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Eiffel Tower To Be Converted Into Rental Apartment

For a limited time only

(Newser) - Four lucky competition winners are set to be the first people in history to use the Eiffel Tower as a vacation home next month, the AP reports. Rental company HomeAway is taking over part of the first floor of the iconic 984-foot-tall landmark for the duration of the UEFA Euro... More »

Eiffel Tower: Closed Thanks to ... Pickpockets

Company that manages landmark didn't open today because of worker concerns

(Newser) - The Eiffel Tower closed to the public today as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily. The walkout came a day after Paris authorities said crime against tourists in the French capital had dropped this year thanks to reinforced police... More »

Mystery Drones Over Major Sites Rattle Paris

Devices seen near Eiffel Tower, US embassy

(Newser) - Paris remains edgy after terror attacks earlier this year, and the appearance of five unexplained drones overnight isn't helping. "It could be a coordinated action, but we don't know yet," a police source tells the Telegraph of the devices, which were seen at well-known sites including... 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 »

Phone Threat Evacuates Eiffel Tower

Security moves to completely clear area; landmark still hasn't reopened

(Newser) - France's iconic Eiffel Tower was evacuated today after a threat, reports AFP , and security forces moved to fully clear the area. The threat came in via telephone, according to a police source who declined to give details. The landmark, which Reuters notes had not reopened by 5:30pm local... More »

How a Mythic Base Jumper Met His Untimely End

Ed Caesar shares the story of Hervé le Gallou and his mysterious death

(Newser) - Thanks in part to the rise of wingsuits, base jumping has transformed into a popular and professionalized sport, and with that the hallmarks of veteran jumpers—"modesty, caution, patience"—are slowly being erased as a "generation of wingsuit pilots, stimulated by speed and YouTube hits," elbows... More »

Eiffel Tower Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Nearly 1,400 people leave over anonymous phone call

(Newser) - Police say the Eiffel Tower has been evacuated after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat. A Paris police official says nearly 1,400 people have been evacuated following a request from tower operators after the warning today. Police then searched the monument with sniffer dogs for possible explosives,... More »

Israeli Leaps to Death From Eiffel Tower

He listened to headphones as rescuers tried to talk him down

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Israeli man managed to climb the Eiffel Tower and leap to his death. Cops spotted the man, wearing a backpack, climbing up the exterior of the landmark after it was closed to the public to the third-level observatory deck of the tower, which is close to 1,000... More »

Eiffel Tower Evacuated in Bomb Scare

About 2,000 people cleared from site

(Newser) - Paris police evacuated the Eiffel Tower today after someone phoned in an anonymous bomb threat, the BBC reports. They cleared about 2,000 people in all from the tower and surrounding park, moving about half to the banks of the River Seine. Bomb-sniffing dogs were going through the area. French... More »

Rollerblader Leaps From Eiffel Tower, Sets Record

(Newser) - A Rollerblader broke a world record on Saturday, jumping from the French landmark onto a huge ramp while thousands of spectators below cheered him on—and into the ranks of the Guinness Book of World Records. It took world champion skater Taig Khris two attempts to complete the feat; he... More »

Paris Cops Steel for Facebook Booze Binge

'Giant cocktail party' to gather at Eiffel Tower

(Newser) - Paris cops are girding for thousands of drunken revelers expected at the foot of the Eiffel tower this weekend, even though they warned it's illegal. The Paris gathering, organized via Facebook, will be the latest in a series of 58 mass drunkathons or "apéros géants" that are... More »

London Plans 'Rival Eiffel' for Olympics

Boris Johnson unveils plans for 400-foot 'Hubble Bubble'

(Newser) - London is building a tower for the 2012 Olympics that officials hope will become as iconic as the one Gustave Eiffel built for the 1889 World's Fair. The 400-foot-tall structure of coiled metal, designed by artist Anish Kapoor, will tower over the Olympic site in East London. The spiral "... More »

World's Most Photographed Landmarks

Guess what comes in ahead of the Statue of Liberty?

(Newser) - Quick, what would you rather take a picture of on a trip to New York: the Statue of Liberty or the Apple store? Turns out most people would choose the Apple store—at least if we’re talking about the one on Fifth Avenue with a nifty-looking cube atop it.... More »

5 People Married to Inanimate Objects

The Berlin wall's 'wife' calls it 'completely normal'

(Newser) - Think Lee Jin-gyu, who recently married his pillow , was the first to say “I do” to an inanimate object? Think again. The Frisky reveals the stories of four more:
  • Erika La Tour Eiffel: As you might be able to guess from her new last name, this former US Air
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Wax Obama Tours Eiffel Tower

(Newser) - Complete with new gray hairs and two bodyguards, a wax version of President Barack Obama took a trip to the Eiffel Tower today. The hot summer sun threatened to melt the fake president's face, prompting helpers to shade him with an umbrella. The statue then traveled to Paris' Musée... More »

Gaga Paris Awaits 'New Jackie'

(Newser) - All of Paris is breathlessly awaiting the arrival of Michelle Obama, hoping to catch a glimpse of an American first lady as beloved by the French as Jackie Kennedy, reports AP.  Like Jackie,  "Mrs. Obama is exactly the kind of American woman the French adore: a woman... More »

Tower Trims Light Show by Half

Green concerns move Paris to confine hourly twinkling to 5 minutes, down from 10

(Newser) - The City of Lights will sparkle just a little less soon, Reuters reports. The Eiffel Tower’s hourly display of flashing lights will be cut in half, from 10 minutes per hour to five, management announced today, setting an energy-saving example for Parisians. The gesture is mostly symbolic, however; the... More »

Paris Lifts 30-Year Ban on High Rises

City drops 30-year ban on new high-rise construction

(Newser) - Ambitious new towers will soon be thrusting into the Paris sky now that the city has decided to drop a ban on tall buildings, the Times of London reports. The Eiffel Tower is likely to remain the city's tallest, but by 2012 it will share the skyline with a 590-foot... More »

Smoke-Free Paris Clears the Air

Smoking ban ends French tradition

(Newser) - The hazy, brooding atmosphere of Parisian cafes and bars has changed overnight with a French ban on smoking in public places. Clouds of smoke from scores of Gauloises and Gitanes cigarettes, which once hung over France's most celebrated salons and dining rooms, have wafted away. Similar bans are already in... More »

China Lifts Ban on French Spidey

Daredevil returns, only months after being banned from the country

(Newser) - Only a few months after China booted out French daredevil Alain Robert for illegally climbing Shangai's tallest building, the communist superpower has invited him back. Robert, known as the French Spider-Man for scaling tall structures without safety gear, was expelled for five years and spent some quality time in jail,... More »

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