France http://nhpr.org en Bombino: Music With A Tuareg's Heart http://nhpr.org/post/bombino-music-tuaregs-heart <p>The Tuareg have been fighting the government of Mali on and off for more than a century. Their rebellion intensified when the fiercely independent Tuareg allied themselves with Islamic Jihadists to fight the government and made huge territorial gains in the north of the country.</p><p>This week, the French launched a military intervention in Mali- once a French colony. The U.S. State Department is also considering limited involvement, including logistical support and training for intervention forces in the region. The Tuareg, however, just want to continue eeking out their lives in the desert.</p><p>Filmmaker <strong>Ron Wyman</strong> tracked Bombino down in Burkina Faso, where he was living in exile. That was the beginning of a creative collaboration that produced the iTunes best-selling album, Agadez and the feature film, <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1704686/">Aga</a><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1704686/">dez</a><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1704686/">: The Music and the Rebellion</a>. </em>We spoke with Ron in March about discovering Bombino, and we thought hearing him again would provide a timely window into a little known tribe of nomads who are now in the news.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:52:40 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20194 at http://nhpr.org In France, Fiery Leftist Candidate Strikes A Nerve http://nhpr.org/post/france-fiery-leftist-candidate-strikes-nerve <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LMEvmVplxY</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 22:11:07 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 3320 at http://nhpr.org In France, Fiery Leftist Candidate Strikes A Nerve Let Them Eat Funnel Cake: A Napoleon-Based Theme Park for France http://nhpr.org/post/let-them-eat-funnel-cake-napoleon-based-theme-park-france No celebrity can be truly world renown unless they have their own theme park. Mickey Mouse and Disney have theirs. Now, Napoleon might get his chance too.<p>Christian Mantei the head of Atout France, the tourism group supporting the endeavor, once told the <a href="http://www.yvesjego.com/actualite-le-parc-napoleon-dansthe-economist.html"><em>The Economist</em></a> that "bosses at Disneyland Paris once said that only Napoleon had the stature to take on Mickey Mouse".<p>Well, that epic battle may become a reality. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:41:00 +0000 Xavier Lacombe 1976 at http://nhpr.org Let Them Eat Funnel Cake: A Napoleon-Based Theme Park for France