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Didier Deschamps: The biggest victories can lead to the greatest foolishness

Having led France to World Cup glory and won Fifas coach of the year award, Didier Deschamps is at the pinnacle of his trade. But the big challenge will be staying there, he tells Amy Lawrence The crescendo for a team that finds itself growing as it hurdles the different stages of a tournament usually hits a high note at which everything suddenly seems incandescent with possibility. For France at the World Cup that came 57 minutes into the group he would take to Russia. The biggest decision I made…

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I Went To Paris To Show That It Is Not All About The Eiffel Tower And Fancy Shops

I’m David Tesinsky from Prague and I’m an independent photographer of the subcultures, urban cultures, street stories and people’s stories in general AKA reportage/social documentary photography. I’ve made this series about “different” perspective of this city when you point your eyes up from Eiffel tower down to the ground to show that this city is not just a fake romance.

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Protesters damage ‘sexist’ open-air urinals in Paris

Uritrottoirs seen as discriminatory in city that still frowns on public breastfeeding Feminist protesters have begun vandalising the new urinals in Paris, labelling them sexist and discriminatory. Several of the eco-friendly urinals have been placed in public spots in recent months as an experiment to counter Pariss problem of urine-soaked pavements. But protesters in recent days targeted two on the le Saint-Louis and near Gare de Lyon station plastering them with stained sanitary towels and tampons, then blocking them with concrete. Notes left behind attacked Paris authorities for encouraging men…

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Banksy Just Blitzed Paris With At Least 10 New Pieces

Banksy has just blitzed Paris with a series of new, politically charged works that highlight current issues in France such as migration and the hijab ban along with his usual criticisms of commercialism and income inequality. He also acknowledged the 50 year anniversary since the ‘May 68‘ uprising in France which he claims was the birthplace of modern stencil art. The recent works mark the first time the street artist has created murals in Paris and the locations of some of the pieces are symbolic as well. According to The…

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Shoah director Claude Lanzmann dies aged 92

Giant of French intellectual life known for his heavyweight journalism and series of documentaries about the Holocaust Claude Lanzmann, the French film-maker and journalist who was best known for the exhaustive Holocaust documentary Shoah, has died aged 92. Lanzmanns family He embarked on a passionate relationship with de Beauvoir, 18 years his senior, and they lived together from 1952 to 1959. In 1986, Lanzmann became chief editor of Les Temps Modernes on de Beauvoirs death and remained in the post for the rest of his life. As a journalist, Lanzmann…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil and Croatia lead the way

At the end of the group stage we rank the 32 teams at the World Cup in Russia, with Brazil top, England in 10th and Panama last 1) Brazil It is hard to shake the feeling that Brazil are the best-balanced side at this World Cup. win over Serbia and they look capable of raising things further. thumping win over Argentina. A meeting with Spain in the last eight looks likely and Zlatko Dalics side cannot be ruled out of doing something special. 3) Belgium Whether or not they really…

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How to Launch an Acclaimed Winery for $8 Million or Less

Even by Napa Valley’s astronomical real estate standards, the sale of Heitz Wine Cellars for a reported $180 million raised eyebrows. It’s the new normal there, though: In response, some wineries have determined that it makes fiscal sense to find a less-expensive neighborhood. Jackson Family Wines, maker of Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay (the top selling chardonnay in the country), purchased its first vineyard in southern Oregon’s Willamette Valley in 2013. Today, the company owns and operates four wineries on more than 1,300 acres in the area, Oregon wines were served at the White House state dinner…

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Donald Trump praises Syria strikes and declares: ‘Mission accomplished’

US president thanks London and Paris for their wisdom and power while Russia loses UN vote to condemn airstrikes Donald Trump hailed the strikes carried out against Syria by the US, UK and France as perfectly executed on Saturday, adding: Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished! The US president thanked London and Paris for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military in joining Washington in launching more than 100 missiles on Friday night against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Trump added: So…

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U.S., France, U.K. Launch Strikes on Syria After Chemical Attack

Missile strikes targeted chemical weapons facilities in Syria Trump condemns Russia and Iran for supporting Syria’s Assad statement posted on Twitter. “We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.” Syria said its air defenses were “confronting the U.S.-French-British aggression,” according to the state-run SANA news agency. Syria’s Observatory for Human Rights, a group monitoring the conflict, reported that the strikes targeted several military bases, Republican Guards locations and the Scientific Studies Research Center. "Based on recent experience, we fully expect a significant disinformation campaign over the coming…

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Merkel Vows Full Probe After Van Crashed in Crowd in Muenster

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised a full investigation after a man killed two people by driving a van into a street cafe in the western city of Muenster, then fatally shot himself on the scene. About 20 people were injured in the incident on Saturday afternoon, which recalled recent terrorist attacks using vehicles, including one on a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016 that killed 12 people. The driver was a German national and there are "no indications" he had extremist Islamic ties, Herbert Reul, the interior minister of the…

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France wants to become an artificial intelligence hub

Emmanuel Macron and his government are launching a big initiative around artificial intelligence today. They want to turn France into one of the leading countries when it comes to artificial intelligence. “[Artificial intelligence] is a technological, economical, social and obviously ethical revolution,” Macron said in a speech. “This revolution won’t happen in 50 or 60 years, it’s happening right now. There are new opportunities and we can choose to follow some innovations or not.” Some of the best mathematics and engineering schools are in France, and some of the best…

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French rail staff stage ‘Black Tuesday’ protests against overhaul

National and international services hit on first day of rolling walkouts over Macron proposals French rail workers have launched three months of rolling train strikes in what threatens to become the largest and most chaotic industrial action against Emmanuel Macrons drive to overhaul state transport and liberalise the economy. Called Black Tuesday in the media, the opening day of train strikes was expected to cause disruption for Frances 4.5 million rail passengers around 33% of all train staff and more than 75% of drivers walked out. Only one regional train…

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Emmanuel Macron Talks to WIRED About France’s AI Strategy

On Thursday, Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, gave a speech laying out a new national strategy for artificial intelligence in his country. The French government will spend €1.5 billion ($1.85 billion) over five years to support research in the field, encourage startups, and collect data that can be used, and shared, by engineers. The goal is to start catching up to the US and China and to make sure the smartest minds in AI—hello Yann LeCun—choose Paris over Palo Alto. Directly after his talk, he gave an exclusive and…

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Steve Bannon tells French far-right ‘history is on our side’

Former Trump adviser addresses Front National as Marine Le Pen attempts to relaunch her party Donald Trumps former adviser Steve Bannon has told Frances far-right Front National that, history is on our side and will bring us victory in an address to the partys conference. Announced as a surprise speaker at the event, Bannon said: You are part of a movement that is bigger than that in Italy, bigger than in Poland, bigger than in Hungary. As Bannon entered the hall to cheers and applause, the US flag was unfurled…

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