Eleanor Beardsley http://wvxu.org en A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI http://wvxu.org/post/cleaner-tour-de-france-kicks-nod-wwi Last year, the Tour de France celebrated its 100th anniversary with a spectacular sound and light show at the Arc de Triomphe during the closing ceremony.<p>It might be hard to duplicate that kind of enthusiasm at this year's Tour, which begins Saturday, especially with competition from the World Cup in Brazil. But the 2014 Tour will be special too, says Matthieu Barberousse, a journalist with <em>L'Equipe</em> sports newspaper.<p>"Tour de France is always a kind of combination between tradition and modernity," Barberousse says. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:36:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 28850 at http://wvxu.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders http://wvxu.org/post/paris-training-wheels-littlest-riders A bike rental scheme in Paris that began seven years ago has been such a success, the city has launched a version for children. Parents can now rent bikes for tots up to 8 years old at locations across the city.<p>Officials say the program won't cost Paris a cent and might help build a new generation of environmentally conscious citizens — or perhaps inspire a few future Tour de France champions.<p>The original, adult enterprise is named Velib, which stands for <em>velo </em>— or bicycle — <em>Liberte. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:13:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 28612 at http://wvxu.org In Paris, Training Wheels For The Littlest Riders Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France http://wvxu.org/post/brutal-vigilante-attack-roma-teen-shocks-france A vigilante attack against a Roma teenager has shocked France and put pressure on the French government to improve conditions for the ethnic minority. Human rights advocates say the rise of a xenophobic climate in the country may have contributed to the attack.<p>French news reports say <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/18/world/europe/roma-teenager-in-coma-after-attack-near-paris.html?_r=0">16-year-old Darius, whose last name has not been released, was found bloodied and unconscious in a grocery cart by the side of the road</a> in a suburb north of Paris. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:42:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 28209 at http://wvxu.org Brutal Vigilante Attack On Roma Teen Shocks France One Frenchman's Commitment To Keeping D-Day Memories Alive http://wvxu.org/post/d-day-french-remember-us-sacrifices During my many visits to Normandy, I have come across many French people committed to preserving the memory of the young men who sacrificed their lives here to liberate the continent from Nazi tyranny. On my latest, trip, I met up again with Joseph Delecolle, who I had interviewed at the 60<sup>th</sup> D-Day anniversary in 2004.<p>Delecolle was back, dressed as before in the uniform of an American GI and driving his rebuilt, 1940s-era American jeep.<p>"Each year I go to Normandy to cry," he says. "I don't know why because I was not alive during the war. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 11:58:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 27711 at http://wvxu.org One Frenchman's Commitment To Keeping D-Day Memories Alive Allies Land Again In Normandy, This Time To Honor D-Day Vets http://wvxu.org/post/allies-land-again-normandy-time-honor-d-day-vets Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. It has been 70 years since D-Day. And the world is remembering the Allied invasion that freed Europe from the grip of the Nazis in World War II. We'll hear about commemorations, and we'll look back with some veterans in this part of the program. We'll hear first from Normandy and France. That's where leaders from 19 countries gather today, Present Obama among them. They remember the sacrifice made by the tens of thousands of young servicemen. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 27670 at http://wvxu.org