Chris Estrella, a Filipino social worker, says he led a troop of five porters out of a Mindanao jungle in January 2000 with a weather-beaten iron and leather box crammed with $25 billion of U.S. government bearer bonds.
In the packed front room of the Evi Evane restaurant in Paris, a customer watches as economist Ntina Nikolaou walks out of the kitchen and sets before him a 13.50 euro ($17.80) platter of melancholy Greek meatballs.
Along an Alpine fairway veiled between the private banks of Geneva and the lakefront estates of their jumpy Swiss depositors, Jean-Noel Bioul taps his wrist and offers clients the ultimate in luxury shielding for perilous economic times.
A French electrician who claims to own 271 unknown works by Pablo Picasso , valued at $80 million, has sent a shock wave throughout the country’s legal and artistic community, according to the Paris daily newspaper Liberation.
Woody Allen ’s “Midnight in Paris,” which features a cameo appearance by French first lady Carla Bruni , is the opening movie of the Cannes Film Festival , which starts on May 11, the event’s organizers said today.