France

6:38am

Sun May 19, 2013
The Two-Way

WATCH: David Beckham Tears Up At Final Home Game

Paris Saint-Germain's English midfielder David Beckham is thrown in the air by teammates after a French L1 football match between Paris St Germain and Brest on Saturday at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
Fred Dufour AFP/Getty Images

11:59pm

Fri May 17, 2013
The Two-Way

French President Signs Same-Sex Marriage Into Law

Originally published on Sat May 18, 2013 12:11 pm

France is officially the 14th country to legalize gay marriage. Saturday, President Francois Hollande signed a bill that Parliament had passed in April, which gives same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt.

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12:06pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Shots - Health News

Middle East Virus Spreads Between Hospitalized Patients

The new coronavirus has a crown of tentacles on its surface when viewed under the microscope.
NIAID/RML

It's been eight months since a Saudi Arabian doctor described a previously unknown virus related to SARS. And for most of that time only germ geeks paid much attention.

But in the past few days the new virus — which some would like to call MERS-CoV, for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus — has been making up for lost time.

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3:30am

Sat May 11, 2013
The Salt

Tiny Mites Spark Big Battle Over Imports Of French Cheese

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:28 pm

Microscopic bugs called cheese mites are responsible for giving Mimolette its distinctive rind and flavor.
Chris Waits via Flickr

The Food and Drug Administration is currently embroiled in a surprisingly heated culinary standoff — pitting French cheese-makers (and American cheese-lovers) against regulators, all because of one very small problem: cheese mites.

Cheese mites are microscopic little bugs that live on the surfaces of aged cheeses, munching the microscopic molds that grow there. For many aged cheeses, they're something of an industry nuisance, gently brushed off the cheeses. But for Mimolette, a bright orange French cheese, they're actually encouraged.

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10:37am

Wed May 8, 2013
The Salt

With Warming Climes, How Long Will A Bordeaux Be A Bordeaux?

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:25 pm

A worker harvests cabernet sauvignon grapes at a vineyard near Bordeaux, France, in September.
Caroline Blumberg EPA/Landov

Bordeauxs and Burgundys haven't changed much since the days when famous wine-lover Thomas Jefferson kept the cellars of his Parisian home well-stocked with both wines.

But now, some worry that the regional rules and traditions that have defined top winemaking regions like Champagne, Burgundy and Chianti for centuries could melt away as climate change takes effect.

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