Thanksgiving: an annual reminder

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The North-American continent is getting ready for Thanksgiving, one of the major celebrations in the United States and Canada. Turkeys, cranberries, mashed potatoes or some pies, everybody gathers around a delicious family meal. This year, the holidays would be celebrated on Thursday 23rd of November.

What are the origins of this holiday?

At the origins the term referred to a peasant’s celebration, in certain European countries, where they thanked God with prayers for the happiness they could enjoy during the year. Thanksgiving commemorates the help given by the natives to the Pilgrims of the Mayflower at their arrival in the New World, known today as the United States of America.

Some would say that this commemoration tends to overshadow the massacres committed by the English on the Native Americans, as if at the time the encounter of the two cultures were peaceful and graceful.

In any event, now the holidays is more a way to gather the family and friends around a good meal rather than a commemoration of the ancestors. It has become a commercial celebration, during which people exchange gifts, joy, and are thankful.




Tribute to David Cassidy

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The teen idol David Cassidy died on Tuesday, at the age of 67. The singer and star of the television series “The Partridge Family” passed out in Florida due to a hepatic insufficiency.

David Cassidy had known a big success in the United States by embodying the character of Keith Partridge in the musical television series broadcast during the 70s. The series was about a widow and her children who decide to form a rock ‘n’ roll band. Cassidy then dashed into a solo career with a lightning success: more than 12 albums and 30 million sales. Hollywood pays tribute to an actor and a “talented and nice” singer.

In 2011 he took part in the casting of “The celebrity apprentice”, a program inspired by  Donald Trump’s “the apprentice” , where the actor as the first one to be fired by the future president of the United States.

He was in an artificial coma since the critical deterioration of his liver and his kidneys. He was hospitalized in Fort Lauderdale, with his family at his bedside. He leaves behind him two children and an inheritance in the pop-culture for all those born before the 80s.

Emma Férey, IEJ 3F

Paris Photo Show 2017

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This year, Paris Photo show takes place at Le Grand Palais with Karl Lagerfeld as the guest of honor. The show lasts three days (9th – 12th November). 

The Paris Photo Show is one of the world’s leading fairs for photography. This unique event offers an insight into the fine art of photography from its beginnings until today, and presents a future-oriented overview of global trends and available forms of expression in this medium. This year  different historic and classic works and a lot of  treasures were presented. Monochrome seems to be the biggest trend compared to last year, when  a lot of colors and big formats were displayed.

There is a real change compared to past years. An exhibitor of a big fair gallery said that “People were fed up with big formats, they don’t have any space on their walls. Those images gets old and become unfashionable.”  For example Jeff Wall, the photographer known for his big sophisticated staging, this year presented small works, one of which showing a flower window shop in Paris. Even Gregory Crewdson, an American, who usually chooses cinema scenes, exhibited tiny panoramic monochromes.

Patti Smith whose work is known for a lot of melancolic and intimate pictures, hand picked the menu of stands. But even if the works reduced in size, the prices are ever increasing.

Alice Grisol, IEJ 3EG2


Drake stopped a concert because of a sexual agression

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The Canadian superstar Drake interrupted his concert in a Sydney night club on Wednesday evening. Why ? Because a man was touching several girls in the audience. And the rapper threatened the wrongdoer for several minutes.

An act lacking of class in a night club named Marquee. While Drake was performing at the stage, he asked his beatmaker to stop the music. Suddenly, he pointed at the groper in the crowd and said: “If you don’t stop touching girls, I’m gonna come out here and f**k you up, bruh […] I’m not playing with you. If you don’t stop putting your hands on girls, I’m gonna come out there and f**k your *ss up.” His reaction, rare for a performer like him, has met a great success both in the club and on social media. We don’t know if this alleged groper was expelled of the Marquee NightClub. According to ABC News, Drake or his manager has not commented on this incident.

This event becomes symbolic with current accusations of sexual harassments in Hollywood and all over the world. An English singer did the same thing last summer, in the Netherlands. This member of the group Architects stopped the concert, just like Drake in Sydney. Such acts stand in stark contrast with the silence which reigns in Hollywood.


Wallid Addigue, IEJ 3E Groupe 2

Johnny Hallyday hospitalized in Paris for “respiratory distress”

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French singer Johnny Hallyday attends a ceremony at Place de la Republique square to pay tribute to the victims of last year's shooting at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Paris
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Johnny Hallyday is hospitalized on the night from Sunday to Monday for respiratory distress, report several French media today. The singer suffers from a lung cancer.

The singer of 74 year old has been urgently hospitalized in a hospital in Paris on the night from Sunday to Monday for respiratory distress, reveals the magazine “Voici”.  We learn that the rocker was brought by his wife Laeticia to the clinique Bizet in Paris 16th arrondissement. Johnny announced in March that he followed a treatment for a cancer, detected a few months before, while specifying that his days “were not in danger”.

Always under observation, Johnny Hallyday has to continue to take examinations today. His entourage hopes he will come out of the clinic tomorrow. For several weeks, the singer has been very weakened by his disease. The singer has difficulty walking and has to move at present in wheelchair. At the beginning of November, he was again operated on to strengthen  the bones and allow him to move more easily.

The announcement arrives on a day which corresponds to the launch of a new album, “We chose something from Johnny,” which is a cover album to pay tribute to Johnny Hallyday. In the album we find the singer Louane, Nolween Leroy, Amel Bent, or the singer Kendji Girac, Garou, Slimane, Patrick Bruel, Florent Pagny, Thomas Dutronc, and many others.

Laura Girard, IEJ3E

Da Vinci’s painting: the most expensive in the world

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The painting “Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo da Vinci was auctioned in New York on November 15th for the sum of to 450 million dollars (or 382 million euros). The painting represents the Christ dressed in renaissance style and wearing a royal badge while using his right hand to bless. For a half-century we had no news of this painting. Its price exceeds the one of Picasso’s painting “Les femmes d’Alger” which in 2015 was sold for 150 million euros.

Leonardo Da Vinci painted this masterpiece for Louis XII between 1506 and 1513. For the last half a century it had been lost.

The final price surprised even the specialists who had estimated the work at 100 million euros. The bids started at $ 70 million and there were 53 proposals in 19 minutes to arrive at the price of $ 400 million (450.3 $ million with fees and taxes).

This sale is exceptional. When it first went on sale in 1958, it was described as the work of a simple follower of Da Vinci. Since 2013; it was in possession of the Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev. The man who owns AS Monaco paid 108 million euros to the Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier at a private sale.

This record sale proves well the current dynamism of the art market.

Romane Binckly, IEJ 3Egp1

Katerine sings “Moustache” in Jimmy Fallon’s Show!

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An amazing scene took place on Wednesday night! French singer, Philippe Katerine sang his song “Moustache” during The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Fallon had invited Katerine in his show broadcast on the NBC channel after kindly mocking him in July. Known to be a pretty special artist in his songs, the singer from Vendée, dressed in a white smoking, sang his song “Moustache” with dancers disguised as… Mustache.

Jimmy Fallon came to join Katerine on stage to sing the famous song. But before Fallon could sing, Katerine stuck a fake mustache on the presenter. So they could sing some “hahahaha”. This is the majority of the lyrics of the song because the song consists of pretending to laugh.

It’s a good happening that both artists have realized giving a very surreal scene. Katerine played the show’s game after Jimmy Fallon categorized his song as not to be listened to during one of the broadcasts aired last July. Far from being offended by what Fallon said, Katerine decided to accept the invitation by the production. A scene that has been seen more than 200,000 times on Youtube and the views continue to climb.

Alexandre Khaldi, IEJ3E1