This Week’s French Hero: Pierre Bergé
It’s been reported that Pierre Bergé, the long-time companion and business partner to the late Yves Saint-Laurent, began putting up articles for auction, artwork and artifacts owned by the late designer. Proceeds are to be designated to the AIDS foundation he founded. The auction began despite China’s demands to halt it. China claims that two valuable Qing Dynasty bronzes, a rat and a rabbit, worth about $12 million each, belong to China. Chinese officials claim the items were stolen from Beijing’s Imperial Summer Palace by British and French forces in 1860.
Bergé, as the legal owner of these bronzes, will not relinquish the bronzes to China UNLESS China meets certain demands of his own.
Here’s what Mr. Berge has declared, “Moi, je suis prêt à offrir ces têtes en bronze au gouvernement chinois, tout de suite…Il leur suffit de déclarer qu’ils vont appliquer les droits de l’homme, rendre la liberté aux Tibétains et accepter le dalaï-lama sur leur territoire.”
Translation: “I am ready to offer the bronze heads to the Chinese government immediately… They simpy have to declare that they will enforce human rights, give freedom back to Tibetans and allow His Holiness The Dalai Lama entry into Chinese territory.”
If not, Pierre Bergé invites China to say, “ au revoir rat and rabbit heads!”
Pierre Bergé is awesome, tout simplement.
[sources: France Inter, France 2, lexpress]
Prices for New iPhones in France
“France Telecom’s Orange said Thursday it will launch Apple’s much anticipated iPhone 3G in France on July 17th with prices starting at 149 euro ($233) for the 8GB model.
Handset prices and plans
The exclusive French carrier of the touch-screen handset said the 16GB model will fetch 199 euro. Both subsidized prices require that customers also purchase a subscription to one of its existing “Orange for iPhone” plans (below), or its Origami Star (from 3 hours), First or Jet plans.
With other plans (except time-cutoff and pay-as-you-go), the 8Gb iPhone will sell from 199 euro and the 16Gb model from 249 euro, Orange said. For instance, customers can get the 8GB model for 199 euro with a one-hour Origami Star plan that costs 32 euro and offers up to 500MB of monthly internet access.
Meanwhile, “Orange for iPhone” plans (below) start at 49 euro per month for a plan that includes 2 hours of normal talk time, 2 hours of late evening and weekend minutes, and 50 SMS text messages. The most expensive plan is priced at 149 euro and includes 12 hours of normal talk time, 12 hours of nights and weekends, and 1000 SMS messages. All “Orange for iPhone” plans include Visual Voicemail and up to 500MB of monthly data usage. ”
Orange will also offer the 8Gb 3G iPhone from 199 euro and the 16Gb version from 249 euro with a 24-month contract under its loyalty upgrade program.
Preferential upgrade offer
As part of the carrier’s “Change your mobile” promotion, Orange customers who purchased an iPhone before 12 June 2008 and are using it with an Orange plan (except time-cutoff, Initial and Mobicarte) will be able to buy the 3G iPhone for 99 euro through a 100 euro refund valid until 31 October 2008. The offer requires a 24-month contract.
iPhone 3G for business
The 3G iPhone will also launch for Orange Business Services clients on July 17th. Business clients will also be eligible for the “Change your mobile” offer.
Orange said its 3G network currently covers over 66 percent of the French population.
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150th Anniversary in Lourdes
February 11, 2008 marks the 150th anniversary of when a young shepherdess, Bernadette Soubirous, encountered the ghost of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France. It’s said that it was the Virgin Mary who gave her messages to share with the world, including where to find the healing waters.
Since that fateful day in 1858, millions of pious pilgrims flock to this tiny southwest French village for worshipping and to grab some of the healing water from the spring. In fact, an average of 5 million visitors go to Lourdes every year. It’s miraculously in the top 10 most visited attractions in France (the rest being mostly Paris landmarks). This year, they expect about 8 million people, and this Monday (February 11) alone for the Feast of our lady of Lourdes, they expect at least 50,000 people.
Here’s what’s happening if you find yourself in Lourdes on Monday 2/11/08:
9:00 am – Mass in English in the Crypt Chapel
9:30 am – International Mass at the Podium on the Prairie
11:00 am – Commemorating the 1st apparition followed by the Angelus at the Grotto
5:00 pm – Blessed sacrament procession
9:00 pm -Torchlight Marian Procession from the Grotto
Other Masses Crypt- 7:30 am, Rosary Basilica, 8:30 am -11:00 am, 6:00 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday, 2/12/08 and 2/13/08
There is Mass in English every day at 9:00 am in the Chapel of St. Gabriele
For more information contact the Information Center
Open daily: tel: +33 (0)5 62 42 78 78
or contact the official site for the 150th anniversary