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Fashion Designer Comes Clean on Her Youthful Glow

Vivienne Westwood reveals she only bathes once a week

(Newser) - Vivienne Westwood is known for her punk and new-wave style, and now also for her hygiene habits. The Guardian reports the 76-year-old British fashion designer was in Paris over the weekend for Fashion Week, and after her show put together with husband Andreas Kronthaler, Westwood was asked by reporters how... More »

Restaurant Sees 'Remarkable' Change After Diners Disconnect

They're actually talking to each other, says Marco Canora of Hearth

(Newser) - "We want people to have an experience that is calm," says Chef Marco Canora of his revamped Hearth restaurant in New York City. Apparently that means phones should be out of the picture. After noticing how often diners appeared more engaged in their phones than in their company... More »

Job Opening Could Be 'Glorious Folly' for One Lucky Couple

Current caretakers of the deserted island of Quemenes are moving on

(Newser) - It's the perfect job for someone who prefers the minimum amount of human interaction. The French government is looking for a couple to take care of the deserted Brittany island of Quemenes. The mile-long island in the Molene archipelago off the Breton coast was occupied by humans for thousands... More »

Alleged Online Drug Lord Tripped Up by Beard Contest

Gal Vallerius nabbed in Atlanta en route to beard competition

(Newser) - People in trouble with the law often grow a beard, or don a fake one, to avoid notice. In Gal Vallerius' case, his beard is what did him in. Vallerius, who authorities believe is an administrator for a dark web narcotics site, was arrested Aug. 31 at Atlanta's airport... More »

Acclaimed 3-Star French Chef: I Want Out of Michelin

Sebastien Bras has had it with the pressure of being in the guide

(Newser) - To receive a Michelin star, let alone three, is a coveted honor for most chefs. But Sebastien Bras isn't most chefs, announcing Wednesday he wants his restaurant, Le Suquet in Laguiole, France, out of the famous guide due to the pressure, the Guardian reports. The three-star chef made his... More »

4 Americans Hurt in France Acid Attack Attend Boston College

College says they're fine, 'considering the circumstances'

(Newser) - The four young American women sprayed in the face with acid in a train station in France Sunday morning are Boston College students studying overseas. The women, all juniors, have been identified as Courtney Siverling, Charlotte Kaufman, and Michelle Krug, who are studying in the school's Paris program, and... More »

4 US Tourists Injured in Acid Attack in France

2 of the 4 were hospitalized; police see no link to terrorism

(Newser) - Police say an acid attack on four American tourists in France Sunday morning was not terror-related, ABC News reports. The four women, all in their 20s, were attacked around 11am local time while waiting to board a train to Paris at Marseille's Saint Charles station. Police say the attacker,... More »

French Have Field Day With Whole Foods Cheese Map

The inaccuracies are inspiring widespread sass

(Newser) - In cheese-loving France, there's plenty of regional pride for which places first made, or exclusively produce, each fromage. So when Whole Foods displayed a French cheese map with glaring inaccuracies, an online melee ensued, reports Eater . It all started when French expat Mikaël, who lives in DC, on... More »

In Case of Missing French Girl, Man Charged With Kidnapping

Maelys de Araujo's DNA was allegedly found in suspect's car

(Newser) - One week after 9-year-old Maelys de Araujo went missing from a family wedding in the French Alps, a man has been charged with kidnapping. As search and rescue teams continued to scour the area for Maelys, investigators on Sunday charged a 34-year-old in connection with her disappearance. The Grenoble prosecutor... More »

By Live-Streaming Her Suicide, Teen Set a Tragic First

'I’ve got to the stage where nothing can make me happy anymore'

(Newser) - In the final moments of Océane's life, these were some of the messages she received from humanity: "Show us your tits." "Retard." "Will you marry me?" "Kill yourself." At 4:29pm on May 10, 2016, the French 18-year-old threw herself under... More »

In Paris, a New Place for Nudists

Section of Bois de Vincennes park will be open to naturists (but not voyeurs)

(Newser) - A parks and rec official in Paris is lauding an "open-minded vision" for one of the city's parks—specifically, an out-of-the-way section of the Bois de Vincennes park that is open to nudists until Oct. 15. AFP reports on the naturism experiment, which permits visitors to strip down... More »

Thieves Drill Through Paris Catacombs, Steal $300K of Wine

More than 300 bottles stolen from cellar near Luxembourg Gardens

(Newser) - The catacombs 65 feet under Paris are home to the bones of 6 million people, tours, illegal parties, secret film festivals, and—on one recent night—thieves making off with nearly $300,000 worth of fancy wine. The Guardian reports thieves drilled into a cellar belonging to an apartment near... More »

Search Underway After French Girl, 9, Vanishes at Wedding

Police have now launched a kidnapping investigation

(Newser) - Police have opened a kidnapping investigation as searches continue for a 9-year-old girl who vanished from a family wedding in the French Alps Sunday. The Local reports that authorities have scoured the area, using helicopters, police dogs, divers, and cavers around France’s southeastern Isère region to track down... More »

Brad, Angelina Forced to Pay $730K to Designer

French appeals court sided with designer in April

(Newser) - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were ordered to pay $730,000—all because Pitt apparently wanted to light up their French chateau. In an April court case only now being reported, the former couple were ordered to pay $660,000 plus $70,000 in reputation-related damages after allegedly stopping payments... More »

2 Friends Died While Eating Dinner. Now Mystery Is Solved

And it turns out they were 'stupid' deaths

(Newser) - Olivier Boudin and Lucien Perot were close friends, almost like "father and son," according to one person who knew them. So locals were baffled when the two French men were found dead over a backyard garden dinner at Perot's home last Thursday, 69-year-old Perot sitting at the... More »

Macron Plan Booed as 'Americanization' of France

280K sign petition against formal first lady role

(Newser) - Some 280,000 people have signed a petition in protest of the "Americanization" of French politics. Before his election, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to create a "defined" First Lady position for his wife, which would mean giving Brigitte Macron her own office and staff, reports Reuters . But... More »

'Exceptional' Roman Site Dug Up in France

It's a 'real little Pompeii,' says lead archaeologist

(Newser) - Archaeologists are calling an ancient Roman neighborhood discovered in southeast France a "real little Pompeii" dotted with well-preserved mosaics, shops, and noble homes. "We're unbelievably lucky. This is undoubtedly the most exceptional excavation of a Roman site in 40 or 50 years," lead digger Benjamin Clement... More »

Bear Panics 200 Sheep, and They Jump to Their Deaths

Bodies have been found along France/Spain border

(Newser) - Hundreds of sheep in a herd belonging to a farmer in Couflens in the southwest of France have plunged to their deaths in what appears to be a bear attack on one of the sheep. As the Guardian reports, the attack on one is believed to have frightened the 209... More »

Promising Singer Dies Mid-Concert

France's Barbara Weldens may have been electrocuted

(Newser) - A French singer whose career was on the rise collapsed and died on stage, reports the BBC . Barbara Weldens, 35, had been performing as part of a music festival in the village of Goudron. It wasn't immediately clear what happened, but police are investigating the possibility that she was... More »

Macron Treats Trump to Extravagant Bastille Day Parade

Celebration included US service members to mark 100 years since US entered WWI

(Newser) - Emmanuel Macron's first handshake with President Trump in May may have suggested a confrontational start, but the French president has pulled out all the stops for Trump's visit to his country. On Thursday, there was dinner in the Eiffel Tower , and on Friday, Trump was regaled with an... More »

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