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You Gotta See the Before Pic to Really Appreciate This Mural

Artwork by CitéCréation At 40 Boulevard des Canuts in Lyon, France you will find this incredible trompe-l’Å“il mural by the French artist collective, CitéCréation. First completed in 1987, the monumental work has been updated several times since. However, to truly appreciate the impact and difference the mural has made you must see what the wall looked like before the artists gave it, its dramatic face lift. Trompe-l’Å“il (French for “deceive the eye”) is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist…

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Dyslexia: scientists claim cause of condition may lie in the eyes

In people with the condition, light receptor cells are arranged in matching patterns in both eyes, which may confuse the brain French scientists claim they may have found a physiological, and seemingly treatable, cause for dyslexia hidden in tiny light-receptor cells in the human eye. In people with the condition, the cells were arranged in matching patterns in both eyes, which may be to blame for confusing the brain by producing mirror images, the co-authors wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. In non-dyslexic people, the cells…

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French farmers demand action against wolves killing livestock

Protesters gather 3,000 sheep, 100 cattle and a few horses in field to represent number of animals killed by wolves in recent months Hundreds of farmers, shepherds and politicians rallied in Aveyron, southern France, on Saturday calling for action to halt the slaughter of livestock by packs of wolves. The demonstrators gathered more than 3,000 sheep, about a hundred cattle and a few horses in a field to represent the number of animals killed by wolves in France in recent months. They tell us that 80% of French are in…

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France: wildfires burn close to tourist towns in Corsica and Cte d’Azur

The blazes have devoured around 4,000 hectares of land in the middle of the holiday season France has asked for Europes help in fighting wildfires that have consumed swaths of forest close to the popular resort of Saint-Tropez and on the island of Corsica. Over 4,000 firefighters and troops backed by 19 water bombers have been mobilised to extinguish the blazes. At least seven firefighters have been injured and 15 police officers affected by smoke inhalation since the fires broke out on Monday, according to the authorities. The blazes have…

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Julie Bishop hits back at Trump over Brigitte Macron remark but says refugee deal intact

Australias foreign affairs minister says she would be taken aback if US president made comment to her The foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, has assured voters that the refugee swap agreement between Australia and the United States is still intact, Australia struck its one-off refugee swap deal with the former US president Barack Obama last year to provide refuge to up to 1,250 asylum seekers but it ran into trouble earlier this year Brigitte Macron, the wife of the French president, when he was standing with her in the marbled…

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‘You’re in such good shape’: Trump criticised for ‘creepy’ comment to Brigitte Macron

Critics on social media said the comment, made during the US presidents first state visit to France, was gross and inappropriate Donald Trump has been accused of sexism after he praised Brigitte Macron, the wife of the French president, for being in such good shape. The US president made the comment #Trump and men have power over our bodies. 3/ https://t.co/O2oQ2cpLNK attacked MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski on Twitter, calling her low I.Q. Crazy Mika and saying she was bleeding badly from a facelift at a gathering at his Florida resort…

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Alain Senderens, chef and Nouvelle Cuisine creator, dies aged 77

Senderens, along with Paul Bocuse and others, was a stalwart of the French culinary movement in the 1960s and 1970s Leading French chef Alain Senderens, one of the founders of the Nouvelle Cuisine movement, has died aged 77, food critic Gilles Pudlowski said. He was one of the last great creators of Paris. This creator was a visionary, he said of Senderens, who along with Paul Bocuse, Michel Guerard and others was a stalwart of Frances Nouvelle Cuisine in the 1960s and 1970s. We will never forget you dear Alain.…

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Relatives charged over murder mystery that has gripped France for three decades

Four-year-old Gregory Villemin was found drowned with his hands and feet bound in the Vologne river in 1984 The great aunt and uncle of a four-year-old boy murdered 32 years ago in France have been charged with his kidnapping, raising hopes that a case that has gripped the country could finally be solved. Gregory Villemin was found drowned with his hands and feet bound in the Vologne river in the Vosges mountains of eastern France on 16 October 1984. The case of Little Gregory is one of Frances most high-profile…

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Sacr beurre: fears over croissant price hike as France faces butter shortage

Price of butter has rocketed 92% in a year and bakers are warning of a strong risk that the key ingredient is running out Bakers in France have warned that a vertiginous rise in the price of butter was slashing their profit margins and threatening an entire industry. The price of butter, which makes up a quarter of the ingredients of many French pastries, rocketed 92% in the year to May, according to Fabien Castanier, the general secretary of the federation of French biscuit and cakemakers. The rise was putting…

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Nice Attack: Has a Bisexual Muslim Hustler Put France on the Path to Civil War?

PARIS What French investigators found on the phones of the Muslim murderer who slaughtered 84 people on the promenade along the sea in Nice, France, on Thursday night should not be surprising. But it was. The cops were looking for imams. What they found were johns. It turns out Mohamed Mondher Larouaeij Bouhlel was a hustler, as one senior member of the French security establishment told The Daily Beast. He was inclined to have sex with any gender, and, according to a report in Le Parisien, which has strong law…

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UN panel releases draft treaty banning possession and use of nuclear weapons

States would have to destroy any nuclear weapons they have and would be forbidden from transferring them A draft treaty banning the possession and use of all nuclear weapons. The draft treaty is the culmination of a sustained campaign, supported by more than 130 non-nuclear states frustrated with the sclerotic pace of disarmament, to prohibit nuclear weapons and persuade nuclear-armed states to disarm. Nine countries are known or believed to possess nuclear weapons: the US, UK, Russia, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel. None has supported the draft…

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Emmanuel Macron races to train would-be MPs

Frances new president has promised to field candidates from his new party En Marche! in all but one of the countrys 577 constituencies and he is 148 short 428 people chosen to stand as candidates for Macrons La Rpublique En Marche (Republic on the Move, or La REM) party for next months parliamentary elections, 52% are new to politics and have never held elected office. They were being given a crash course on how to run an election campaign, organise and motivate a team and deal with the press at…

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Gare du Nord evacuated in Paris after security concerns

Police were reportedly looking for three men thought to be dangerous, following similar sightings in Bordeaux and Marseille The Gare du Nord, one of Paris main transport hubs, was evacuated on Monday night as police carried out a security operation. Footage posted on social media showed a large police presence around the station and local media reported that officers were looking for three men who were thought to be dangerous. Prfecture de police (@prefpolice) May 8, 2017 French police tweeted on Monday night that they were carrying out checks. According…

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