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The bookseller of Kinshasa: A lone fight to help DR Congo's bookworms

Apo - In the aircraft hold, Alpha Ramazani has stowed a precious cargo.In Europe, its contents may seem banal. But in the chaotic, rundown capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, they are revered as nectar for the brain.

French journalist recounts police violence, racism as undercover officer

Paris - Racial or homophobic insults, gratuitous violence, a colleague's suicide: a journalist on Thursday detailed his undercover experience in France's police force where he said abuse was commonplace, if only among a handful of officers.

New book 'Melania and Me' feeds speculations about First Lady

New York - A new book released Tuesday dishes on the supposed icy relationship between Melania Trump and her stepdaughter Ivanka, fuel for gossips eager to speculate about first family rivalries.

Book that exposed French author to be made into film

Paris - A bestselling book that exposed the acclaimed French writer Gabriel Matzneff as a paedophile is to be adapted for the big screen, its producers said Monday.

Trump niece's memoir sells nearly 1 mn copies on first day

New York - A new book on Donald Trump written by his niece sold nearly a million copies on the first day it went on sale in the United States, its publisher said Thursday.

Judge rejects effort to block 'tell-all' book by Trump niece

Washington - A New York judge refused on Thursday to block a "tell-all" book by President Donald Trump's niece that brands him "the world's most dangerous man.

Trump's brother seeks to block niece's unflattering memoir: report

Washington - One of Donald Trump's brothers requested a restraining order to block publication of a potentially explosive book written by the US president's niece, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

France appeals for more witnesses over writer accused of raping minor

Paris - French police launched an appeal Tuesday for witnesses in the case of a writer accused of raping a minor and who repeatedly described relationships with underage teens in his work, the top Paris prosecutor said.

French writer 'regrets' his paedophile sex tourism in Asia

Paris - French writer Gabriel Matzneff said in an interview Wednesday that he "regrets" his trips to Asia to have sex with children, claiming that at the time "no one ever said it was a crime".

France Michelin Guide overshadowed by shock downgrade 

Paris - It is the annual event that has accomplished chefs quaking in their toques: Monday's 2020 edition of the Michelin restaurant guide for France reveals the winners and losers of its coveted ratings stars.

France may strip pension from underage rape probe writer

Paris - France's culture minister will decide this week whether to strip a writer accused of raping and seducing children of a state pension.

French court to rule on chef's 'cheddargate' row

Nterre - A Paris court will rule Tuesday on whether the Michelin restaurant guide must hand over its reasons for stripping a French chef of his third star, a move that could prove a watershed moment for the world of fine dining.

An early 'Tintin' cover sells at auction for $1.1 million

Washington - An original drawing used for the first published "Tintin" cover was sold at auction on Saturday in Dallas for $1.12 million, the Heritage Auctions house told AFP.The identities of seller and buyer have not been released.

Controversial novelist Houellebecq picks up France's top honour

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron has awarded the country's top honour to the controversial top-selling French novelist Michel Houellebecq, a scourge of the establishment for his bitter denunciations of modern France.

Holiday reads: Beachgoers check out French seaside libraries

- Going to the beach can be tough work, but if you need a break from all the gruelling swimming and sunbathing this summer, a trip to one of France's pop-up seaside libraries could be just the thing.

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