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'Hero' Cop Who Swapped Self for Hostage Is Dead

Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was among the first responders

(Newser) - A French police officer who offered himself up to an Islamic extremist gunman in exchange for a hostage died of his injuries, raising the death toll in the attack to four, and the officer was honored Saturday as a national hero of "exceptional courage and selflessness." Lt. Col.... More »

France Hostage-Taker Kills 3 in Supermarket

Police shoot him dead, are investigating possible terror connection

(Newser) - An armed man took hostages in a supermarket in southern France on Friday, killing three people and injuring about a dozen others before being shot to death when French police stormed the market, authorities said. French President Emmanuel Macron said all evidence suggested that it was a terror attack—the... More »

Sarkozy: My Life Is a 'Living Hell'

Former French president denies he received suitcases of cash from Moammar Gadhafi

(Newser) - Former French President Nikolas Sarkozy is facing serious corruption allegations , but he not only denies them, he says they cost him the presidency. "This calumny has made my life a living hell since March 11, 2011," he told a French court this week after being placed under formal... More »

Sarkozy Taken Into Custody Over Alleged Suitcases of Cash

Investigators examining claims he received millions from Moammar Gadhafi's regime

(Newser) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed in custody on Tuesday over allegations he received millions of dollars in illegal financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A judicial source with direct knowledge of the case tells the AP that Sarkozy is being held at the... More »

French Baker Who 'Worked Too Hard' Fined $3.7K

He violated law saying bakeries must close one day a week

(Newser) - Is France unfairly punishing hardworking business owners? Or protecting people from overwork? Opinions are split in the case of Cedric Vaivre, the baker who wouldn't take a break. Vaivre, who runs the only bakery in the northern French town of Lusigny-sur-Barse, population 2,000, has been fined $3,700... More »

Bannon Tells Le Pen's Party: 'Let Them Call You Racist'

Former White House strategist advises the French

(Newser) - Steve Bannon continued his European tour Saturday as a surprise speaker for the struggling National Front party in Paris, NBC News reports. The former White House strategist paced the stage for half an hour, bathing in applause and urging members to embrace some of their critics' worst epithets. "Let... More »

After Girls' Cases Spur Uproar, France Sets Consent at 15

The two cases in question involved 11-year-olds

(Newser) - France will introduce a legal age of consent, and it'll be 15—four years older than the ages of the two girls whose cases sparked the calls for such an age limit. Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa on Monday announced that 15 had been selected after consulting in part with... More »

Boy Dies After Falling Off Cliff at Ski Resort

His younger brother, 10, survived in French Alps accident; man dies in separate incident

(Newser) - Two separate ski vacations, two separate tragedies in the French Alps over the weekend. The first involved a boy said to be 12 or 13, who died after falling off a cliff at the Avoriaz ski resort, report the BBC and Mirror . Per LCI News, the boy and his 10-year-old... More »

Painting Stolen From Museum in 2009 Just Found on Bus

'The Chorus Singers' by Edward Degas is worth nearly $1M

(Newser) - A 141-year-old painting worth nearly $1 million turned up on a bus outside of Paris this month—over eight years after being stolen from a museum, the New York Times reports. According to the BBC , The Chorus Singers by Edward Degas, a French Impressionist master, was stolen from a museum... More »

Skater's 'Worst Nightmare' Takes Place on Olympic Ice

French skater Gabriella Papadakis' top slipped down, exposing part of her breast

(Newser) - First it was figure skater Yura Min whose costume glitch caused her a moment of distress at the Olympics. Now one of Min's French counterparts can claim the same, though Gabriella Papadakis' experience led to a bit more on-ice embarrassment. As Papadakis started her short program routine Monday with... More »

Nearly 30 Years After Disappearance, Serial Killer Confesses

Lawyer says 1990 killing of British student in France has been solved

(Newser) - British student Joanna Parrish disappeared in France after posting an advertisement for her services as an English teacher in a local newspaper, the Telegraph reports. A day after she was reported missing, her naked body was found in a river; she had been raped and strangled to death. That was... More »

Did Book Reveal Mastermind of Audacious 1976 Heist?

Jacques Cassandri, 74, is on trial

(Newser) - Prosecutors in France say he was the mastermind behind the "heist of the century"—though "mastermind" might not be the best word for somebody who writes a book implicating himself in an unsolved crime. Jacques Cassandri, a 74-year-old organized crime figure in Marseille, is on trial for... More »

Chef Makes an Unusual Request, Michelin Grants It

It has allowed Sebastien Bras to give up his stars

(Newser) - In an unprecedented move, the Michelin guide allowed a three-star chef to withdraw his restaurant from its prestigious listings on Tuesday. Sebastien Bras had announced in September that he didn't want Le Suquet restaurant in southern France to figure in the guide anymore because of the huge pressure involved.... More »

Search Ends for Quiksilver CEO Lost at Sea

Police will now search beaches for clues

(Newser) - A search for missing Boardriders CEO Pierre Agnes has ended with no sign of the 54-year-old father of three, who is now presumed dead. Agnes had been fishing off the southwest coast of France early Tuesday when he told port authorities his return would be delayed because of thick fog,... More »

Lawyer on Alleged Killer: 'He Couldn't Control Himself'

Jonathann Daval admits to accidentally killing wife

(Newser) - Jonathann Daval wore his wedding jacket to his wife's funeral and delivered a tearful tribute to her at a memorial event, appearing the perfect image of a grieving husband, per the BBC and Guardian . Months after 29-year-old Alexia Daval's partially burned body was found in a wooded area... More »

Quiksilver CEO Went Fishing. Only His Boat Came Back

Pierre Agnes' boat was washed ashore in France

(Newser) - The CEO of surfwear brand Boardriders, which recently changed its name from Quiksilver, was declared missing at sea Tuesday after he went fishing off the coast of France—and only his boat came back. The French coast guard says it has launched a search and rescue operation for 54-year-old Philip... More »

French Baboons Get Their Planet of the Apes Moment

52 baboons escaped at a Paris zoo on Friday

(Newser) - It was a baboon hullabaloo Friday morning in France when 52 of the animals escaped their enclosure at the Paris Zoological Park, leading to an evacuation and police response, BuzzFeed reports. Zoo spokesperson Jérôme Munier says the excitement started when a staff member saw a baboon in a... More »

Supermarket Cuts Price of Nutella, Riots Ensue

'They are like animals,' shaken customer says

(Newser) - In scenes reminiscent of Black Friday—or possibly Brown Friday—violence erupted in supermarkets across France Thursday after a chain offered a discount on Nutella that may have been a little too steep. Shoppers jostled, pushed, and brawled in an effort to grab pots of chocolate hazelnut spread that had... More »

French Prison Guards Set Fire as Union Calls for 'Total Blockage'

They're striking for improved security

(Newser) - Protesting guards are blocking some of France's 188 prisons as a conflict triggered by attacks on guards enters its second week. About 100 guards protested in front of the Marseille prison on Monday, setting a small fire and blocking entrances. It wasn't immediately clear how many prisons were... More »

French Purists Don't Want Citizens To Say 'Smartphone'

They prefer 'mobile multifonction'

(Newser) - A society of high-minded French purists have deemed another English-derived word unfit for their language. According to the Local , Commission d'enrichissement de la langue française has zeroed in on the use of "smartphone." Known in English as the Enrichment Commission for the French Language, the group... More »

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