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Versailles Is About to Get Its First Hotel

Le Grand Controle will have 14 rooms, indoor swimming pool, and Alain Ducasse eatery

(Newser) - Let them eat cake, or at least order room service. For visitors who don't feel like traipsing back to their accommodations in Paris after visiting the Palace of Versailles, Curbed offers the following news: A luxury hotel is being built on the estate's premises, overlooking the gardens outside... More »

Thief Uses Cigarette Ruse to Steal $830K Timepiece

Not a great thing to have on your wrist in Paris

(Newser) - A French thief made off with an $830,000 diamond-encrusted watch, simply by taking it from the owner's wrist. So say Paris police, who are no strangers to such crimes. Thieves are known to hang around luxury hotels and jewelry shops near the Champs-Elysées, hoping to snatch a... More »

4 Officers Stabbed to Death in Paris

Attack blamed on police employee at headquarters

(Newser) - A French police union official says four police officers have died in a knife attack carried out by an administrator at the Paris police headquarters, per the AP . The attacker was shot to death. Union official Loic Travers says the attack on Thursday appears to have begun in an office... More »

It Was Hanging in Her Kitchen. She Found Out It's Worth Millions

Elderly French woman's 'Christ Mocked' by Renaissance painter Cimabue could go for $6.6M

(Newser) - An elderly French woman had the painting hanging above a hot plate in her kitchen, thinking it was just an old piece of art. When she finally got curious enough to get it appraised, she found out it was indeed old—and extremely valuable. That's because, per an old-masters... More »

French President Who Stood Up to US Dead at 86

Former French leader Jacques Chirac died 'peacefully, among his loved ones'

(Newser) - Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France's role in the Holocaust and defiantly opposed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, has died at age 86. Son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux tells the AP that Chirac died Thursday "peacefully, among his loved ones.... More »

Guy Takes LSD at Disneyland Paris, Has Quite the Adventure

After first falling, appropriately, into the Adventureland lake

(Newser) - A Swiss tourist took LSD at Disneyland Paris, fell into a lake, then disappeared for hours before turning up naked more than a mile away. It must've been quite a trip, though the 32-year-old engineer's memory is faulty. Indeed, he couldn't recall the events of Friday evening... More »

Famous Chef Says This Spice Cost Him a Michelin Star

France's Marc Veyrat says saffron fooled inspector into thinking pedestrian cheese was used

(Newser) - Marc Veyrat is world renowned, recognized for both his wild herb-based fare and his trademark look—a "wide-brimmed black Savoyard hat and smoke-tinted glasses," per the Guardian . What the 69-year-old French chef doesn't want to be known for, however, is losing a coveted star in the Michelin... More »

The City of Light Has a Dirty Secret

Refuse of all kinds is piling up in Paris

(Newser) - Paris has long been brimming with culture, romance, beauty—and, in recent years, too much trash. From Place de la République to the Trocadéro gardens, the city is full of homeless people, beer cans, wrappers, cigarette butts, abandoned bicycles and scooters, and (of course) dog poop, the Guardian... More »

France Dismisses Snowden's Latest Asylum Request

It's 'not the time,' foreign minister says

(Newser) - France's foreign minister says "it's not the time" to grant a new asylum request from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the AP reports. Snowden has been living in Russia to escape US prosecution after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs. Asking France again for... More »

He Had Sex on a Business Trip and Died. His Employer Is Liable

Paris court rules cardiac arrest during adulterous interlude was a workplace accident

(Newser) - An employee for a French railway company went into cardiac arrest and died during an adulterous sexual encounter with a "perfect stranger" while on an out-of-town assignment for work, and a Paris court recently deemed it a workplace accident and is holding the employer liable. Quartz reports on the... More »

Mayor Outraged After Climber Leaves Rowing Machine on Mountain

'Bring on Brexit,' French mayor says

(Newser) - A British ex-soldier has outraged a French mayor by leaving a rowing machine near the summit of western Europe's highest mountain during an unusual fundraising drive. Matthew Disney, a former Royal Marine, has been climbing mountains carrying the machine on his back, then rowing the height of the summit.... More »

France: Stabbing Suspect 'Heard Voices' Telling Him to Kill

'Psychotic' suspect killed 1, injured 8 in Lyon

(Newser) - An Afghan man was in a "psychotic state" and on drugs during a stabbing in France that killed one person and injured eight others, but investigators haven't found any terrorist ties, a regional prosecutor said Sunday. A psychiatric evaluation of the man in custody for Saturday's attack... More »

Race Car Driver Dead in Terrifying Crash

Anthoine Hubert, RIP

(Newser) - French driver Anthoine Hubert has died in a Formula Two accident at the Belgian Grand Prix, the AP reports. The 22-year-old Hubert died following an estimated 160mph collision on Lap 2 at the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps track, which earlier Saturday saw qualifying for Sunday's Formula One race. (See the terrifying... More »

Zoo Furious After Names Scratched Into Rhino's Back

France's La Palmyre Zoo decries the 'stupidity'

(Newser) - It's one thing to scrawl your name on a random wall. Staff at one of France's most-visited zoos say visitors instead chose to make their mark on a rhinoceros' back. La Palmyre Zoo says it was "outraged by the stupidity and disrespect" of the visitors who apparently... More »

G7 Leaders to Brazil: We Have an Idea

The summit leaders are prepared to support Brazil in battling fires

(Newser) - Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage even as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm, the AP reports. French... More »

Diner Kills Waiter Over Slow Sandwich

French police search for shooter

(Newser) - A customer became so angry at having to wait at a small eatery on the edge of Paris that a waiter is apparently dead over a sandwich. Witnesses say the customer, enraged that "his sandwich wasn't prepared quickly enough," pulled out a gun and shot the 28-year-old... More »

Landlord Killed Over Lack of AC: Report

Maryse Malin was remembered as a 'sweet, kind, and caring' woman

(Newser) - A French landlord was allegedly killed Monday by a tenant who was desperate for air-conditioning, the Local France reports. With much of Europe sweltering in a heatwave , 71-year-old Maryse Malin was shot dead Monday in Les Arcs-sur-Argens, a village in south-east France. The alleged gunman is a 66-year-old army veteran... More »

Trump: We'll Retaliate Against 'Macron's Foolishness'

President criticizes France's new digital tax on big companies, along with French wine

(Newser) - President Trump on Friday promised to retaliate against France for adopting a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook, per the AP . He also managed to get in a shot at French wine. Trump, who doesn't drink, tweeted : "I've always said American wine is... More »

Bad News for Notre Dame? Europe's Record-Breaking Heat

Historical architect worries that soaked stone walls could dry too quickly, collapse

(Newser) - Europe is sweltering amid a heat wave that's overheating bodies and breaking records, with the AP reporting that people were cooling off in any handy body of water including public fountains and the sea. The Guardian reports that the Netherlands and Belgium both broke all-time heat records in what... More »

A Lost Sub That Just Couldn't Be Found Is Discovered

The Minerve's wreckage is identified about 30 miles off the coast of France

(Newser) - After fruitless searching over five decades, the resting place of a vanished French submarine has been found. "We have just found the Minerva," the country's defense minister tweeted Monday per the BBC , which translated from the French. "It's a success, a relief and a technical... More »

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