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The big picture: a nudist paradise in 1930s France by Pierre Audebert | Photography

The big picture: a nudist paradise in 1930s France by Pierre Audebert | Photography

[ad_1] In 1928, a pair of French doctors, André and Gaston Durville, established the first naturist club in Paris on an island in the Seine. Nudity seemed a logical step in their medical practice, which pioneered therapies based on massage and vegetarianism, physical exercise and hypnosis. Their methods were in part a reaction to the bodily traumas of the first world war and subsequent Spanish flu epidemic. In 1930, with a growing interest in the psychological and health benefits of naturism across Europe, the brothers created a resort they called Héliopolis, on the Île du Levant, off the coast of Hyères on the French riviera. A photographer, Pierre Audebert was commissioned to produce a series of photo stories for the brothers’ magazine, Naturisme. The Durville brothers promoted Héliopolis as a kind of paradise, and attempted to placate scandalised churchy opinion by separating nudity from sex, emphasising instead a sort of confident athleticism. Héliopolis would, they declared, be “a simple rustic city where air- and sunlight-lovers return to the quiet of a beautiful nature, and rest …

France stall against Netherlands and Austria on the up – Football Daily | Football

France stall against Netherlands and Austria on the up – Football Daily | Football

[ad_1] Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email. On today’s podcast: France and the Netherlands serve up the first goalless draw of the Euros, as a VAR decision denies Barry’s favourite, Xavi Simons, what would have the winning goal. The panel discuss that decision and Poland’s early exit, confirmed by events in Leipzig after a very exciting Austria swept them aside earlier in Berlin. Ukraine came from behind to beat Slovakia thanks to a touch of Bergkamp magic from Roman Yaremchuk, and a grandstand finish to Group E looks on the cards with Romania playing Belgium on Saturday. Plus, Elis James shares a voice note as the Welsh sack Rob Page, more England fallout, and a reader hits back at claims that Barry Island is scary. Support The Guardian here. You can now also find Football Weekly on Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images Support The Guardian The Guardian is editorially independent. And we want to keep our journalism …

‘They’re trying to divide us’: Muslims in France voice fears over rise of far right | France

‘They’re trying to divide us’: Muslims in France voice fears over rise of far right | France

[ad_1] They marched through the narrow streets of Lyon’s medieval old town, about three dozen of them, emboldened after the French far-right gains in the European elections. Masks covering their faces, they wound past the hidden passageways that provided cover for the resistance during the second world war, chanting: “We are fucking Nazis” and “Islam out of Europe”. For some in this French city, last week’s far-right demonstration, captured on video, was a chilling reminder of just how much is at stake in the snap parliamentary elections that could see the French far-right lead government. “The consequences would be catastrophic,” said Kamel Kabtane, the head of the French Institute of Muslim Civilisation, founded in 2017 to promote intercultural dialogue in Lyon. “For France, for all of the citizens of this country and, in particular, for the Muslim community.” Polls suggest the far-right, anti-immigrant National Rally (RN) is on course to win the elections but will fall short of a majority. “We’re up against those who object to our very presence in this country,” said Kabtane …

Can France’s New Popular Front overcome electoral threat from far right? | France

Can France’s New Popular Front overcome electoral threat from far right? | France

[ad_1] France’s four main left-leaning and green parties, aiming to block the advance of the far right, have formed an alliance to run a single list of candidates in snap elections called by President Emmanuel Macron for later this month. Who is in the New Popular Front (NFP), what is its platform, how well is it likely to perform – and, given the major policy disagreements between its members and the personal animosity among its leaders, will it survive? Why has the left united? Voting in French presidential and parliamentary elections takes place over two rounds. A candidate can win in the first round if they garner more than 50% of the total ballots cast, representing at least 25% of registered voters, but this is rare. In the majority of France’s 577 constituencies, the two leading candidates from the first round, plus any others who collected at least 12.5% of registered voters, go through to the second. Joining forces hugely increases the chances of leftist candidates advancing. The name of the alliance is a nod …

France kicks off accelerated campaign after Macron’s legislative poll gamble

France kicks off accelerated campaign after Macron’s legislative poll gamble

[ad_1] France began a frantically short election campaign Monday, with President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance facing an uphill struggle to avoid a new defeat at the hands of the far right. Issued on: 17/06/2024 – 07:21Modified: 17/06/2024 – 13:32 3 min Macron called the snap parliamentary polls three years early in a dramatic gamble to shake up politics in France after the far right trounced his centrists in EU elections. But with less than a fortnight before the vote, his alliance risks being squeezed by new coalitions on the left and right. Many in France remain baffled over why Macron called an election just weeks before the country hosts the Olympics, risking the far-right National Rally (RN) leading the government and 28-year-old Jordan Bardella becoming prime minister. “Emmanuel Macron, who triggered this dissolution to trap the parties, has ended up trapping himself,” said Le Monde daily, warning that the RN risked winning the election. Candidates had until Sunday evening to register for the 577 seats in the lower house National Assembly ahead of the official start …

Euro 2024: Mbappe, Griezmann presence makes France the title favourites | UEFA Euro 2024 News

Euro 2024: Mbappe, Griezmann presence makes France the title favourites | UEFA Euro 2024 News

[ad_1] ⚽ France – Key Euros Stats ⚽ Euro appearances: 10Euro titles: 2Best finish: Winners (1984, 2000)Euros record: W21 D12 L10Goals scored: 69Biggest win: 5-0 (vs. Belgium in Euro 1984)Player to watch: Antoine GriezmannWorld ranking: 2ndTeam nickname: Les Bleus (The Blues)Group fixtures: June 17: Austria vs France (Dusseldorf Arena, Dusseldorf, 9pm local/19:00 GMT) June 21: Netherlands vs France (Leipzig Stadium, Leipzig, 9pm local/19:00 GMT) June 25: France vs Poland (BVB Stadion, Dortmund, 6pm local/16:00 GMT) How to follow our Euro 2024 coverage: UEFA Euro 2024 on Al Jazeera Euro 2024 is the fifth successive major tournament that France will enter as favourites. They’ve made it to the final in three of the past four World Cups and European Championships – and were an Emiliano Martinez save away from being consecutive World Cup champions at Qatar 2022. This astonishing level of consistency can be credited to the seemingly bottomless pool of talent the nation can draw from. Take, for example, how the emergence of Mike Maignan and William Saliba has offset the retirements of Hugo Lloris …

Former president Hollande makes surprise comeback in French election

Former president Hollande makes surprise comeback in French election

[ad_1] Former French Socialist president Francois Hollande on Saturday said he will run for parliament again, the latest political twist after his successor Emmanuel Macron unexpectedly called snap legislative elections. Issued on: 15/06/2024 – 18:35Modified: 15/06/2024 – 22:41 3 min Macron’s dissolving of parliament after the French far right’s victory in European parliamentary elections has swiftly redrawn the lines of French politics. A new left-wing alliance has emerged and the main right-wing party’s leader has announced he is prepared to back an alliance with the far right, sparking in-fighting within his party. On Saturday, police estimated that a quarter of a million people protested across France against the prospect of the far right coming to power. But it is far from sure that the fortunes of the far right will diminish in the legislative elections. Hollande, France’s president from 2012-2017, left office with record levels of unpopularity. He is hated by parts of the radical left and even the Socialist leadership regards him with suspicion. He said he would stand as an MP for the …

A France in Turmoil Mourns Françoise Hardy, Its Voice of Melancholy Cool

A France in Turmoil Mourns Françoise Hardy, Its Voice of Melancholy Cool

[ad_1] It was like Françoise Hardy, the wistful singer and songwriter of a certain French melancholy and style, to slip away in the midst of a political storm, for it was never the clamor of power struggles that interested her, but rather an inner world of solitude, love betrayed and loss. With France in turmoil after President Emmanuel Macron’s sudden plunging of the nation into an unexpected legislative election campaign, the country’s leading newspapers nevertheless devoted much of their front pages to Ms. Hardy’s death this week at the age of 80, hailing “the icon” of French music. For Gabriel Attal, the prime minister, it was the loss of “this singular voice of a fierce tranquillity that cradled generations of French people” that felt overwhelming. For Brigitte Bardot, “France has lost with her a little of that nobility, of that beauty and that luminous talent, of that elegance that she conveyed all through her life.” It was as if the country through Ms. Hardy’s life had come full circle, from her birth during an air …

Homage to fromage: France’s first cheese museum opens in Paris | France

Homage to fromage: France’s first cheese museum opens in Paris | France

[ad_1] Say “cheese” and Pierre Brisson is a happy man. The founder of France’s first cheese museum is passionate about the subject – and not just eating it but passing on the traditional skills of cheesemaking to future generations. “It’s not an easy job but a marvellous one and there is a real risk that it could disappear,” he said. “I wanted to do something so people understand at what point there is an ancestral savoir faire in making cheese. “We hear a lot about wines and how they are made and the subtleties of taste and how they are produced and nothing about cheese. Although people like eating it and the demand for cheese is still high, fewer youngsters want to make a career of it.” Last week Brisson’s team was rushing to complete the Musée du Fromage, due to open on Friday in a 17th-century stone building on Île Saint-Louis in Paris, a short stroll from Notre Dame Cathedral. The exterior of the newly-opened Musee du Fromage in Paris. Photograph: Capucine Gillier/Musée du …

French elections: who are the key players and what is at stake? | France

French elections: who are the key players and what is at stake? | France

[ad_1] France’s snap legislative election is one of the most consequential in decades for both the country and the rest of Europe, potentially propelling the far-right National Rally (RN) to a parliamentary majority and therefore into government. The two-round election will take place on 30 June and 7 July. How will it work, what are the stakes and what is the result likely to be? What’s the story and why does it matter? Taking almost everyone, including most of his party, by surprise, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, called snap legislative elections in the aftermath of his centrist Renaissance party’s crushing defeat by RN, the party of Marine Le Pen, in the European parliamentary elections. No French president has ever dissolved parliament with his party at barely 15% in the polls, and it seems very likely that RN, which Le Pen has spent years detoxifying and which scored more than 31% in the EU ballot, will boost its tally of deputies. If RN does well enough to hold an absolute majority in the national assembly, …