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Visitors Flock Here for Diana. Paris May Now Make It Official

Square above tunnel where princess' car crashed may be renamed 'Place Diana'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2019 8:49 AM CDT
Two women hold a rose as they pay tribute to the late Princess Diana above the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris on Aug. 31, 2017, the 20th anniversary of her death in a car crash in Paris.   (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
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(Newser) – For years, locals and visitors have erected a makeshift shrine to Princess Diana in the space above the Parisian tunnel where she was in a fatal car crash in August 1997. Now the City of Lights is looking to make that spot's ties to the late princess official. The Daily Beast reports the Paris City Council will vote on June 11 on whether to rename the square above the Pont d'Alma tunnel "Place Diana," as it has already been "reappropriated by Parisians and tourists," city government sources tell Le Monde.

Meanwhile, a clarification on another recent Diana-related news item. Reports this week detailed an attraction at a National Enquirer Live "theme park" in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., based on Diana's crash—but it's not a theme park at all. USA Today reports it's actually a 20,000-square-foot museum, and that although there's a Princess Diana "component," "there is no Princess Diana attraction," per a museum rep. That component is simply a locater map showing the path her car took the night she died; some outlets had reported it was a "fiery death crash scene ride," per the paper. (Read more Princess Diana stories.)

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