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Le Pub, Sydney gets Napoleon living statue by Human Statue Bodyart

Human Statue Bodyart Napoleon human statue entertains at French themed Le Pub bistro, Sydney, Australia CBD...

Recently French themed club and bar, Le Pub, situated on Sydney's King Street, became the latest club - bar establishment in Sydney, New South Wales to enjoy a living human statue by creative arts agency, Human Statue Bodyart.

Napoleon entertained a crowd of patrons consisting of many French speakers, at the popular inner city club.

The Napoleon outfit and creation was brought to life and model / entertainer, John Spartan, who entertained at Le Pub for 2 hours on the busy Thursday night.

The costume mainly consisted of material, bodypaint, and of course, a Napoleon styled hat.

Creative artist Eva Rinaldi, led the team of artists at Human Statue who worked on the project. Eva said "The Napoleon human statue once again proved to be a huge hit for entertaining patrons. He's been one of our most popular and enduring creations over the years. Le Pub was absolutely delighted with our Napoleon creation. The Human statues are not only creative but they can also be very good for business. They have proved to increase patronage in a competitive entertainment and club environment and encourages patrons to stay longer... meaning they usually eat and drink more than they usually would also. It's a true win - win for all involved."

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Lean at the bar with a cold frothy beer or cosy up in a comfy booth for your journey; whatever your choice you won't be disappointed.

Complete with TAB, big screens, private dining and dual eating & dining areas, Le Pub hails all the elements of a true pub environment. A quick meal or a boozy lunch; after work drinks or an elegant function; Le Pub is your ideal retreat.

Celebrated publican Patrick Gallagher and his team have come together with Interior Designers Luchetti Krell to create an inspiring underground space that woos thirsty local workers and tempts all appetites.

Le Pub mixes the romance of Paris with the "every day" of the Metro; the glamour of the first class cabin converges with industrial elements reflecting steel works and underground construction effortlessly.

Eat & Drink...

Gallagher Hotels' award winning Executive Chef Ronny Ghantous has put together a menu that celebrates true French dining. After the success of the Union Hotel in North Sydney, Le Pub's menu has been refined to showcase the simplicity and robust flavours that Parisians enjoy as part of their daily lives. Grounded and accessible, Ghantous aims to promote "every day" French food; covering all the crowd favourites like Bouillabaisse and Bourguignon.

Meanwhile, Angela Gallagher has been busy pulling together an enviable wine list that features - amongst all the crowd favourites and many stunning surprises - a great selection of champagnes by the glass.

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A quick meal or a boozy lunch; after work drinks or an elegant function; Le Pub is your ideal retreat. Escape the bustling CBD and be transported to another era. Le Pub at once celebrates both the luxury of the late 1800's and the every day simplicity of a true Parisian styled bistro.

Nestled underground with dual entrances from both King and York Streets, Le Pub's interiors are cleverly inspired by the Paris Metro. Curved, tiled walls, light-ceilings, brass, copper & fluted glass await.

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PartyGaming Inks Deal With Aviation Club de France, by Greg Tingle - 9th May 2010

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PartyGaming has inked its B2B deal in France is applying for a French gaming licence.

This deal sees Aviation Club de France, a land-based gambling venue off the Champs Elysees in Paris and France's leading card room, maintain its world class status. The club is understood to sport in excess of 100,000 members. Aviation Club will join PartyGaming's French poker network when laws permits it to go ahead.

Aviation Club de France will join other gaming operators on the network including PartyGaming's own France-facing site, PartyGaming.fr, current French racing powerhouse Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU), and television broadcaster AB Groupe, following an agreement inked last month.

PartyGaming is keen to see the French gaming licence granted and don't foresee delays.

The licence system, which was approved by the French parliament last month, means that PartyGaming will switch off domestic casino and bingo when licensing is approved, resulting in the removal of annualised revenues of approximately $12m.

Media Man and its Casino News Media and Global Gaming Directory arms are very excited as to what this means to the continued global strategy and growth.

The gaming and news media world is following the progress of the PartyGaming deals in France to help evaluate their own strategy regarding gaming, government and land based projects.

Major U.S, Canadian and Australian based casinos and clubs are taking a very close look at this deal and how it pans out, advised a Media Man media and gaming spokesperson.


6th May 2010

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Aviation Club de France to join PartyGaming’s French Poker Network

PartyGaming, the world’s leading listed online gaming company, today announces its third B2B deal in France with an exclusive multi-year agreement to provide a white label online poker service for Aviation Club de France (“ACF”), one of the country’s most prestigious card rooms and private members clubs.

The new service, branded ‘ACFPoker’, will join PartyGaming’s expanding French poker network which will also include www.partypoker.fr. Once PartyGaming obtains the required licence and is operational, players on the network will benefit from a shared pool of player liquidity and operate on a single platform.

Founded in 1907 by four pioneering French aviators, today ACF has 100,000 members and is the leading card room in France. The club is a regular host of World Poker Tour’s events including the forthcoming Grand Prix de Paris to be held on 8-16 May 2010. The new online poker service will be promoted through a variety of channels to ACF’s extensive customer base.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Jim Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of PartyGaming, said:

“ACF is a great addition to our French poker network and allows us to directly connect with France’s offline poker players. This deal is a great strategic fit and together with our other B2B alliances in France, we are determined to establish a strong position in what we believe will become one of Europe’s largest poker markets.”

 

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France Caves Into EU Pressure: Will Legalize Online Gambling

France, which has long been against legalized online gambling, has finally conceded to European Union pressures. The country announced Friday it's plans to open the marketplace for external online gambling enterprises.

"The news is likely to help boost share prices in online gambling firms come Monday," expressed Jagajeet Chiba, Business writer for the Gambling911.com website. "These companies are always looking to expand in various markets and France is a lucrative one to be sure."

"[It's] no use denying the reality of online gambling and the expectations of French people," French Budget Minister Éric Woerth said.

While the measure represents the government acquiescing to pressure from the European Union to introduce competition in the sector, the gambling sector said the move does not go far enough, according to a Financial Times report.

Plans for a new online gambling bill are to be submitted to cabinet by the end of March.

The European Union has also been applying pressure on the United States to open its market to outside i-Gaming firms like William Hill and Ladbrokes.

Operators will be required to provide measures that prevent children from gambling online and control addiction. The illegal online industry is worth around €7bn ($9bn) and comprises 25,000 sites, said Mr Woerth. (Credit: Gambling911).

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France (French: IPA: [f??~s]), officially the French Republic (French: République française, IPA: [?epyblik f??~s?z]), is a country whose metropolitan territory is located in Western Europe and that also comprises various overseas islands and territories located in other continents. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. French people often refer to Metropolitan France as L'Hexagone (The "Hexagon") because of the geometric shape of its territory.

France is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra, and Spain. In some of its overseas departments, France also shares land borders with Brazil, Suriname, and the Netherlands Antilles. France is also linked to the United Kingdom via the Channel Tunnel, which passes underneath the English Channel.

The French Republic is a democracy that is organised as a unitary semi-presidential republic. It is a developed country with the sixth-largest economy in the world.[12] Its main ideals are expressed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. France is one of the founding members of the European Union, and has the largest land area of all members. France is also a founding member of the United Nations, and a member of the Francophonie, the G8, and the Latin Union. It is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council wielding veto power, and it is also an acknowledged nuclear power. It is considered as one of the post World War II great powers. France is the most popular international tourist destination in the world, receiving over 75 million foreign tourists annually.

The name France originates from the Franks, a Germanic tribe that occupied northern Europe after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. More precisely, the region around Paris, called Île-de-France, was the original French royal demesne.

Origin and history of the name
Main article: Name of France
See also: List of meanings of countries' names
The name France comes from Latin Francia, which literally means "land of the Franks or Frankland". There are various theories as to the origin of the name of the Franks. One is that it is derived from the Proto-Germanic word frankon which translates as javelin or lance as the throwing axe of the Franks was known as a francisca. Similarly, the Saxons are named after a variety of single-edged knives called the seax.

Another proposed etymology is that in an ancient Germanic language, Frank means free. However, rather than the ethnic name of the Franks coming from the word frank, it is more probable that the word is derived from the ethnic name of the Franks, the connection being that only the Franks, as the conquering class, had the status of freemen. The Merovingian kings claimed descent of their dynasty from the Sicambri, a Scythian or Cimmerian tribe, asserting that this tribe had changed their name to "Franks" in 11 BC, following their defeat and relocation by Drusus, under the leadership of a certain chieftain called Franko, although they had actually come from present day Netherlands, Lower Saxony, and possibly, ultimately Scandinavia. In German, France is still called Frankreich, which literally means "Realm of the Franks". In order to distinguish from the Frankish Empire of Charlemagne, Modern France is called Frankreich, while the Frankish Realm is called Frankenreich.

The word "Frank" had been loosely used from the fall of Rome to the Middle Ages, yet from Hugh Capet's coronation as "King of the Franks" ("Rex Francorum") it became used to strictly refer to the Kingdom of Francia, which would become France. The Capetian Kings were descended from the Robertians, who had produced two Frankish kings, and previously held the title of "Duke of the Franks" ("duces francorum"). This Frankish duchy encompassed most of modern northern France but because the royal power was sapped by regional princes the term was then applied to the royal demesne as a shorthand. It was finally the name adopted for all of the Kingdom as central power was affirmed over the entire kingdom.


Contrast and diversity
France is known around the world as a diverse country in its people, architectures and landscapes. About 56% of the French population claim to have foreign background [1] , which makes France one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Old and more recent immigrants came to France from the five continents (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas). China and the United Kingdom contributed most of its immigrants in 2005. France is also home of the highest point in Europe (Mont-Blanc 4,810 m; 15,780 ft) and one of the lowest points in Europe, Delta du Rhone, (-5 m; -15 ft). France is seventeen-times smaller than Brazil and half the size of Ontario, which means that one hour by plane or eight hours by car are enough to cross the whole country from one extremity to the other. Despite its size, France's landscapes are extremely varied from one region to another, ranging from Paris and its suburbs to high alpine territory to oceanfront resort towns.

On the one hand, France is highly densified with old architecture such as the city of Paris or the Centre of Troyes. The French Family Code is 200 years old and has been written under Napoleon. On the other hand, France is a highly developed country with an extensive highway network (for example: France is slightly bigger than California but its highway network is more than twice as long), 32,000 kilometres (20,000 mi) of railways (SNCF), along with modern ski resorts and gigantic malls. France is also the country with the fastest average internet connection speed (ADSL and more recently optical fibre in Paris), and in 2004, for the 3rd time in a row, the French healthcare system has been ranked number one in the world by the World Health Organisation.


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History of France

Rome to Revolution
The borders of modern France are approximately the same as those of ancient Gaul, which was inhabited by Celtic Gauls. Gaul was conquered for Rome by Julius Caesar in the 1st century BC, and the Gauls eventually adopted Roman speech (Latin, which evolved into the French language) and Roman culture. Christianity took root in the 2nd century and 3rd century AD, and became so firmly established by the fourth and fifth centuries that St. Jerome wrote that Gaul was the only region “free from heresy”.

In the 4th century AD, Gaul's eastern frontier along the Rhine was overrun by Germanic tribes, principally the Franks, from whom the ancient name of "Francie" was derived. The modern name "France" derives from the name of the feudal domain of the Capetian Kings of France around Paris. The Franks were the first tribe among the Germanic conquerors of Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire to convert to Catholic Christianity rather than heretical Arianism (their King Clovis did so in 498); thus France obtained the title "Eldest daughter of the Church" (La Fille Ainée de l'Eglise), and the French would adopt this as justification for calling themselves "the Most Christian Kingdom of France".

Existence as a separate entity began with the Treaty of Verdun (843), with the division of Charlemagne's Carolingian empire into East Francia, Middle Francia and Western Francia. Western Francia approximated the area occupied by modern France.

The Carolingians ruled France until 987, when Hugh Capet, Duke of France and Count of Paris, was crowned King of France. His descendants, the Direct Capetians, the House of Valois and the House of Bourbon, progressively unified the country through a series of wars and dynastic inheritance. The monarchy reached its height during the 17th century and the reign of Louis XIV. At this time France possessed the largest population in Europe (see Demographics of France) and had tremendous influence over European politics, economy, and culture. Towards the end of this era, France played a major role in the American Revolution by providing capital and some military assets to the anti-British rebels. The decisive French victory over Britain at the Battle of the Chesapeake followed by the French-led Siege of Yorktown in 1781 ended the American Revolutionary War and allowed the American independence over the British. (Wikipedia).


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Roulette is a casino and gambling game named after the French word meaning "small wheel". In the game, players may choose to place bets on either a number, a range of numbers, the color red or black, or whether the number is odd or even. To determine the winning number and color, a croupier spins a wheel in one direction, then spins a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track running around the circumference of the wheel. The ball eventually loses momentum and falls on to the wheel and into one of 37 (in European roulette) or 38 (in American roulette) colored and numbered pockets on the wheel.

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