IMAGE: Football is an amazing sport ... those people like Bastia supporters make it horrible, said Mario Balotelli . Photograph: Marco Luzzani/Getty Images A furious Mario Balotelli asked fans whether racism was "legal in France" after the Nice striker accused Bastia supporters of abusing him during his team's 1-1 Ligue 1 draw on Friday, prompting a French League investigation. The Italian posted a message on his Instagram page on Saturday, saying the incident was a "real shame"."Yesterday the result against Bastia was right... we will work more and try to get our objective... the referee was good, too, but I have a question for French people... Is it normal that Bastia supporters make monkey noise and 'uh-uh' for the whole game and no-one of the "commissions discipline" say nothing?," Balotelli, on loan from Liverpool this season, wrote. "So is racism LEGAL in France? Or only in Bastia? Football is an amazing sport ... those people like Bastia supporters make it horrible." In a … [Read more...] about Balotelli: Is racism legal in France?
France is keen to provide technical and financial assistance to Puducherry in its bid to develop a Smart City and launch a new drinking water scheme, said French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain here on Friday.Interacting with select group of media houses after calling on Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy at the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Lenain said they had a very fruitful discussion on mutual collaboration.While France wanted Puducherry government to provide space for the growth of French language in the Union Territory, the Chief Minister sought technical assistance in making the territory an even more “lively and nice” city. The Chief Minister also sought assistance in heritage conservation, tourism promotion and improving transportation, said the ambassador.Mr. Lenain said the government had agreed to promote French language in the Union Territory. The French government is planning to expand Lycee Francais in Puducherry. From its present strength of 484 students, the … [Read more...] about France keen to partner with Puducherry, says envoy
France is aware of the internal debate going on in India over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and National Register of Citizens but these are issues on which other countries should refrain from commenting, French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain said in Puducherry on Friday.Interacting with a select group of reporters at the French Consulate, Mr Lenain said “These are issues obviously discussed during official deliberations. We are aware of the ongoing debate in India on CAB and NRC. But I don’t think another government should interfere in India’s domestic affairs.”On the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation, the ambassador said France respects India’s democratic system. The country is the world’s largest democracy, he added. “Some issues are domestic and there are some issues that are decided through a democratic process and it reflects the will of majority. Our country is also attached to certain values … [Read more...] about CAB, NRC are internal issues of India, says French Ambassador
Isabelle Huppert is a tiny woman. The Oscar-nominated actor is barely over five feet tall and so slim that she redefines the phrase reed-thin. But nothing about her talent or her personality is slight. We met at the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India, where the actor received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The following day, I conducted a masterclass with her in a packed theatre. Isabelle is often referred to as the Meryl Streep of France. She has 16 César nominations (the French equivalent of the Oscar). She holds the record for the actor with the most films shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival –– 20. She was nominated for an Oscar for Paul Verhoeven’s 2016 film, Elle –– a complex, twisty and unnerving work about a woman who gets raped and then takes revenge. Isabelle plays Michèle, who is violently assaulted in her home but shows no signs of it. She bounces back to life as … [Read more...] about Showbiz is ageist but there is no slowing down Isabelle Huppert
$62,000 to train like Nadal, but are tennis academies worth it?IMAGE: Rafael Nadal trains children. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for LTA. You now can train like Serena Williams or Rafael Nadal, but it will come at a cost. The Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy, which opened last autumn on the Spanish island of Mallorca, is charging kids 56,000 euros ($62,000) a year for tennis lessons and school. Patrick Mouratoglou's new academy on the French Riviera, where his protege Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic have trained, will set you back close to 40,000 euros a year, while the IMG Academy in Florida costs $78,250. With a cool 31.6 million pounds ($40 million) up for grabs at Wimbledon, including 2.2 million pounds for the singles winners, tennis at the top is a highly lucrative sport. But with most players now peaking in their late 20s and teenage Grand Slam winners few and far between, the cost of developing a tennis pro is rising while there are no guarantees that your child … [Read more...] about Want to train like Serena or Nadal?