Without a doubt, Pamela Anderson is absolutely RIGHT in her opposition to torturing geese and ducks to make the French delicacy foie gras. We don’t often agree with PETA but we are grateful that Pam appeared before the National Assembly of France (and created quite a stir!) to plead her case. It’s horrifying, but ducks and geese are force fed (with a tube down their throats!) corn to enlarge their livers and produce foie gras. Pam describes foie gras as “a nonessential product unworthy of a civilized society” and we agree. 20 countries have banned the cruel practice and Pam wants France to do the same. At least she got their attention and many young French people agree with her.
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We knew that Johnny Depp had quite a nice estate in the South of France, but we didn’t realize he owned a whole VILLAGE until he put it up for sale! Price tag: 26 million. According to the LA Times, the 200 year old property is about 17 miles from Saint Tropez and consists of 37 acres, including over a dozen structures. The main house is 10,760 sq ft (12 bedrooms) surrounded by vineyards and several guest cottages, a chapel, a bar and restaurant and a workshop/garage. There is a painter’s studio, a children’s playroom, a gym, 2 pools, and a skateboard area. Furniture and personal belongings left behind are included in the sale.
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Looking like a typical American family on vacation in Europe, Nicole Richie and her musician husband Joel Madden and their kids Harlow and Sparrow took in the local sights. They did all the touristy stuff – sailed on a yacht, had a carousel ride, ate some ice cream, shopped, and took plenty of photos of each other.
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Macaulay Culkin HAS gotten rather seedy since he split up with Mila Kunis. He’s currently in France where he was seen having fun on amusement park rides at a giant fair called Foure du Trone. He seems happy but looks gaunt and has straggly hair up in a top knot. His clothes hang loose in his thin frame. We have to admit he does look like a French drug addict. Hopefully, he’s not. One thing for certain – he doesn’t look like he has 15 million dollars in the bank.
As a celebrity, Halle Berry is accustomed to getting her way. Imagine her complete shock when a custody judge ruled that she and her daughter Nahla CANNOT move to France with Halle’s fiance Olivier Martinez. At least for now. Nahla’s father Gabriel Aubry doesn’t want his child to move so far away but Halle was confident that she could convince the judge that Nahla would be “safer” in France because of paparazzi laws. Apparently the astute judge didn’t consider paparazzi to be a “danger” – just an annoyance. We’re happy for Gabriel – but you can bet Halle has NOT given up on this issue. She always gets what she wants.
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Rihanna’s “We Found Love” video has been BANNED – and you’re not going to believe WHERE! Of all places, France! Don’t they always claim to be much more sophisticated and tolerant than Americans? French authorities don’t like the “destructive behavior” in the video – or the pills, smoking, or shoplifting, slapping, or suggestive romantic scenes. So the video can only be shown after 10PM. (Above Rihanna with her fling and video costar Dudley O’Shaughnessy)
Bradley Cooper actually made “Hangover II” sound like a sophisticated art film when he discussed the movie in French. In an oddly serious interview in France, he analyzed the raucous movie and had his female interviewer mesmerized. How did he become so fluent in the language? Bradley studied French at Georgetown University and lived in France for six months.
We haven’t thought about Alain Delon for decades, but we were reminded by The Huffington Post that Delon celebrated his 75th birthday on November 8. During the 60’s and 70’s Delon was the French version of Johnny Depp. Not only was he drop dead gorgeous, but he had great European style. Envious men everywhere used to insist he was gay, but his many affairs and marriages and children cast doubt on that notion. We do recall seeing him sitting in a cafe at the height of his fame and we were stunned by his extravagant beauty.
Is ANYTHING more fascinating than an overdose of plastic surgery? It’s comforting to know this is not just an American indulgence. And this case involves TWINS – another obsession! These freakish looking twins were sexy guys on French TV in the 80’s. Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff had a primetime science fiction series called “Temps X.” They started getting plastic surgery in the 90’s and supposedly had chin and cheek implants and fillers and botox. Now they look like they should get a NEW science fiction series!
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni voted together in Paris. Rumors of infidelity continue to dog their marriage, but no women (or men) have come forward and sold their “kiss and tell” stories to magazines there, and the First Couple is still together. Did you know he is only 5’5” and always wears lifts in his shoes?