May 16, 2016
Answer: France. Capturing the port was a key part of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II.
May 11, 2016
By Michelle Nunn The saying goes that those who don't learn history are doomed to repeat it. But I fear that people who aren't familiar with one remarkable chapter in American history will be doomed not to repeat it. And it bears repeating. This chapter launched from right here in Philadelphia in the wake of World War II, when the cargo ship American Traveller left carrying 15,000 boxes of food for families clinging to survival in war-torn Europe. The shipment had been organized by a new humanitarian group called CARE.
April 10, 2016 |
Arnaud Desplechin, whose playful movie My Golden Days , about young love, is now in theaters, is the greatest contemporary French filmmaker no one has ever heard of. Well, maybe "no one" is a bit of a stretch. Last month, to honor the U.S. release of My Golden Days , the Film Society of Lincoln Center hosted a retrospective of the writer/director's work. It is possible, in his movies, to see Francois Truffaut (restless romance) and Martin Scorsese (gear-shifting, genre-switching)
March 20, 2016 |
The captain and deckhand swiftly dismantle the roof and windows of the boat's boxy, raised wheelhouse as an ancient stone bridge comes into view. We crouch and duck our heads; the vessel just barely fits underneath. Beyond, the boat slips serenely along on a ribbon of green under a shady canopy of plane trees. At the occasional break in the foliage, we spot a tall church spire, sprawling vineyards, and the distant snowy peaks of the Pyrenees. Our captain will not need to replace the wheelhouse for days to come.
February 12, 2016 |
Milton Becket, 92, of Berwyn, a lawyer and decorated World War II Army veteran, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, of congestive heart failure at home. Known as "Mickey," Mr. Becket was born in Philadelphia to William and Anna Becket. At various times, he also lived in Pittsburgh, and New York City, but he had made Berwyn his home since 1988. He graduated from Central High School, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Mr. Becket was assigned to Company A of the 179th Infantry Regiment, the 45th Infantry Division, known as the Thunderbirds.
December 20, 2015 |
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare couldn't get home to France for the holidays, so he did the next best thing: He brought his family to Philadelphia. For the first time in seven years, Bellemare said, his family will be together for Christmas. As part of a Christmas gift, the Flyers' second-year center had six relatives travel from different parts of France to be reunited in his adopted city. "I'm lucky enough to be in the States for Christmas in this unbelievable atmosphere here," said Bellemare, 30, who grew up in Paris.
November 19, 2015 |
In the days after the terrorist attacks that killed and injured hundreds in Paris, companies with major operations in France and the Philadelphia area have cautioned their employees about travel, and in at least two cases have canceled trips. Saint-Gobain Corp., a construction-materials company with 800 employees and North American headquarters in Malvern, and Arkema Inc., a chemical company in Colombes, France, that has 650 employees in King of Prussia, both advised their workers not to travel to France this week.
November 19, 2015 |
In a deal worth nearly $1 billion to founder Peter McCausland, Airgas Inc., a Radnor distributor of industrial gases and related goods, has agreed to a $10.3 billion takeover by French giant Air Liquide, the two companies said Tuesday. The deal comes five years after McCausland survived a bitter takeover fight with Allentown's Air Products & Chemicals Inc., which wanted to buy Airgas for as much as $5.9 billion, or $70 a share, before giving up in February 2011 after a court loss. Paris-based Air Liquide agreed to pay Airgas shareholders $143 a share, a 50 percent premium to Airgas' close Thursday, the last day of trading before speculation about a deal started driving Airgas shares up. Airgas shares closed at $137.35 on Tuesday, up $31.17, or 29 percent Including debt, the deal is worth $13.4 billion, according to Air Liquide, which has a corporate hub in Houston, a research and development center in Newark, Del., and operations in Bucks County.
November 18, 2015 |
THE FRENCH national soccer team sent a bold message to ISIS on Monday. Screw you! On Friday, a match between Germany and France was interrupted at the Stade de France when terrorists detonated explosive vests just outside the stadium as part of the synchronized attacks on Paris. The next day, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, in which 129 were killed and 350 were wounded. There was talk of canceling future games, but the French team has decided to soldier on. On Tuesday afternoon, it will take on England at London's Wembley Stadium (3 p.m. Fox Sports 1)
November 16, 2015 |
With a blue, white, and red French flag gently fluttering beneath the LOVE sculpture in the park that bears its name, hundreds of French nationals and sympathizers gathered Saturday night for a solemn vigil contemplating deaths in Paris. Votive candles flickered below the flag, arranged in a circle of peace with an outline of the Eiffel Tower at the center. The crowd, many with bowed heads, lost itself in contemplation of the attacks carried out Friday night thousands of miles away.