Architecture of the Day: Check Out This Soon to Be Building in France Designed to Look Like a Tree

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Architecture of the Day: Check Out This Soon to Be Building in France Designed to Look Like a Tree
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Arbre Blanc (White Tree) is a planned mixed-use tower that sprouts balconies around its periphery, creating a silhouette reminiscent of a tree. The 17-story tower, which will be located in the center of Montepellier, France, will include housing, offices, a bar, and restaurant.

In Case You Missed It of the Day

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In Case You Missed It of the Day
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With an assist from Jay-Z and Kanye, François Hollande defeated incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday to become France's first Socialist president since François Mitterand in 1995. "Austerity can no longer be something that is inevitable," Hollande said following his win.

In related news, "austerity" is currently ranked No. 7 on Google Hot Trends, the real-time ranking of international search keywords.

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Non-Obama Socialist Story of the Day

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Non-Obama Socialist Story of the Day
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While conservative Americans keep misinterpreting President Obama as a socialist, France went out of their way to elect a legitimate socialist candidate, Francois Hollande, who won the first round of elections, trouncing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. Hollande's hypothetical victory could also mean socialism is redefined for some Americans, having only heard of it through criticisms of President Obama and marathon viewings of Red Dawn.

[theguardian]

This Might Not End Well of the Day: France's Burqa Ban Begins

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This Might Not End Well of the Day: France's Burqa Ban Begins
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This Might Not End Well of the Day: France's controversial ban on full-face veils went into effect on Monday, making the public wearing of burqas and niqabs subject to a fine of 150 euros ($217) and a citizenship course. Individuals charged with forcing women to wear full-face veils could receive a much larger fine and potential jail time