First, Christian Constant created a towering sculpture in solid chocolate, dozens of stylized chocolate bars soaring in a turbulent column skyward, out of an immense cracked chocolate egg. The Renaissance of Chocolate, he called it.
A French court is expected to hand down a verdict fraught with consequences for Europe's economies Wednesday when it decides, in effect, whether the president of the Bank of France, Jean-Claude Trichet, still has a chance of becoming the next president of the European Central Bank.
After a 14-year investigation, a French court on Friday convicted American financier George Soros of insider trading and fined him 2.2 million euros ($2.3 million), the amount prosecutors said he had profited from the trading. Soros, who was not present in the courtroom, called the verdict unfounded and said he would appeal.
When the Treaty of Rome was signed in March 1957, laying the groundwork for what is today the European Union, the heads of the six founding nations put their signatures to paper in the august main hall of a palazzo designed by Michelangelo.