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Beryl Gastaldello talks Los Angeles Current, and ISL Season 2 Special

French swimmer Beryl Gastaldello chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about competing for the Los Angeles Current in the second season of the International Swimming League (ISL), and serving as one of the team's captains.

Venezuela's Guaido reappears after claim he hid in French embassy

Caracas - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido reappeared in the street in videos distributed Saturday by his team and parliamentary allies, after foreign minister Jorge Arreaza claimed he had taken refuge in the French embassy in Caracas.

Madonna honors fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier in moving post

Acclaimed French designer Jean Paul Gaultier has bowed out of the runway after a 50-year illustrious career in fashion, and Madonna paid him a moving tribute.

Review: Beryl Gastaldallo is the One to Watch at ISL finale in Las Vegas Special

Beryl Gastaldallo of the Los Angeles Current is the female athlete to watch at the International Swimming League (ISL) grand finale in Las Vegas.

Beryl Gastaldello discusses love for swimming, ISL, LA Current Special

On November 20, world-class French swimmer Beryl Gastaldello chatted with Digital Journal about the International Swimming League (ISL), and her love for the sport of swimming.

Review: Bob Sinclair and Robbie Williams charm on 'Electrico Romantico' Special

On January 18, acclaimed French DJ and producer Bob Sinclair has joined forces with British pop star Robbie Williams on their brand new single "Electrico Romantico."

Review: Renaud Lavillenie's pole vault journey in 2018 Special

French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie is the world record holder in the men's pole vault (6.16 meters). Digital Journal looks back on his pole vault journey in 2018, now that the outdoor season has come to a close.

DJ Snake to perform two concerts in the U.S. this Halloween

Brooklyn - DJ Snake has announced concerts in the United States during this Halloween season, which will take place in such cities as New York and Los Angeles.

Review: Renaud Lavillenie takes 3rd place in IAAF Diamond League Paris Special

On June 30, 2018, French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie (who also holds the world record in the sport), competed in the IAAF Diamond League in Paris.

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen wins seat in French parliament: party

Paris - Far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday won a seat in the French parliament, but her anti-EU National Front (FN) party faced disappointment, winning only four to eight seats, polls and party figures said.

Florian Picasso discusses electronic music, Miami Music Week Special

French DJ and producer Florian Picasso sat down and chatted with Digital Journal in Manhattan about his career in electronic music.

Review: Charlie Plaçais incredible in auditions in the U.K. and America Special

Charlie Plaçais auditioned for "America's Got Talent" and "Britain's Got Talent," and he was incredible in both auditions.

Drug trial leaves one brain dead, five critically ill in France

Rennes - A drug trial in France that went horribly wrong has left one man brain dead and five others seriously ill. The men were participating in a drug trial for the Portuguese pharmaceutical firm BIAL at a clinic in northwestern France.

Rhodes scholar wants Rhodes statue removed and French flag banned

A law student at Oxford University in Britain wants to ban the French flag on all campuses. He is also the co-founder of a movement to remove a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes.

Study finds school children would rather learn coding than French

A study of UK school children and parents has found most kids would rather be taught how to program than how to speak French. It follows the introduction of a compulsory computing curriculum by the government.

Panama Canal to limit ship size due to drought caused by El Niño

Panama City - A drought triggered by an El Niño is prompting the Panama Canal Authority to place restrictions on the size of ships allowed through the famed canal. Beginning Sept. 8, the maximum draft (depth in the water) will be cut to 39ft. (11.89m).

Simon Badinter talks syndicated radio show 'The Rendezvous' Special

French radio show host Simon chatted with Digital Journal about the success of his syndicated show, "The Rendezvous with Simon and Kim."

Photo essay: There's nothing like summer in Paris Special

Paris - On a brief visit to Paris this summer, I was enamoured with the city's gorgeous architecture, rich history and delicious food.

French students just couldn't 'cope' with this English exam

French students taking a baccalaureate English exam have petitioned online after they were stumped by a question that centred around the word "coping" which many did not know. It follows the Edexcel Maths fiasco in the UK earlier this month.

Top cartoonist Luz to leave Charlie Hebdo

Paris - Cartoonist Luz, who drew Charlie Hebdo's front cover picture of Mohammed following the massacre of the satirical weekly's editorial team in January, said Monday he was leaving the paper.

British man wakes up from coma thinking he's Matthew McConaughey

A British man awoke from a coma, following a terrible car accident, speaking fluent French and thinking he was Matthew McConaughey.

High Court denies damages to French-speaking Ottawa couple

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Air Canada does not have to pay an Ottawa couple that filed suit against the airline because they couldn't be served in their preferred tongue.

Launching a new classical season with flash and fury Special

Toronto - Who says classical music isn't exciting? The Toronto Symphony Orchestra launched its latest season in fine style this week, with superstar violinist Joshua Bell providing characteristic fire and drama.

Poll: Two percent of French women willing to go topless at beach

A poll, conducted by Elle magazine, revealed that as few as two-percent of women under the age of 35 are willing to bare their breasts at the beach.

Review: Toronto 'Tartuffe' has good moments, odd directorial choices Special

Toronto - It's a tricky business, trying to make an old theatre warhorse seem fresh and new. Bold or eccentric choices can spark new life into a classic, or they can massacre it. Soulpepper's new mounting of “Tartuffe” tastes both ends of the lollipop.

Interview with Lenou: Daughter of Nana Mouskouri Special

Singer-songwriter Lenou is the daughter of best-selling female recording artist Nana Mouskouri, and she is a gifted musician in her own right.

Director Alan Resnais has died

Celebrated French movie director Alan Resnais has died aged 91. Resnais movie career spanned more than 60 years. His death was announced on Saturday, the day after the Césars French cinema awards and on the eve of the Oscars.

French crook continues the con from behind bars

Lannemezan - A criminal, locked up in a prison cell in the south-western French town of Lannemezan, managed to continue his life of crime, despite being behind bars. However, once he was found out, he had literally nowhere to go.

Review: Marville's Paris On View At The Met Special

New York - A new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcasing the work of French photographer Charles Marville strips away the romance of Paris, but offers a challenging commentary on the nature of transformation.

SocGen compensates some employee shareholders over Kerviel affair

Paris - French bank Society General has compensated about a dozen employee shareholders who demanded reparations following the scandal over rogue trader Jerome Kerviel, sources told AFP on Tuesday.
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Kevin Mayer
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The French frigate FS Surcouf  ironically named after a pirate
The French frigate FS Surcouf, ironically named after a pirate
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French police
French police
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French prisoners made a video dancing the Harlem Shake
French prisoners made a video dancing the Harlem Shake
Bob Sinclair
Bob Sinclair
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An example of  Franglais  - the use of English words and phrases in French - in a Parisian restauran...
An example of 'Franglais' - the use of English words and phrases in French - in a Parisian restaurant
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French swimmer Alain Bernard
French swimmer Alain Bernard
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Re-arming French Mirage 2000D fighter jet to enforce the UN no-fly zone above Libya.
Re-arming French Mirage 2000D fighter jet to enforce the UN no-fly zone above Libya.
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The amphibious support ship  FS Tonnerre
The amphibious support ship, FS Tonnerre
Two French Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets ready for takeoff
Two French Mirage 2000-5 fighter jets ready for takeoff
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A boarding party from the FS Tonnerre (French for  Thunder .)
A boarding party from the FS Tonnerre (French for 'Thunder'.)
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Renaud Lavillenie
Renaud Lavillenie
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FS Floréal alongside at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town in the evening
FS Floréal alongside at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town in the evening
Alain Roberts  French  Spiderman  scales highest steel tower in China.
Alain Roberts, French "Spiderman" scales highest steel tower in China.
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French prisoner  dressed as a prison guard  lighting a joint.
French prisoner, dressed as a prison guard, lighting a joint.
Charlie Plaçais
Charlie Plaçais
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The Beatles Graphic (originally published in France) also traces the post-Beatles career of the band's former members and their offspring; Bourhis here depicts Sean Lennon's recreation of father John Lennon's famous Annie Liebowitz shot of he and Yoko Ono, with his own girlfriend.
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French troops in Indochina.
French troops in Indochina.

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