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Supposedly Dead Guy Found Alive, Living in Castle

Ukrainian suspect was arrested earlier this month

(Newser) - A supposedly dead Ukrainian fugitive was found earlier this month living like a king, literally. French police detained the man—law enforcement authorities say he is a "high-profile" person but identified him only as "King of the Castle"—on Oct. 5 near Dijon, where he had been... More »

Hunter Shoots Cyclist Dead

Marc Sutton had just opened a restaurant in French town of Le Gets

(Newser) - A prosecutor says a hunter shot and killed a 34-year-old bicyclist in the French Alps in what appears to be an accident, the AP reports. Thonon-Les-Bains prosecutor Philippe Toccanier says the 22-year-old hunter was hospitalized for shock after the Saturday evening shooting and couldn't be taken into custody while... More »

Nazi Hunters Who Found 'Butcher of Lyon' Honored

Serge and Beate Klarsfeld receive some of France's top awards from Macron

(Newser) - When they married in 1963, Serge and Beate Klarsfeld swore a lifelong mission together: to track down Nazis, by both "legal and illegal" methods, so justice could be meted out. Among those they found was ex-Gestapo officer Klaus Barbie—aka "the Butcher of Lyon"—in 1971 in... More »

The Woman Looked Like a Man. It Was Their Man

French prosecutor explains how Redoine Faid was apprehended

(Newser) - How do you track down a fugitive who managed to bust his way out of prison with the aid of a helicopter and a grinding machine ? By noticing when a woman has the body of a man, apparently. The BBC reports on how police apprehended Redoine Faid in his... More »

His Escape Was Incredible, but His Time on the Run Is Up

Redoine Faid captured 3 months after breaking out of prison in France

(Newser) - In the Hollywood version, the criminal makes a daring prison jailbreak via helicopter and spends the rest of his life drinking wine on an island. In the real-life version, he ends up back behind bars. Such is apparently the fate of French robber Redoine Faid, who had been branded the... More »

Once Thought Great Idea, Artificial Tire Reefs Now Leaking Toxins

France is reversing failed project

(Newser) - Divers in France are removing what was considered a great idea in the 1970s and 1980s: an artificial reef made up of thousands of old tires. More than 25,000 tires were sunk off the coast of the French Riviera to create a habitat for marine life, but fish avoided... More »

300K Sign Petition Supporting Bus Driver Who Slapped Boy

Boy ran into road, then insulted driver after driver chided him

(Newser) - A French bus driver who slapped a 12-year-old boy who ran out into the road faces disciplinary action—but more than 300,000 people so far have signed a petition supporting the driver. (See the petition here ; link is in French.) After the driver was forced to brake hard... More »

Le Pen: I'm Defying Order for Psych Evaluation

Far-right leader in France says it shows how far her political opponents will go

(Newser) - A firebrand politician of the far right in France has been ordered by a court to undergo a psychiatric evaluation—and Marine Le Pen is daring the court to force her to do so. The leader of the National Rally broke the news herself in a (French-language) tweet , saying that... More »

Steps From Kim Kardashian Robbery, Thieves Hit a Princess

Saudi princess says $925K worth of jewels was stolen from her Paris hotel suite

(Newser) - Police have stepped up their presence in a Paris neighborhood ever since Kim Kardashian endured a frightening jewel robbery in her hotel there in 2016. That didn't stop another apparent heist on Friday afternoon from the Paris Ritz, where an unnamed Saudi princess said jewels worth more than $925,... More »

Growing Crisis for Macron: Bodyguard Beats a Protester

Alexandre Benalla has been fired, and police raided his home Saturday

(Newser) - Paris prosecutor's office says investigators have raided the house of one of French President Emmanuel Macron's top security aides, who was caught on camera beating a protester in May. The presidential Elysee Palace fired Alexandre Benalla a day before police raided his home Saturday morning in the Parisian... More »

A Guillotine That Beheaded No One Stirs Up Controversy

It was purchased last week in France for $9K

(Newser) - It wasn't one of the guillotines actually used to behead people, but the sale of it has still stirred up some controversy in France. The mid-19th-century replica was sold last Wednesday in an auction that lasted just 2 minutes, with a French multimillionaire named Christophe Février snapping it... More »

Young World Cup Star Gives Away Winnings

Pele praises Kylian Mbappe

(Newser) - Young French soccer star Kylian Mbappe had an amazing World Cup and while some say it's far too early to compare him to Pele, Pele does not agree. After France's win Sunday, the 77-year-old Brazilian soccer legend, the only other person to score in a World Cup final... More »

France Wins, Pussy Riot Zings

France beats Croatia 4-2 in exciting World Cup victory

(Newser) - France has clinched its second World Cup title with a 4-2 win over Croatia in a dramatic final in Moscow featuring a series of firsts and a pitch invasion orchestrated by Russian protest group Pussy Riot, the AP reports. France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and... More »

Notorious French Inmate Makes Brazen Helicopter Prison Break

Redoine Faid was freed by armed men in balaclavas

(Newser) - A notorious French criminal serving 25 years for murder made an audacious escape from prison Sunday after several heavily armed men landed a helicopter in a courtyard, freed him from a visiting room and carried him away. Per AP , it was the second daring escape by Redoine Faid, who once... More »

French Butchers Have Beef With Vegan 'Terror' Campaign

Meat sellers are now seeking police protection

(Newser) - Graffiti, smashed windows, even shops splattered with blood. This is the "terror" being set upon meat purveyors in France, the head of the French Federation of Butchers tells the BBC , all part of a campaign by vegans to intimidate "in their aim of making a whole section of... More »

Anthony Bourdain's Toxicology Report Reveals One Substance

Late culinary star only had a dose of nonnarcotic medicine

(Newser) - With French police calling Anthony Bourdain's death a suicide , only one investigative question remained: What substances were in his body? The answer: none, save a therapeutic dose of nonnarcotic medicine, a French prosecutor tells the New York Times . "No trace of narcotics. No trace of any toxic products,... More »

Macron Scolds a Teen, and It Goes Viral

'Call me 'Mr. President,'' says French leader

(Newser) - "How's it going, Manu?" That's how a French teen greeted French President Emmanuel Macron at a WWII remembrance event on Monday, using a common nickname. Big mistake. "No, you can't do that, no, no, no, no," said Macron, who stopped to issue a scolding... More »

Ex-Bosses Go on Trial After Office Suicides

France Telecom's former CEO, Didier Lombard, is among them

(Newser) - Several top executives of a French telecom are slated to stand trial for employees who killed themselves in what prosecutors have called a culture of "moral harassment," the BBC reports. France Telecom's former CEO, Didier Lombard, and six managers are facing $35,000 fines and two years... More »

Bourdain's Ashes to Head Stateside

CNN confirms chef was cremated in France

(Newser) - Anthony Bourdain was cremated in France on Wednesday, with his ashes to be sent to the US on Friday, a week after the beloved chef was found hanged, People reports, citing a source. A CNN rep confirms Bourdain has been cremated, per E! News . Bourdain had been in France filming... More »

Germany Pokes Trump on Twitter Politicking

'You can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters,' the German leader said

(Newser) - President Trump announced the US won't endorse a G-7 statement of shared priorities on trade and other key issues, in an apparent squabble with Canada's prime minister , and it has stirred up a lot of anger over in Europe. According to CNN , leaders in the French capital responded... More »

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