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French beekeeper tackling Asian hornet invasion with home-made trap
29 August 2021 - Faced with the loss of 35 hives to the invasive Asian hornet, French beekeeper Denis Jaffre knew he had to act quickly to save his bees. Asian hornets have no natural predators and can eat through an entire hive in a few hours. They have decimated bee colonies across Europe. So in 2016 the Brittany beekeeper came up with a device with a one-way mechanism to catch the hornets. ... Demand is so high, he has had stop taking orders to catch up. (more)

L'Oreal responds to push for natural ingredients in make-up
4 March 2021 - L'Oreal aims to derive nearly all its ingredients from renewable plant sources and abundant minerals by 2030, it said on Thursday [4 March], as demand for organic and environmentally-friendly cosmetics grows. The world's leading beauty groups face increasingly savvy consumers who want creams and make-up made from natural components as well as products that can be recycled, a trend compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, which put the onus on safe and healthy goods. (more)

Conch shell in French museum found to be 17,000-year-old wind instrument
10 February 2021 - A 17,000-year-old conch shell that lay forgotten for more than 80 years in a museum collection has been discovered to be the oldest known wind instrument of its type, after researchers found it had been modified by its prehistoric owners to be played like a horn. First unearthed in a richly decorated cave in the Pyrenees in 1931, the large shell was initially overlooked by archaeologists. (more)

Listen as a 17,000-year-old conch shell is played once more - video
10 February 2021 - After laying silent for more than 17,000 years, an ancient instrument Is heard again -- a deep, plaintive bleat, like a foghorn from the distant past. When archaeologists realised that a large conch shell discovered in the Marsoulas cave in the Pyrenees had been modified thousands of years ago to serve as a wind instrument, they invited a French horn player to play the conch in a sound studio. The horn produced clear C, C-sharp, and D notes. (more)

'Food for the spirit': French 106-year-old pianist to release sixth album
5 February 2021 - Colette Maze says she began playing the piano when she was four years old ... Today, at the age of 106, her playing still exudes great tenderness and sitting at the piano ... 'It's my food, my food for the spirit and for the heart', Maze, a small, vivacious woman, told Reuters. Maze, credits yoga and finger gymnastics for keeping her nimble. ... Maze has just recorded her sixth album -- a three volume recording of works by Debussy, slated to be released in April. (more)

France: The country rejecting throwaway culture
28 January 2021 - The combination of enthusiastic amateurs, repair cafes, and new laws could help tackle the world's growing mountains of broken electronics. In an effort to defuse this vast amount of avoidable waste, France's National Assembly last year voted to introduce an index of 'repairability' ratings for appliances such as washing machines, lawnmowers, televisions, and smartphones. In doing so, the French government hopes to increase the electronics repair rate to 60 percent within five years. (more)

Total speeds up renewables push with $2.5 billion investment in Indian solar power
18 January 2021 - Total is paying $2.5 billion for a share in Indian renewable energy firm Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL) and a portfolio of solar power assets, marking the latest step in the French energy company's drive to reduce its dependence on oil. ... Total has embarked on a strategy of shifting towards electricity and renewable energy. It aims to have 35 gigawatts (GW) of gross renewable energy generation capacity by 2025 from around 9 GW now. (more)

See Paris's long overdue upgrade to iconic Champs-Elysees Boulevard with an 'extraordinary garden'
13 January 2021 - Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has agreed to a nearly $300 million restoration project for the tired-looking Champs-Elysees, the famous boulevard at the heart of the City of Light. The green light comes more than a year after architects, community leaders, and businesses unveiled plans to turn the 1.2-mile stretch of road into an 'extraordinary garden.' (more)

Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees is getting redesigned as an 'extraordinary garden'
12 January 2021 - The Avenue des Champs-Elysees, often called the most beautiful avenue in the world, is one of Paris' main tourist attractions. Though it is still a popular site, Parisians and tourists alike agree that time has not been kind to the avenue. ... Architecture and urban planning agency PCA-stream conceived of an 'extraordinary garden' plan that includes half the number of cars and claims far more area of green spaces and pedestrian travel. (more)

France fast-tracks citizenship for frontline workers
22 December 2020 - Some 700 foreigners in France who were exposed to the coronavirus through their work will be put on a fast track for naturalization as a reward for their commitment during the pandemic, the junior minister for citizenship has said. The beneficiaries, whom the ministry called 'frontline foreign workers in the face of the health crisis,' include health care workers, child care professionals, housekeepers, and cashiers. 'They have proved their commitment to the nation,' a statement from the office of the minister, Marlene Schiappa, said. 'It is now up to the Republic to take a step toward them.' (more)


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One in ten French people may suffer from PTSD: Transcendental Meditation is a solution - Forbes France reports
6 July 2018 - Managing the devastating problem of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become a public health issue in France today, not only in the military, but across the population - one in ten French people may be affected, Forbes France reports. Some of the proposed solutions include meditation techniques, among which Transcendental Meditation has given the best results. The effects of this independent practice build up over time. A study funded by the US military has shown its superiority over long-term psychotherapy, and a recent meta-analysis found that it can be up to ten times more effective than mindfulness meditation. (more)

Filmmaker David Lynch recommends Transcendental Meditation to solve problems in schools
22 December 2012 - On a tour of Europe and other countries, film director David Lynch spoke often about the power of Transcendental Meditation to improve creativity and reduce stress in the individual and society. Many of his statements during this tour several years ago are featured in the recently released documentary, Meditation, Creativity, Peace. Some presaged the deep concerns now echoing throughout the US and the world following the Newtown, Connecticut school tragedy. Mr Lynch described how Transcendental Meditation, giving the effortless, direct experience of the fundamental field of consciousness--a field of 'creativity, intelligence, love, power, and bliss'--unfolds one's 'full potential as a human being', offering a solution to the stress and violence plaguing schools. (more)

France: French culture, Vedic gardens featured in women's programmes
26 November 2012 - Women in France have been enjoying programmes this year including presentations on French culture and Maharishi Vedic Gardens, in-residence assemblies and special conference calls, and the inauguration of a new club in Paris where people can enjoy practising Transcendental Meditation together. (more)

David Lynch on the Unified Field: 'Everything emerges from a field of no-thing'
6 November 2012 - What is beneath the surface of the mind and matter? Film director David Lynch explains his understanding of the Unified Field, the source of creation, underlying all existence--first from the scientific perspective of quantum physics, and then from the perspective of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Vedic science and technologies of consciousness. The Unified Field is 'the unity of all the particles and all the forces of matter,' Mr Lynch said. Not only did scientists discover the Unified Field, 'but they found that everything that is a thing emerges from this field of no-thing . . . . It is no-thing, but all things come from it.' (more)

How to experience the Unified Field: David Lynch
6 November 2012 - Scientists have developed theoretical knowledge of the Unified Field from which everything in the universe emerges, but they don't know how to experience it directly, said film director David Lynch. 'It is unmanifest. You can't walk into this field. But any one of those scientists could practise a technique, Transcendental Meditation.' Mr Lynch described the technique, which one learns from a certified teacher in a systematic course of instruction, and which 'turns the awareness within'. In this natural process, 'each deeper level of mind and each deeper level of intellect has more happiness. . . . At the borderline of intellect, you transcend. Transcend is the key word. It means to go beyond. You're going beyond the field of relativity, duality, experiencing oneness . . . . pure, unbounded, infinite consciousness.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation increasingly popular in France
23 July 2012 - During the past year the number of people who learned Transcendental Meditation in France increased substantially, by almost 50 per cent. Another new development was the opening of the Veda Club in the centre of Paris. With its proper orientation according to Maharishi Vastu architecture, the Veda Club has become a central hub for Parisians to practise Transcendental Meditation together regularly. This group practice has been shown through scientific research to reduce negative trends and create an influence of coherence and harmony in society. (more)

France: Spring 2011 tour inspires interest in Transcendental Meditation and advanced programmes
23 July 2011 - Six cities in different regions of France--Paris, Narbonne, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon, and Strasbourg--hosted presentations during a tour this spring on the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Programme for the individual and society. Highlighted in the presentations was scientific research documenting positive results in many areas including development of mental potential and improved brain functioning, better health, and business success and productivity. (more)

Vastu community planned in France
13 July 2011 - Interest in the programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in France has inspired potential plans for a Vastu community constructed according to principles of Maharishi Vedic Architecture, and has drawn hundreds of people to celebrations and lectures throughout the country. (more)

Consciousness-Based Education, Vedic architecture and music offered in France
13 July 2011 - Special programmes and courses have been offered this year in France in Consciousness-Based Education, Maharishi Vastu architecture, and Gandharva Veda music. (more)

Expansion of holistic health programmes in France
13 July 2011 - Last year, hundreds of people in France enjoyed natural holistic health programmes including Maharishi Ayur-Veda consultations, spa treatments, and Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems. (more)


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French beekeepers expect worst harvest in decades due to climate change
19 October 2021 - French beekeepers expect their worst harvest in decades as unseasonably cold and wet weather due to climate change has prevented bees from producing honey. 'This will be worst harvest in the history of our organisation, the worst in at least 50 years,' UNAF president Christian Pons told Reuters on Tuesday [19 October]. (more)

Thousands flee wildfires near French Riviera
17 August 2021 - Thousands of people, including tourists in campsites, have been moved to safety as firefighters tackle a wildfire close to the French Riviera. Many were given only minutes to leave as hundreds of firefighters were deployed in the Var region to the west of Saint-Tropez. Fire officials say the blaze broke out on Monday and has consumed some 6,000 hectares (14,820 acres). ... Southern France is the latest area in Europe to be ravaged by wildfires this summer as temperatures soar to record levels around the Mediterranean. (more)

Drier than the Sahara: heatwave fans fire risk for French farmers
10 August 2020 - On a farm in France, firefighters beat down the flames that had turned a field of wheat black, but they were too late to save the combine harvester. Caught in the blaze, it belched out flames and thick smoke while the farmer looked on helpless. Crop and forest fires are a ritual of summer in France, but a warming climate has meant the risk has increased and the danger zone has expanded from southern France to the north, scientists say. (more)

'It can kill you in seconds': the deadly algae on Brittany's beaches
8 September 2019 - For decades, potentially lethal green algae have amassed in shallow bays on Brittany's beautiful north-western coast. Environmentalists say the blossoming of unusually large amounts of green algae are linked to nitrates in fertilizers and waste from the region's intensive pig, poultry, and dairy farming flowing into the river system and entering the sea. When the algae decompose, pockets of toxic gas get trapped under its crust -- potentially fatal to humans if they step on it. This summer, six Brittany beaches were closed because of a mass of dangerous seaweed. (more)

Summer heatwaves caused 1,500 extra deaths in France: health minister
8 September 2019 - Heatwaves in June and July caused about 1,500 more deaths than usual in France over that period, though the figure was far lower than in the summer of 2003, the country's health minister said on Sunday [8 September]. (more)

France investigates reports of babies born without arms in rural areas
31 October 2018 - France has launched a nationwide investigation into why some two dozen babies have been born without hands or arms in a handful of rural areas since 2,000 after several new cases were reported this week, the health minister said on Wednesday (31 October). A separate investigation has also been opened into reports that calves and possibly chickens have been born without limbs in the same three heavily agricultural areas, an official told Reuters. (more)

Highly processed foods tied to increased risk of certain cancers
7 March 2018 - People who consume mostly packaged foods and drinks with lots of unpronounceable ingredients may be more likely to develop certain cancers than people who subsist mostly on whole foods found in nature, a French study suggests. Every 10 percent increase in the amount of heavily processed foods and drinks people consumed was associated with a 12 percent higher risk of developing all cancers and an 11 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer during the study, researchers report in The BMJ. (more)

France sees worst rains in 50 years, floods peak in Paris
29 January 2018 - Floodwaters reached a peak in Paris on Monday (29 January) and were threatening towns downstream along the rain-engorged Seine River as it winds through Normandy toward the English Channel. Rivers swollen by France's heaviest rains in 50 years have engulfed romantic quays in Paris, swallowed up gardens and roads, halted riverboat cruises -- and raised concerns about climate change. (more)

France: River Seine levels rise further as Paris braces for flood risk
27 January 2018 - The levels of the River Seine in Paris rose further on Saturday and were set to hit a peak this weekend, according to official estimates, and French authorities were on standby for any major flooding risk. The Seine's overflowing waters have already engulfed riverside walkways in Paris and led the Louvre museum to close a basement display of Islamic art. It has also resulted in ... swans swimming in places where there are usually pavements ... (more)

Rising temperatures and acidification threaten Mediterranean sea species
23 June 2017 - Water temperatures in the northwestern Mediterranean are increasing much faster than global averages, threatening the survival of several species, French researchers said. The researchers, who believe their findings apply to an area that includes Spain, France, and Italy, also said in a note summarizing their study that the water's acidity has increased by nearly seven percent. (more)

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