Eleanor Beardsley

Eleanor Beardsley began reporting from France for NPR in June 2004, following all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture and gastronomy.

Beardsley has covered both 2007 and 2012 French presidential elections as well as the Arab Spring in Tunisia, where she witnessed the overthrow of the autocratic President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. She reported on the riots in French suburbs in 2005 and the massive student demonstrations in 2006. Beardsley has followed the Tour de France cycling race and been back to her old stomping ground — Kosovo — to report for NPR on three separate occasions.

Prior to moving to Paris, Beardsley worked for three years with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. She also worked as a television producer for French broadcaster TF1 in Washington, DC and as a staff assistant to Senator Strom Thurmond.

Reporting from France for Beardsley is the fulfillment of a lifelong passion for the French language and culture. At the age of 10 she began learning French by reading the Asterix The Gaul comic book series with her father.

While she came to the field of radio journalism relatively late in her career, Beardsley says her varied background, studies and travels prepared her for the job as well as any journalism school. "I love reporting on the French because there are so many stereotypes about them that exist in America," she says. "Sometimes it's fun to dispel the false notions and show a different side of the French. And sometimes the old stereotypes do hold up. But whether Americans love or hate France and the French, they're always interested!"

A native of South Carolina, Beardsley has a Bachelor of Arts in European history and French from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and a Masters Degree in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

Beardsley is interested in politics, travel and observing foreign cultures. Her favorite cities are Paris and Istanbul.

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The Salt
5:23 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The Labor

Traditional recipes for duck confit, or confit de canard, can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz's fake take cuts the steps down to five.
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Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 8:28 am

This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: We learn to make a "counterfeit" version of duck confit, a classic French dish that traditionally can take days to prepare.

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Europe
4:38 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

At Least 1,500 Migrants Attempt To Storm English Channel Tunnel In France

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:43 am

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Europe
7:41 am
Sun July 26, 2015

Analyst: Angry French Farmers Will Have To Adapt To Globalization

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:38 am

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Business
4:57 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

After Nuclear Deal, European Businesses Flock To Iran

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 9:22 pm

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The Salt
7:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

A Battle Royale To Keep McDonald's Out Of Historic Food Hub In Paris

The Arc de Triomphe is visible behind a McDonald's restaurant on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. The nation is now McDonald's second-biggest market, but one historic neighborhood known as "the belly of Paris" has pledged to keep it out.
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Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:33 am

The U.S. and Europe are in the midst of negotiating a historic trade deal that will create the world's largest consumer market: some 800 million people. Despite promises that the agreement will create thousands of new jobs, there's fierce resistance to it in Europe, especially when it comes to food.

Many Europeans say they want to preserve a way of life and eating that they say America's industrial farming and multinational corporations threaten. A smaller version of that battle is being fought in one Paris neighborhood known as "the belly of Paris."

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Europe
5:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

After Years Of Recession, Greeks Fear Bailout Will Only Make Lives Harder

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 3:46 pm

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Europe
4:43 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Greeks React To New Bailout Deal

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 8:30 pm

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Parallels
3:26 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Fond Memories — And Regrets — On Learning Of Omar Sharif's Death

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley saw Doctor Zhivago at age 14 and was instantly smitten with Omar Sharif, shown here in a scene from the film with Julie Christie.
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A couple of years ago, I was asked if I could do a "tape-sync" in Paris for Scott Simon, the host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday. A tape-sync is nothing glamorous; you just hold the microphone in front of the guest while the interviewer asks questions over the telephone. I was to send the good quality recorded sound to Washington, so the conversation wouldn't sound like a "phoner," as we call it.

Usually, with my own busy schedule, I don't have time to do tape-syncs. But I made time for this one because Scott Simon's interview was with Omar Sharif!

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Parallels
5:39 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Greeks Brace For Shortages At Home, Await Word On Fate From Abroad

People lined up on Wednesday to withdraw cash from a bank machine in central Athens. Banks remain shut this week and ATM withdrawals are limited to 60 euros (about $66) a day.
Emilio Morenatti AP

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 6:34 pm

Athenians gathered around a television screen at an outdoor café this morning to watch their prime minister at the European Parliament in Brussels. Alexis Tsipras talked of the "austerity experiment" being conducted on Greece and said reforms could not be carried out on the backs of the poor.

Sixty-year-old sculptor Nikos Talepolos was pleased.

"I thought it was a very good speech, but I'm afraid the poor people will have to pay for the mistakes of the bankers and those in power," he says. "We have no power against this blackmail of the European Union."

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Parallels
4:30 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

In Secular French Schools, One Group Wants To Talk Religion

A student attends a course on religion at a middle school in Metz, in eastern France, on June 5. French schools teach basics, like the history of religion, but discourage any displays of religious identity.
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Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:35 pm

For the past several years, the group Coexister has been going into secular French schools to break down religious stereotypes in the classroom.

Since January's attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, the demand for their interventions has skyrocketed.

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Europe
4:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Are The French Always On Vacation Or Does It Just Seem That Way?

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 10:48 am

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Europe
6:34 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Migrants In Calais, France, Try To Jump Aboard U.K.-Bound Trucks

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 9:20 pm

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Europe
5:04 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Migrants In French Camp Near English Channel Attempt To Get Into Britain

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 7:35 am

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Business
4:37 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

French Taxi Drivers Launch Nationwide Uber Protest

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 5:08 am

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Parallels
9:38 am
Sat June 20, 2015

At Waterloo Re-Enactment, History So Real You Can Taste It

Re-enactors prepare to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Battle of Waterloo in Belgium on Friday. Some 5,000 re-enactors, 300 horses and 100 canons are taking part over two days.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 6:41 pm

Tens of thousands of people have been gathering in the Belgian countryside over the last week to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. The bloody battle of June 18, 1815, marked the final defeat for Napoleon at the hands of a coalition of his enemies. The re-enactment is attracting history buffs, tourists and wannabe soldiers.

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History
5:08 am
Thu June 18, 2015

200 Years After Waterloo, Napoleon Still Divides Europe

French lawyer Franck Samson, dressed as Napoleon, takes part in a re-enactment of the Battle of Ligny in central Belgium on June 14. The re-enactment of Ligny, Napoleon's last victory, is part of bicentenary celebrations of the Battle of Waterloo.
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Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 2:05 pm

Two centuries ago this week, a coalition of European forces defeated Napoleon in an epic battle outside the city of Brussels. The continent is united these days, but the Battle of Waterloo still has the power to divide.

Napoleon Bonaparte was first defeated and sent into exile in 1814, but he didn't stay there.

In a period known as the 100 days, Napoleon regrouped his loyal army and marched into Belgium. There, he was met by a coalition led by the English and the Prussians. Only by combining forces were Napoleon's enemies finally able to beat him.

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Europe
8:01 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Acquitted Of Aggravated Pimping

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 11:46 am

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Sports
5:08 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Amid Scandal, FIFA President To Resign Just Days After Being Reelected

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 2:15 pm

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Europe
4:32 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Paris Officials Begin Removing Love Locks From Iconic Bridges

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 1:38 pm

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The city of romance has had enough of love - well, love locks. Officials in Paris say the padlocks attached to bridges by lovebirds threaten the city's historic architecture and public safety. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sent this report.

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Sports
5:18 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Sepp Blatter Reelected To 5th Term As FIFA President

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:20 pm

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