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Joseph Lau Luen-hung

An unmarried mother convicted of handing her five-year-old son to a paedophile in exchange for cash is due to appear in the Court of First Instance for sentencing.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 4:23am

Letters to the Editor, June 3, 2013

A march against Monsanto in Los Angeles.Photo: AFP People

Alex Lo's column scolding the millions around the world who marched against Monsanto and its genetically modified crops ("Time to modify our stance on GM food", May 28) misses the point entirely.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am 3 comments

Chinese taking a dimmer view of City of Lights

Chinese taking a dimmer view of City of Lights

Paris is most often the first stop for China's nouveaux riches as many embark on their overseas trip of a lifetime. The city encapsulates all that Europe promises: history, culture, romance and luxury. But each step from the hotel to the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre to the Louis Vuitton store is increasingly fraught, thanks to greater attention from thieves and pickpockets. It is a matter French authorities have to deal with urgently if they want their country to remain an important destination for Chinese tourists.

2 Jun 2013 - 3:59am 1 comment

Robberies of cashed-up Chinese tourists rise steeply in Paris

The first mainland tour group to France in 2004.

A sharp increase in robberies of Chinese tourists in Paris has prompted calls for the French government to step up security and for shoppers to use credit cards instead of carrying large amounts of cash.

30 May 2013 - 9:00am 20 comments

France's gay marriage law draws thousands of protesters to Paris

A demonstrator holds a placard with a portrait of French President Francois Hollande during the protest march in Paris. Photo: AFP

One of President Francois Hollande's campaign pledges, the bill allowing same-sex marriage and adoption was voted into law last Saturday after months of protests across a country that has been bitterly divided over the issue.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am

Eiffel Tower evacuated after bomb threat

A police cordon is set near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Photo: Xinhua

Nearly 1,400 people were sent away from the tourist attraction following a request from tower operators after the warning, a Paris police official said. 

31 Mar 2013 - 12:27pm

Hollande's taxes threaten to end Paris home price boom

Hollande's taxes threaten to end Paris home price boom

Home prices in Paris, up 37 per cent since 2009, are set to end their upward streak as President Francois Hollande cuts property subsidies and raises taxes.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

Hot spots: Mariage Frères, Paris

Mariage Frères, Paris

What is it? France's oldest teahouse, founded in the nation's capital more than 150 years ago. The tea emporium/restaurant/museum sits behind a typically Parisian facade on rue du Bourg Tibourg, in Le Marais, a très chic neighbourhood known for its designer stores, perfumeries, boutiques, bars and bistros.

16 Feb 2013 - 10:56pm

New York-based Parsons fashion school to re-establish Paris campus

Alexander Wang entered Parsons at age 18.

From Marc Jacobs to Alexander Wang, star alumni of New York's Parsons design school have long made inroads in Paris. But now the faculty is going a step further, opening a full-fledged branch in the fashion capital.

Many of the industry's most sought after names learned the ropes at Parsons The New School for Design, from Tom Ford to Proenza Schouler's Lazaro Hernandez.

8 Jan 2013 - 6:59am

How bike ride from Hong Kong to Paris changed four young men

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

They knew the destination was within touching distance and a few more hours of easy cycling on flat roads would bring to an end 7½ months of sweat and bustle. What remained would be a sense of achievement and sweet memories they could take pride in for life.

24 Dec 2012 - 9:28am 1 comment

Hong Kong cyclists complete epic journey to Paris

The four cyclists end their trip at the Eiffel Tower. Photo: Peter So

Four young Hongkongers arrived at the Eiffel Tower on Saturday, tired but elated after cycling 12,000 kilometres from their home city to Paris.

Their epic 7-1/2-month trip was to spread the message to young people that anyone can step out of their comfort zone and do something extraordinary.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:38am 1 comment

Hot spots: Le Meurice, Paris

Hot spots: Le Meurice, Paris

Is this one of those stuffy French hotels with snooty concierges? Well, it is a little on the posh side, and at least one front-desk old timer wears half-moon specs, all the better for looking down his nose at people who have the misfortune to be non-French.

8 Dec 2012 - 11:05pm

Rolling Stones give small concert in Paris

Rolling Stones fans queue outside the Trabendo music hall prior to attending the Rolling Stones concert. Photo: AP

The Rolling Stones, celebrating 50 years in rock music, have given their first concert in five years - at a small Paris venue, wowing 350 fans who paid just US$20 to see the surprise gig.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

Paris - opportunities for overseas investors

The Eiffel Tower is illuminated during the traditional Bastille Day fireworks display in Paris July 14, 2012. Photo: Reuters

France is the third largest real estate investment market in Europe, of which Paris accounts for around 80 per cent. As an established international office and retail destination, Paris fulfils the key requirements for overseas investors: a highly liquid market offering large, prime assets.

15 Oct 2012 - 4:17pm

France charges, imprisons seven terror suspects

French police officers outside a building where authorities discovered bomb-making material after the break up of a suspected terrorist cell in Torcy, east of Paris, on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Seven Frenchmen arrested as part of a weekend swoop on a suspected Islamist terror cell believed to have plotted attacks in the country were formally charged on Thursday, a legal source said.

12 Oct 2012 - 9:04pm