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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 »

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 »

President Trump Departs for City He Derided

He'll be Macron's guest of honor in Paris

(Newser) - President Trump's visit to Paris on Thursday will take him to a city he has repeatedly derided—and at the side of a French leader best known to Americans as the earnest young man with the endless handshake. "Paris isn't Paris any longer," Trump declared in... More »

'Nearly Unprecedented' Move for Clint Eastwood's Next Film

Director casts real-life heroes who stopped 2015 Paris train attack to play themselves

(Newser) - Clint Eastwood's Sully was called "electrifying," and the next movie on his directing roster is promising to be another heart-stopper—and headline-grabbing, thanks to an unusual move he made in casting it. The upcoming film is called The 15:17 to Paris, which documents the 2015 terrorist... More »

Looks Like LA, Paris Will Host 2024, 2028 Olympics

If a 3-way deal with the IOC works out

(Newser) - If they can agree who goes first, Paris and Los Angeles will be awarded the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. International Olympic Committee members voted unanimously to seek a consensus three-way deal between the two bid cities and the IOC executive board, the AP reports. Talks will open with Paris widely... More »

Driver Rams Into Police Van on Paris' Champs Élysées

The attacker is dead, no other injuries reported

(Newser) - An anti-terror investigation has been opened in France after a man rammed a car carrying firearms and a gas canister into a police van on Paris' famed Champs Élysées Monday afternoon. The driver, reportedly a 31-year-old French national who had known links to suspected extremists and was on... More »

2 Teens in Paris Accidentally Spend 3 Days With 6M Dead

Boys are fine after getting lost in the catacombs

(Newser) - Two teenage boys were safe and sound Wednesday after spending three cold, dark, and no doubt harrowing days lost in the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris. According to the BBC , the two boys, ages 16 and 17, were rescued early Wednesday following a four-hour effort by search teams with... More »

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