Rafale Has Gone From Long-Time Export Flop To Huge Success In 45 Days

There is no doubt about it, the French-built Rafale fighter is on a roll. Egypt suddenly sealed a deal for 24 of the multirole fighters in February, India finally consummated a reduced initial order of 36 jets, and now Qatar will purchase 24. After 20 years, the Rafale has gone from an export zero to export hero in a… » 4/30/15 4:07pm 4/30/15 4:07pm

Scenes From The Retromobile Show In Paris

The RÉTROMOBILE car show in Paris, France has largely focused on the classic car collections of the various exhibitors. However, this year, it's not just about actual classic cars. Indeed, the literature for this year claims the show has 41,000 square metres of artists, clubs, spare parts, scale models, and events...… » 2/07/15 10:21am 2/07/15 10:21am

Gunmen Kill 12 in Shooting at Paris Satirical Newspaper

Masked gunmen wielding Kalashnikovs and a rocket launcher killed at least 12 people and injured 10 more at the Paris offices of satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday before escaping. French president François Hollande called the shooting "unquestionably a terrorist attack." » 1/07/15 8:15am 1/07/15 8:15am

FIA does something useful, creates the R-GT Rally Cup

I've been ranting about the Jean Todt and his way to lead the FIA for quite some time. Weak is the best word to describe his efforts in F1, where he doesn't really make an impact and is unable to solve their financial problems. He also doesn't seem to have an answer to the constantly falling fan numbers. And yes,… » 9/30/14 10:16am 9/30/14 10:16am

The Woman In This 70s French VW Manual Looks Like She's In A Movie

This manual shouldn't be this interesting at all. It's a comprehensive operations manual for a 1974 VW Super Beetle, covering some really basic stuff — how to start the car, how to shift, how to use the indicators — but the model they chose and the way she's been shot make these images look like something from French… » 9/23/14 8:05pm 9/23/14 8:05pm

France Withholds Delivery Of Amphib Aircraft Carriers From Russia

The Mistral Class deal with Russia has been very controversial from the start, and in a major reversal today by the French Government, it looks like the delivery of Russia's new amphibious assault ships will be withheld due to that country's continued destabilizing involvement in the Ukrainian conflict. » 9/04/14 7:14pm 9/04/14 7:14pm

This Cadillac Is Exactly What Elvis Presley Would Have Driven As Batman

On a hapless quest through the internet for pictures of a "Cadillac boat," a reader stumbled across someone's long-neglected home-made custom job. It's a pink 1970something Cadillac, stretched into the shape of a guitar with fighter jet tail fins topping it of. What? » 6/10/14 10:46am 6/10/14 10:46am