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Eiffel Tower Gets a Security Upgrade and Then Some

See-through panels are being set up at the north and south ends of the site

(Newser) - Goodbye metal fencing, hello glass walls: Paris authorities are building a permanent security belt around the Eiffel Tower, replacing the current fencing around it with more visually appealing bulletproof glass walls, reports the AP . The company operating France's most-visited monument says see-through panels are being set up at the... More »

Prosecutor: As Son Hung From Balcony, Dad Was Playing Pokemon Go

Meanwhile, Mamoudou Gassama gets praise all around after saving 4-year-old in Paris

(Newser) - The family of a French boy who was saved as he dangled from a fourth-floor balcony by a man dubbed "Spider-Man" is now calling Mamoudou Gassama's actions "incredible"—and shaking their heads at the child's father for leaving him unattended. Gassama is "truly a... More »

After Dramatic Rescue, France Makes 'Spider-Man' a Citizen

Immigrant rescued boy dangling from building

(Newser) - A young Malian immigrant whose rescue of a 4-year-old boy dangling from a building was declared "Incroyable!" by the French media has been rewarded with citizenship. Mamoudou Gassama was filmed by passers-by scaling the facade of the Paris building, climbing from balcony to balcony to reach the child... More »

Police Probe Deeper Into Paris Attack

And Chechnyan leader adds his two cents

(Newser) - A judicial official says a friend of the young man who rampaged through a central Paris neighborhood knifing passers-by has been detained in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, the AP reports. The friend is the third person French police have taken in for questioning since the suspect in the... More »

Why These Art Lovers Walked Around Naked

Nudists visit Palais de Tokyo for the first time

(Newser) - Nudists visited a Paris art gallery for the first time Saturday and perused its exhibitions completely au naturel, the BBC reports. The Palais de Tokyo allowed the 161 visitors to drop off their garments at coat-check and walk around naked, a moment hailed by the Paris Naturist Association. "The... More »

She Survived the Holocaust, Is Murdered in Paris

Mireille Knoll, 85, stabbed and burned; man known to her is in custody

(Newser) - An 85-year-old Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust was murdered and her body burned in what Paris police are now investigating as a hate crime. Mireille Knoll was stabbed at least 11 times before her Paris apartment was set ablaze Friday, report the Local and the BBC . Two male suspects,... 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 »

All Jewels Recovered After Botched Paris Heist

At least 2 suspects are still at large

(Newser) - Paris authorities have recovered all the jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in a dramatic heist , but they are still searching for two thieves who got away, officials say. Three perpetrators "entered by the service entrance, smashed the jewelry stands, grabbed jewels that were clearly expensive with the help... More »

Jewel Thieves Hit One of World's Most Famous Hotels

3 arrested after heist at Ritz Paris

(Newser) - Armed thieves entered the luxury Ritz Hotel in Paris and stole valuable jewels and other goods from a hotel boutique Wednesday, carrying out an unusually brazen heist in one of the world's most prestigious neighborhoods. Three suspects were quickly arrested near the chic Place Vendome in central Paris, but... More »

Bizarre 1-Ounce Discovery Made on a Paris Rooftop

It's the first time the French capital has seen such a thing

(Newser) - Urban scientists and Paris foodies are getting excited about a bizarre discovery atop a hotel near the Eiffel Tower: the first-ever wild truffle growing in the French capital. It's just one 0.9-ounce winter truffle. But truffles normally sprout only in limited areas of southern Europe, and are so... More »

In Paris Fountains, Let Them Drink Sparkling Water

City of lights now offers tap water that sparkles

(Newser) - As if Paris didn't already have wine, bread, and cheese going for it, now it's attempting to woo you with its public drinking fountains in a move that's actually environmentally motivated. Many such fountains now offer up sparkling water, reports NPR , and for those worried that some... More »

Tiger Escapes Circus, Roams Streets of Paris

It was fatally shot by circus employees Friday night

(Newser) - A tiger was killed Friday in Paris after escaping from a circus in the 15th arrondissement and wandering the streets near the Eiffel Tower, the BBC reports. Residents called emergency services to report the tiger just before 6pm. According to the New York Daily News , the tiger ended up on... 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 »

A Bang, a Drop, Then an Emergency Landing in Canada

Engine on Air France flight explodes midair; plane lands safely in Labrador

(Newser) - Air France Flight AF066 from Paris to Los Angeles on Saturday had been going smoothly, but that all changed more than five hours into the journey, when passengers heard a loud bang, then felt the plane shake and drop before cruising back up. The cause: One of the Airbus A380'... More »

It's Officially Paris 2024, LA 2028 for Olympics

IOC 'rubber stamps' previously determined arrangement

(Newser) - This was one of those rare Olympic moments where everyone walked away a winner. Paris for 2024. Los Angeles for 2028. And the International Olympic Committee for transforming an unruly bidding process to lock down its future by choosing not one, but two Summer Olympics hosts at the same time.... More »

Famous Landmark Asks Americans for Help

Notre Dame launches fundraising drive to save crumbling facade

(Newser) - Attention, Americans: Notre Dame needs your help. A $120 million fundraising drive is underway to save the Gothic cathedral's famous façade and sneering gargoyles. The target audience: the 14 million visitors who flock to the 850-year-old landmark each year, a huge chunk of them from the US. "... 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 »

Suspect in Paris Attack Caught on Highway

He's accused of driving his car into soldiers

(Newser) - French police shot and arrested a man suspected of slamming a BMW into soldiers in a Paris suburb on Wednesday, injuring six of them in what appeared to be a deliberate and carefully timed ambush, officials say. He has not been identified, and police have not speculated about a motive.... More »

Mayor Decries 'Odious' Attack on Paris Soldiers

Vehicle slams into security forces, injuring 6, before driving away

(Newser) - French police say a vehicle slammed into soldiers guarding a Paris suburb Wednesday, injuring six of them before getting away. Authorities are searching for the driver and vehicle, which drove away after the incident at Place de Verdun in Levallois-Perret, on the northwest edge of Paris, according to a Paris... More »

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