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The Internet Just Bought an 800-Year-Old Castle in France

For as little as $61 per person

(Newser) - The French castle about 200 miles away from Paris was built in the 13th century, captured twice by the English in the Middle Ages, sacked during the French Revolution, and partially burned down in 1932, the Guardian reports. Now the internet may have saved the Chateau de la Mothe-Chandeniers. According... More »

All of France Mourns Its Very Own 'Elvis'

Rock star Johnny Hallyday has died at age 74

(Newser) - Johnny Hallyday, France's biggest rock star for more than half a century and an icon who packed sports stadiums with his pumping pelvis and high-voltage tunes, has died. He was 74. President Emmanuel Macron announced his death in a statement early Wednesday, saying "he brought a part of... More »

Searching for a Foundation, They Found Treasure Instead

'I thought how I'd never again see something like it'

(Newser) - They were searching for an old infirmary. What they uncovered was an "exceptional and extremely rare treasure": 2,200 silver coins, 21 gold coins, a gold signet ring, gold foil, and a circular object also made of gold. It's a collection unlike any ever found, according to French... More »

After Shocking Cases Involving 11-Year-Olds, France to Set Age of Consent

It currently doesn't have one, and will likely set it between ages 13 and 15

(Newser) - Is a 13-year-old girl old enough to agree to sex with an adult? That's a question France is asking itself as the government prepares to set a legal age for sexual consent for the first time, the AP reports. Twice in recent weeks, French courts refused to prosecute grown... More »

Deer Kills Seasoned Hunter

'The antlers of the stag are like many knives piercing you'

(Newser) - A member of a French hunting party was killed Monday in what authorities are calling an exceedingly rare accident. Police say the unarmed 62-year-old man was acting as a beater (meaning trying to get game to leave their cover) for a hunting party in Compiègne national park, around 50... More »

US Couple Forced to Give Up Their $1.75M Pissarro

Artwork had been looted from Jewish family by French Vichy regime during WWII

(Newser) - A US couple loaned a valuable Camille Pissarro painting to a Paris museum earlier this year—and now they've lost it for good. "La Cueillette des Pois," or "Picking Peas," by the impressionist master was displayed in an exhibition at Marmottan and was recognized there... More »

Driver Plows Into Young Pedestrians in France

3 students hurt, but police don't think incident has any links to terrorism

(Newser) - A French prosecutor says a car that rammed into a group of students in the city of Blagnac was driven by a man known to have "psychiatric" problems. Toulouse prosecutor Pierre-Yves Couilleau told France's BFM television that three students were injured on Friday when the motorist drove into... More »

Leading Islamic Scholar Accused of Raping 2 Women

Tariq Ramadan is on leave of absence from Oxford

(Newser) - One of the world's leading Islamic scholars is on a leave of absence from the University of Oxford amid allegations that he raped two women. Tariq Ramadan, the Swiss-born grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, has denied the allegations made by the two women in France and filed... More »

'A Killer in the Wild' Takes Life of French Jogger

Alexia Daval's burned body was found Monday

(Newser) - The residents of Gray, France, number just 5,000, but on Sunday some 10,000 people took to the streets there in Alexia Daval's name. The 29-year-old's body was found last Monday, in a crime that the Times of London reports has raised the fears of female runners... More »

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 »

Terror in Marseille: Man With Knife Kills 2 at Train Station

Assailant shot and killed by paramilitary police during Sunday attack

(Newser) - A man with a knife attacked people at the main train station in the southeastern French city of Marseille on Sunday, killing two women before paramilitary soldiers fatally shot the assailant, officials said. French police warned people to avoid the Saint Charles train station, tweeting that an operation was underway.... 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 »

Tabloid Must Pay Up Over Topless Pics of Kate

Magazine, photographers ordered to pay $120K in damages

(Newser) - A French court has given maximum fines but awarded limited damages in the case of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge that outraged the British royal family, reports the AP . The court in a Paris suburb ruled Tuesday that three photographers and three newspaper executives invaded the privacy of... 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 »

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