-stirs-controversy If you go to France this summer, you might notice a new logo in restaurant windows or on menus. It's a simple graphic of a rooftop covering a saucepan, and it's supposed to designate <em>fait maison</em>, or homemade. It's designed to highlight places that make their own dishes rather than bringing in frozen or <a href="http://modernistcuisine.com/2013/01/why-cook-sous-vide/">sous vide</a> — prepared meals cooked in a water bath, sealed in airtight plastic bags and designed to be heated up later.<p>I know, you're thinking, French restaurants don't cook their own food? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:54:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 20990 at http://wshu.org From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI http://wshu.org/post/cleaner-tour-de-france-kicks-nod-wwi Last year, the Tour de France celebrated its 100th anniversary with a spectacular sound and light show at the Arc de Triomphe during the closing ceremony.<p>It might be hard to duplicate that kind of enthusiasm at this year's Tour, which begins Saturday, especially with competition from the World Cup in Brazil. But the 2014 Tour will be special too, says Matthieu Barberousse, a journalist with <em>L'Equipe</em> sports newspaper.<p>"Tour de France is always a kind of combination between tradition and modernity," Barberousse says. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:36:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 20173 at http://wshu.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders http://wshu.org/post/paris-training-wheels-littlest-riders A bike rental scheme in Paris that began seven years ago has been such a success, the city has launched a version for children. Parents can now rent bikes for tots up to 8 years old at locations across the city.<p>Officials say the program won't cost Paris a cent and might help build a new generation of environmentally conscious citizens — or perhaps inspire a few future Tour de France champions.<p>The original, adult enterprise is named Velib, which stands for <em>velo </em>— or bicycle — <em>Liberte. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:13:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 19846 at http://wshu.org In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders