THE BIG PICTURE
Tour de France 2012: Part two 
The 2012 Tour de France enters the final week with some tough climbs in the Pyrenees and a decisive individual time-trial remaining before the peloton races laps on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday.
(Christophe Ena/Associated Press)

THE BIG PICTURE

Tour de France 2012: Part two

The 2012 Tour de France enters the final week with some tough climbs in the Pyrenees and a decisive individual time-trial remaining before the peloton races laps on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday.

(Christophe Ena/Associated Press)

THE BIG PICTURE
Tour de France 2012: Part one 
Equal parts travelogue, party, and sport, the Tour de France enthralls us every year with spectacular scenery and fierce competition. Gathered here are images of the first week of the 99th Tour.
(Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/GettyImages)

THE BIG PICTURE

Tour de France 2012: Part one

Equal parts travelogue, party, and sport, the Tour de France enthralls us every year with spectacular scenery and fierce competition. Gathered here are images of the first week of the 99th Tour.

(Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/GettyImages)

MOVIE REVIEW
'The Fairy' delivers slapstick mash-up 
- ‘The Fairy’ may be as close as we’ll ever get to a live-action cartoon. The cheerfully surreal love child of three Belgium-based comedians, the film is a slapstick ballet that combines elements of Jacques Tati, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” “The Triplets of Belleville,” and “Napoleon Dynamite,” yet it flows with a dreamlike lunacy all its own.

MOVIE REVIEW

'The Fairy' delivers slapstick mash-up

- ‘The Fairy’ may be as close as we’ll ever get to a live-action cartoon. The cheerfully surreal love child of three Belgium-based comedians, the film is a slapstick ballet that combines elements of Jacques Tati, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” “The Triplets of Belleville,” and “Napoleon Dynamite,” yet it flows with a dreamlike lunacy all its own.

How the French are influencing a generation of helicopter parents
- After years of over-scheduling their kids, some moms and dads are taking cues from the French and backing off.
(KYLE T. WEBSTER/BOSTON GLOBE)

How the French are influencing a generation of helicopter parents

- After years of over-scheduling their kids, some moms and dads are taking cues from the French and backing off.

(KYLE T. WEBSTER/BOSTON GLOBE)

Angelina Jolie and Jack Black attend the “Kung Fu Panda 2” photocall during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival. 
(Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Angelina Jolie and Jack Black attend the “Kung Fu Panda 2” photocall during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival. 

(Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

France bans face-covering Islamic veil
- France’s new ban on Islamic face veils was met with a burst of defiance Monday, as several women appeared veiled in front of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral and two were detained for taking part in an unauthorized protest.

France bans face-covering Islamic veil

- France’s new ban on Islamic face veils was met with a burst of defiance Monday, as several women appeared veiled in front of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral and two were detained for taking part in an unauthorized protest.

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Competitors in the Sarenza High Heel 2010 Race from France and the United Kingdom run wearing shoes with heels higher than 8 cm.  The event took place in Paris.
(Photo: AP)

Competitors in the Sarenza High Heel 2010 Race from France and the United Kingdom run wearing shoes with heels higher than 8 cm.  The event took place in Paris.

(Photo: AP)