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Louvre Spending $67M to Keep You From Getting Lost

President plans to make museum more accessible to everyone

(Newser) - Ever waited in a two-and-a-half-hour line at the world's most-visited museum? Its own president has, when he tried visiting the Louvre as a tourist, the New York Times reports. Now, Jean-Luc Martinez is working to make the museum more visitor-friendly—and tougher to get lost in. He's reorganizing... More »

France Still Hunting Elusive 'Big Cat'

But authorities no longer think it's a tiger

(Newser) - French authorities have entered a third day in their hunt for a "big cat" that sparked panic this week after being sighted in the Paris suburbs. Montevrain town hall official Cedric Tartaud says the "danger level" has dropped for residents, but authorities still can't say what kind... More »

Eiffel Tower's $38M Facelift Will Give You Vertigo

Glass floor panels apparently seemed like a good way to mark 125th anniversary

(Newser) - The Eiffel Tower has been given a vertigo-inducing face lift as organizers celebrate the Paris monument's 125th anniversary. The 1,063-foot tower now has see-through glass floor panels on its first level. The four small viewing sections, which cost $38 million, were unveiled to visitors yesterday. Though the first... More »

Iraqi PM: ISIS Plans Subway Attack in US

American officials downplay threat

(Newser) - While speaking to reporters at the UN today, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Ibadi made some news that seemed to catch everybody off guard: He said he had "credible" evidence that ISIS was planning subway attacks in the US and Paris, reports Reuters . US security officials quoted on and off... More »

110 Pounds of Cocaine Vanishes From Police HQ

Investigation underway to track down $3.3M worth of coke in Paris

(Newser) - Even Inspector Clouseau could figure out that someone messed up at Paris police headquarters. More than 110 pounds of cocaine—worth about $3.3 million—had been seized over the summer in raids and was assumed to still be stacked up behind a specially fortified door at HQ—until someone... More »

Louvre's Posh Garden Clogged With Rats

Animal lovers aren't exactly helping matters

(Newser) - Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp onto the grass in broad daylight, defying sanitation workers and scaring tourists visiting the site. The hot weather in Paris has brought out many picnicking visitors, whose garbage left in the garden is... More »

Paris Bridge Buckles Under 'Locks of Love'

Weight of padlocks collapsed fencing, shuts span temporarily

(Newser) - Campaigners against "love locks" might now be tempted to say "I told you so" to those who called them unromantic fools: An iconic Paris bridge was evacuated after the weight of padlocks left by couples collapsed a metal grill. Nobody was injured by the collapse on the... More »

Paris Bridges' Famed 'Love Locks' Facing Ban

Literally heavy symbol of devotion are now everywhere

(Newser) - "Love locks"—padlocks bearing the names of lovers who have thrown the key away—have become an iconic sight on the bridges of Paris, but campaigners say they're threatening to break the city's infrastructure. Two American women living in the city are spearheading a campaign to... More »

Smog in Paris Rivals Beijing's

City makes public transportation free in emergency measure

(Newser) - Air pollution that has turned the skies over Paris a murky yellow and shrouded much of Belgium for days forced drivers to slow down today and gave millions a free ride on public transportation. The belt of smog stretched for hundreds of miles, from France's Atlantic coast to Belgium... More »

Russia: We Have No Control Over Crimea Troops

Says troops are Crimean ahead of first face to face negotiations with West

(Newser) - Today will be a day of high-stakes diplomacy in Paris, as John Kerry meets with his Russian counterpart for the first time since Russia's invasion of Crimea—an invasion Russia is denying has even happened. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today repeated Russia's assertion that those aren't Russian... More »

Paris Jewel Thief Caught After He Kissed Hostage

He was trying to 'ease her trauma,' but the DNA did him in

(Newser) - Ah, l'amour. Police have captured an admitted jewel thief in Paris, and all because he made the last-second mistake of planting a kiss on his hostage. In April the 20-year-old, identified only as "Pierre G," and an accomplice allegedly followed a 56-year-old jewelry store employee home, where... More »

France Seeks a Rarity: A Woman for Its Pantheon

Only 2 of 73 buried there are female

(Newser) - France's Pantheon, completed in 1790, seeks to honor the country's "great men"—but the powers that be agree that the next great man probably should be a woman. Since the Pantheon's creation, only 73 people have been interred there. Only two of those are women,... More »

France Captures Newspaper, TV Shooting Suspect

He was accomplice to 1994 anarchist killings

(Newser) - After a two-day nationwide manhunt, French police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of a newspaper assistant photographer and three other attacks. The country's interior minister identified the suspect as Abdelhakim Dekhar, convicted in 1998 as an accomplice to an anarchist couple in a high-profile 1994 robbery and... More »

Man on Run After Shooting Up Paris Bank, Newspaper

He's suspected of a Friday news channel shooting as well

(Newser) - A manhunt is under way in Paris for a man believed to have opened fire at a newspaper office and a bank branch before hijacking a car. A man with a shaved head burst into the offices of left-wing newspaper Liberation this morning and opened fire, hitting a photographer's... More »

Corpse Found Hanging in Apartment After 8 Years

Mummified remains greet new owner in Paris

(Newser) - The proud new owner of an apartment in Paris opened the door to find a crazy, grisly thing: the mummified remains of the previous owner, reports AFP . Authorities think the man hanged himself eight years earlier, but the body went undetected because he lived such an isolated life. The 40-year-old... More »

Inside 30 Suitcases on Plane: 1.3 Tons of Cocaine

Paris seizure made on Air France flight from Venezuela

(Newser) - There's a joke about "high flying" in here somewhere: Cops at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport have found 1.3 tons of pure cocaine on an Air France jet. The coke was packed inside 30 suitcases on a flight from Venezuela, and had a street value of about... More »

French Train Crash Blamed on Faulty Rail Joint

But officials are calling death toll preliminary pending removal of wreckage

(Newser) - An official says a faulty rail joint may have caused yesterday's train derailment outside Paris that left six people dead. Pierre Izard, an official with the SNCF rail company, told reporters that investigators found that the joint had moved from its normal position. Officials said that another train had... More »

French Train Derails, Killing at Least 6

Train was carrying 385 passengers

(Newser) - An intercity train carrying at least 350 passengers from Paris to Limoges derailed today, killing at least six people and injuring more than 22, the BBC reports. The death toll was revised down from a previously reported seven. A rep for France's national railway says the train crashed into... More »

100 Arrested at Gay Marriage Protest in France

150K march in Paris

(Newser) - Gay marriage has been legal in France for a week now, but at least 150,000 Parisians are still pretty pissed about the new law, taking to the streets today in protest. Several hundred of the protesters clashed with police, throwing bottles and refusing to leave after the demonstration had... More »

Now a French Soldier Has Been Stabbed

Copycat or coincidence?

(Newser) - A uniformed French soldier was stabbed near Paris while on patrol today, prompting speculation that it may have been a copycat attack of Wednesday's London soldier slaying . The attacker is thought to be North African, and was wearing a robe and Muslim prayer cap, the Washington Post reports. He... More »

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