Eleanor Beardsley http://kgou.org en A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI http://kgou.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 14:41:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 32737 at http://kgou.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI Years Of Syrian Violence Have Changed The Face Of The French Jihadi http://kgou.org/post/years-syrian-violence-have-changed-face-french-jihadi Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Some European Muslims have been heading to Syria to join the fight alongside jihadist who were trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The conflict has been going on for more than three years and many Europeans are now fearful that those fighters may return to carry out attacks at home. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 32403 at http://kgou.org In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders http://kgou.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 16:59:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 32333 at http://kgou.org In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France http://kgou.org/post/brutal-vigilante-attack-roma-teen-shocks-france A vigilante attack against a Roma teenager has shocked France and put pressure on the French government to improve conditions for the ethnic minority. Human rights advocates say the rise of a xenophobic climate in the country may have contributed to the attack.<p>French news reports say <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/18/world/europe/roma-teenager-in-coma-after-attack-near-paris.html?_r=0">16-year-old Darius, whose last name has not been released, was found bloodied and unconscious in a grocery cart by the side of the road</a> in a suburb north of Paris. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:42:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 31679 at http://kgou.org Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France As Exasperation Mounts, French Rail Strike Turns Violent http://kgou.org/post/exasperation-mounts-french-rail-strike-turns-violent The French rail strike has enters it second week and train workers have clashed with riot police in Paris. The latest poll shows the striking train drivers are losing public support. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:18:07 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 31560 at http://kgou.org Allies Land Again In Normandy, This Time To Honor D-Day Vets http://kgou.org/post/allies-land-again-normandy-time-honor-d-day-vets Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. It has been 70 years since D-Day. And the world is remembering the Allied invasion that freed Europe from the grip of the Nazis in World War II. We'll hear about commemorations, and we'll look back with some veterans in this part of the program. We'll hear first from Normandy and France. That's where leaders from 19 countries gather today, Present Obama among them. They remember the sacrifice made by the tens of thousands of young servicemen. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 30841 at http://kgou.org Obama In Normandy For 70th Anniversary Of D-Day http://kgou.org/post/obama-normandy-70th-anniversary-d-day Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. The sky over Normandy is brilliant blue on this June 6. It is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. That's the 1944 Allied invasion across the English Channel into German-occupied France. It was such a risky enterprise in World War II, that General Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote a letter in case it failed, saying the blame is mine alone.<p>The invasion worked. Another year of fighting brought the war in Europe to an end. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 30792 at http://kgou.org 70 Years On, A Normandy Village Honors Aging WWII Veterans http://kgou.org/post/villages-across-normandy-celebrate-aging-world-war-ii-vets Germaine and Lucien Rigault, 86 and 89 years old, respectively, lean out their first-floor window, watching people go by. They were here in the tiny French hamlet of La Cambe on June 6, 1944, the day the Allies invaded Normandy and began the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi control during World War II.<p>"I remember June 6 very well. We saw the first planes bombing and we knew something was happening on the coast. And soon we began seeing American soldiers," he recalled. "We were scared, but very happy to be liberated. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:25:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 30704 at http://kgou.org 70 Years On, A Normandy Village Honors Aging WWII Veterans Le Pen Victory In France Presents A Paradox For Hollande http://kgou.org/post/le-pen-victory-france-presents-paradox-hollande Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Far-right political parties won big in European parliamentary elections in many countries last weekend. Their victory was particularly painful in France, a founding member of the European Union, and has deepened the sense of crisis for the very unpopular Socialist president, Francois Hollande. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports from Paris.<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: National front-leader Marine Le Pen was glowing on election night last Sunday after her party got 26 percent of the vote, twice as much as the ruling Socialist party. Sun, 01 Jun 2014 11:46:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 30440 at http://kgou.org France's Big Train Problem: New Fleet Too Wide For Platforms http://kgou.org/post/frances-big-train-problem-new-fleet-too-wide-platforms Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Somewhere in Paris, railways executives must be cursing in French. They ordered $4 billion worth of new trains. Turns out the trains are be too big to fit in many French train stations around the countries. Sacre bleu.<p>NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF TRAIN WHISTLE)<p>ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: Gleaming trains from across France pull into this Paris station. Fri, 23 May 2014 09:37:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 29862 at http://kgou.org