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  • France served China’s Xi ‘disgusting’ state dinner, minister

    By RFI
    The French presidential dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife was “disgusting”, according to Trade Minister Nicole Bricq, caught talking to Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault as the cameras rolled.
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    “It was disgusting, it has to be said,” Bricq told Ayrault and his wife Brigitte outside the prime minister’s residence, the Hôtel Matignon, whose food she made clear she greatly preferred. Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, were treated to sea bass in lobster sauce and hay and thyme-flavoured lamb on the first leg of their visit to France in the central city of Lyon, a French gastronomic mecca.
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    The menu at the Elysée presidential palace has not been made public but was clearly not to the minister’s liking. Chef Guillaume Gomez refrained from direct comment but on Friday thanked people who had sent him messages of support on Twitter on Friday.

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Headlines

  • FRANCE: Laguiole – French village fights for right to use its name

    FRANCE: Laguiole – French village fights for right to use its name A French village is calling for nationwide support after losing a legal fight for local businesses’ right to use its name to sell their products. Laguiole, a southern French village famous for producing a unique design of knife, was this month ordered to [...]

  • : French press review 18 April 2014

    : French press review 18 April 2014 Valls faces his first revolt in Socialist ranks. Bouteflika looks set for a fourth term in office but will he well enough to take the oath? Russia signs a deal on Ukraine. There are tributes to Garcia Marquez and warnings not to speed on French roads. And who’s [...]

  • : African press review 18 April 2014

    : African press review 18 April 2014 There’s confusion over the fate of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. SA prepares for a post-Zuma ANC. Standard Source: Source

  • ALGERIA: Bouteflika camp claims victory, Benflis claims fraud in Algeria presidential poll

    ALGERIA: Bouteflika camp claims victory, Benflis claims fraud in Algeria presidential poll Supporters of Abdelaziz Bouteflika claim he has won a "crushing victory" in his bid to win a fourth term as Algeria’s president. His main rival claims there has been "massive fraud". Abdelaziz Bouteflika is wheeled into the polling station to cast his vote [...]

  • FRANCE: Local radio presenter taken hostage in east France

    FRANCE: Local radio presenter taken hostage in east France A local radio presenter hostage has been freed after being taken hostage for four hours in eastern France. The hostage-taker, a young man, announced live that he was armed and threatened to shoot anyone who moved in the studio. Radio Latitude’s website Standard Source: Source

Sports

  • A SON RECALLS HIS FATHER

    By Marcus Giamatti

    This is the 25th Opening Day since my father, the former Major League Baseball Commissioner and President of Yale University, Bart Giamatti, passed away suddenly one crisp, September afternoon at the age of 51.

    The world has changed quite a bit since then. There are those who remember him, those who have forgotten him and those who never had the pleasure to know him. So it seems appropriate on this anniversary to remind us all – and to introduce those newcomers – to who Bart Giamatti was. And what he stood for.

  • OF DEER AND DUCKS AND OLIVER PEREZ

    It quickly became a different morning. I turned on the television to get the weather and found a baseball game, the season opener in Australia, in fact, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. I turned it on just in time to see Oliver Perez hit a batter. Nothing different about that. If [...]

  • TOMMY JOHN SURGERY II REVEALED 40 YEARS LATER

    MURRAY CHASS –  Within the space of the past week Kris Medlin and Brandon Beachy of Atlanta and Jarrod Parker of Oakland had or were scheduled to have their second elbow reconstruction operations. Like approximately 20 other pitchers, because they had previously experienced the operation, they knew what to expect – a long, grueling rehabilitation [...]