French PM Philippe lays wreath at Aushwitz-Birkenau Death Wall | AFP

French Prime minister lays a wreath at Aushwitz-Birkenau’s Death Wall to mark 75 years since the death camp was liberated on January 27, 1945. IMAGES

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French PM Edouard Philippe visits Auschwitz-Birkenau museum | AFP

French Prime minister Edouard Philippe visits Auschwitz-Birkenau museum to mark 75 years since the death camp was liberated on January 27, 1945. IMAGES of French PM Edouard Philippe visiting

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French president inaugurates renovated ‘Wall of Names’ memorial honouring Holocaust victims | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurates the renovated ‘Wall of Names’ at the Shoah Memorial in Paris, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi death camp Auschwitz. IMAGES

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French lab creates 3D reproduction of 18th century flute | AFP

The Hotteterre flute was created around 1710, and now researchers at Paris’s Cité de la Musique laboratory have created an accurate reproduction of the instrument, a chance for musicians to faithfully recreate the sounds and moods of the epoch.

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Protesters march in French city of Nantes against pension reform | AFP

Several thousand people march in the streets of Nantes in western France against pension reform, on the 7th day of national strikes and as the bill is presented to the Council of Ministers. IMAGES

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French animal sanctuary uses expertise to help Australia’s orphaned marsupials | AFP

An animal sanctuary in Carcassonne has been inundated after launching an appeal for volunteers to make cloth pouches for baby kangaroos or koalas rescued from Australia’s devastating wildfires. the head of Carcassonne’s Australian Park, Carole Masson says she has already received thousands of pouches. They are due to leave for Australia in a few days.

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French union holds torch-lit protest in Paris against pension reform | AFP

France’s CGT union holds a torch-lit protest on Place de la République in Paris, on the eve of a seventh nationwide day of protests against pension reform. IMAGES

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Verbal Altercation between Macron and Israeli police officers | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday urged Israeli police to let him enter the church of Saint Anne in Jerusalem, in a scene reminiscent of an incident that involved Jacques Chirac in the 1990s. “I don’t like what you did in front of me,” Macron shouted at an Israeli policeman, asking him to leave the French-owned church in Jerusalem’s Old City. IMAGES

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London Elektricity – Just One Second (Kaleidoscope Orchestra Remix)

Check out this beautiful rendition of London Elektricity ‘Just One Second’ performed by the Kaleidoscope Orchestra.

Orchestration by Steve Pycroft
Recorded by Mark Lewis & Thomas Dibb
Audio Mix and Video Edit by Steve Pycroft

VIOLINS
Dannii Meagher
Emma Rushworth
Heather MacLeod
Kath Ord
Madeleine Fitzgerald
Mikaela Mayo
Nadia Vasileva
Liz Lister

VIOLAS
Rhiannon James
Sophia Dignam
Sarah Leonard
Charli Daw

CELLOS
Andy Crick
Ben Cashell
Reyan Murtadha
Hoda Jahanpour

DOUBLE BASS
Alice Phelps

FLUTES
Jenny Dyson
Anna Rosa Mari

OBOES
Bea Hubble
Josh Hall

CLARINETS
Harry Michalas
Kate Blackstone

BASSOON
Eleanor Mills

FRENCH HORN
Calum Ward

TRUMPET
Roland Parsons

TROMBONE
Rhiannon Symonds

BASS TROMBONE
Rich McVeigh

PERCUSSION
Sam Tunstall

CONDUCTOR
Steve Pycroft

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Romancing the stone: Louis Vuitton shows off huge rough diamond | AFP

The biggest rough diamond discovered in over a century was shown to private clients Tuesday by French luxury handbag-maker Louis Vuitton, which acquired the 1,758-carat gem to make a big splash in the high-end jewellery market. The stone named “Sewelo,” meaning “rare find” in the tswana tongue of Botswana where it was discovered, is the size of a tennis ball.

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Elite team from French army train in Alps ahead of Greenland trek | AFP

In the Alps, 12 of the French army’s mountaineering elite are preparing for a 300 kilometre ski expedition to Greenland in March. There they will have to overcome temperatures of minus 30 degrees for three gruelling weeks. The training in the Alps for the team of ten men and two women aims to enable them to master the environment and not just survive, in order to be able to be able to carry out missions in the far north, a region of increasingly strategic significance.

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Repairs skyrocket as ‘Velib’ bikes hit by French transport strike | AFP

Users of Paris’s bike-for-hire service ‘Vélib’ are up in arms over the lack of availability in the French capital’s massive stock of bikes. The use of Velibs sky-rocketed at the start of a public transport strike six weeks ago, but so have the repairs. Bikes are being used more, travelling further, suffering more damage and requiring more repairs than usual.

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Storm Gloria approaches French coast | AFP

After causing two deaths in Spain, Storm “Gloria” is fast approaching the French coast. In Argelès-sur-Mer, in the Eastern Pyrenees, heavy rain has already begun to fall, while waves are getting bigger and bigger. IMAGES

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French president welcomes Coca-Cola and Netflix to Chateau de Versailles for investment forum | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron talks to Coca Cola’s chief executive James Quincey, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings at the “Choose France” investment forum at the Château de Versailles. CEOs from all over the world were invited to the event, designed to attract more foreign businesses — despite the country’s strikes and weekly anti-government protests. IMAGES

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French skipper attempts Hong Kong-Britain tea route record | AFP

French sailing champion Francis Joyon on Saturday set off from Hong Kong in a bid to complete the old tea route to Britain in record time.

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Images of an injured man being detained during yellow vest protest in Paris | AFP

Images of a bloodied man being held on the ground by police during a yellow vest protest in Paris on Saturday afternoon. French police arrested several people as thousands of anti-government protesters returned to the streets of the capital. IMAGES

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Fires, tear gas and arrests after yellow vest protest in Paris | AFP

French police fired tear gas under a rain of projectiles, used water cannon to douse a fire and arrested several people as thousands of “yellow vest” anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Paris this afternoon. This was the latest of the weekly demonstrations held every Saturday by the yellow vest movement since November 2018, and which have been boosted by opposition to the pension reforms. IMAGES

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Protesters gather outside Paris theater where Macron attended play | AFP

Dozens of protesters gather outside the Bouffes du Nord theater in Paris where French President Emmanuel Macron attended a play. Demonstrations against a government plan to overhaul the pension system have roiled France for several weeks. IMAGES

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Paul Bocuse restaurant loses its third Michelin star | AFP

Almost two years to the day after the death of famed French chef Paul Bocuse, his iconic restaurant has lost the coveted Michelin three-star rating it had held continuously since 1965, according to the restaurant guide.

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Paris commuters “on edge” and can’t wait for strike “to stop” | AFP

While conditions are improving on the Paris transport network amid an ongoing strike over pension reform, now in its 43rd day, commuters travelling to and from Gare de l’Est in the French capital are beginning to feel the pinch. Stressed and “on edge”, every evening brings the same question: “how will I get to work tomorrow?” (COMPLETES VID1NR6ZI_EN)

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