rancois Hollande was greeted by a thunderstorm in Paris and storm clouds gathering over the euro zone as France's first Socialist president in 17 years was sworn in on Tuesday before flying to Berlin to plead his case for less austerity in Europe.
Hollande's first day in power was marred by a downpour as he rode by open-top car through Paris to mark his investiture, and lightning that hit his presidential jet, forcing him to make a U-turn en route to Germany and switch to a smaller Falcon jet...( REUTERS )
Sixty three years have passed since Nepal and France established diplomatic relations on 20 April 1949. France is number 5 in the list of countries with whom Nepal has diplomatic relations and our relation is based on true friendship, mutual understanding and cooperative spirits. Despite a geographical distance of 9,000 kms plus, both countries have been enjoying cordial relations. Nepalese and French people harbor a sense of deep affection and amity which is being nurtured by the passage of time.
Exchange of visits that have taken place at the highest level in the past have contributed to strengthen the level of friendship between our two countries. Notable visit was that of late French President Francois Mitterand to Nepal in May 1983. Similarly, our late Prime Minister G.P. Koirala paid an official visit to France in 2002 from our side.( Mohan Krishna Shrestha )
As Nepal is deciding on a new system of governance and is going through a critical phase of the constitution writing processes, the way France achieved a strong local governance system with significant devolution of powers, elected local executives with real powers and responsibilities and regional governance, although in a different context, may be of interest to Nepal.
France has recently announced a local government reform to simplify and reduce the territorial architecture and stop the stacking of structures, and the entanglement of skills and competition between institutions that leads to overlapping between the responsibilities and jurisdiction of its many territorial entities...( Jean-Charles Demarquis )
Music Museum of Nepal in support with Alliance Francaise in Kathmandu is organising the first ever International folk Music Film Festival 2011.
At a press meet that took place on July 11 at AFK, Tripureshwor, it was announced that the festival with the theme ‘Music for Life, Music for survival’ will be held from November 25 to 27 and the screening will take place at Nach Ghar, Jamal and Nepal Folk Music Instrument Museum, Tripureshwor...( THT )
Though named after a Swedish woman, Betty Argo is a French Indie pop band. The band came into existence when singer Lena Roucaute and composer Arnaud Cabibel came together 10 years ago and played mainly acoustic.
“Betty Argo was this woman we knew and she had this knack for making sad people happy,” said Cabibel who also plays the guitar...( THT )
Conditions might be relatively tough in eastern Nepal's Beldangi refugee camp, but for the past week or so the children there have been walking around with big happy faces.
The secret of their happiness lay in 41 large boxes that arrived in the camp earlier this month after being sent all the way from France's Quai Branly Museum, which specializes in primitive and indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas...