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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 »

His Parents Say He Was Killed. His Wife Says He Was 'Freed'

Vincent Lambert dies 9 days after feeding tube removed in France

(Newser) - A Frenchman at the center of a landmark right-to-die case has taken his last breath. Vincent Lambert, a quadriplegic with severe brain damage following a 2008 motorcycle accident, died Thursday, some nine days after his feeding tubes were removed at Reims' Sebastopol Hospital, per the BBC . He was 42. His... More »

France's Top Court Ends Tug-of-War in Landmark Right-to-Die Case

Clears way for doctors to end life support for Vincent Lambert

(Newser) - France's highest court has given doctors permission to restart procedures to stop feeding and hydrating a man who has been in a vegetative state following a car accident 11 years ago. The Court of Cassation quashed a previous decision by a Paris court to resume life support so the... More »

After an Incredible Ruse, Horrific Murders, He Is Free

Jean-Claude Romand now under electronic surveillance in France

(Newser) - A man who convinced his parents, wife, and children that he was a researcher for the World Health Organization, then killed them all as his decades-long ruse was about to be revealed, is out of prison after 26 years. Jean-Claude Romand of France, whose double life inspired two French films,... More »

You Know His Name. Now Meet His $183K 'Suicide Gun'

Revolver linked to Vincent Van Gogh has a new owner

(Newser) - Someone just paid six figures for a corroded gun that almost certainly doesn't shoot. But then, the point of having "the most famous weapon in the history of art” isn't to use it—as Vincent Van Gogh allegedly did, fatally. The 7mm Lefaucheux revolver sold at a... More »

Macron on Friendship Tree's Death: No Biggie

He plans to send a replacement oak

(Newser) - France wants to give it another go, so look out for "friendship tree" No. 2. French President Emmanuel Macron says he'll send a new oak sapling to President Trump after the one planted on the grounds of the White House last spring apparently croaked . A dead tree—even... More »

Trump, Macron's 'Friendship' Tree Vanished. Now, Bad News

French media says oak sapling died while in required quarantine

(Newser) - Where an oak sapling once stood on the White House lawn, now lies an empty patch of grass—and the French media are using it as "a metaphor ... for the deteriorating relations between the US and Europe," per Deutsche Welle . The tree that used to stand on that... More »

France to End 'Scandalous' Practice That 'Defies Reason'

Nation to end dumping of unsold consumer goods worth hundreds of millions yearly

(Newser) - France has a wasteful problem that "defies reason," says the country's prime minister, adding that companies will soon be forced to end the "scandalous' practice. Edouard Philippe's remarks Wednesday were regarding the country's disposal of brand-new consumer goods that don't sell, an unused... More »

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

Square above tunnel where princess' car crashed may be renamed 'Place Diana'

(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... More »

Doctors Began to Let Him Die. Then, the 'Stunning Twist'

Paris court orders Vincent Lambert's life support to resume

(Newser) - On Monday doctors cut the nutrition and hydration that has been keeping Vincent Lambert alive, in what appeared to be the final chapter in an 11-year medical saga . It wasn't: His life support was resumed 12 hours later, reports Reuters , following a Monday night court order from the Paris... More »

Woman, 102, Is Murder Suspect

She told workers at care home that she killed neighbor

(Newser) - A 102-year-old woman in France could be one of the oldest murderers in history. Police say the woman, who is now being held in a psychiatric hospital, is suspected of killing her 92-year-old neighbor in a care home in Chézy-sur-Marne, the BBC reports. The victim was found dead in... More »

Cannes Sees a Little Extra Drama

Juror Elle Fanning faints, falls out of her chair at a dinner Monday night

(Newser) - A certain time of the month and a tight dress do not a good combination make, as Elle Fanning apparently learned Monday. The 21-year-old actress and youngest juror in the history of the Cannes Film Festival fainted Monday at the Chopard Trophee dinner, where actors Francois Civil and Florence Pugh... More »

His Wife Wanted to Pull Life Support; His Parents Didn't

'Halting of treatments' has begun for quadriplegic in divisive right-to-die case out of France

(Newser) - It's been an agonizing battle between Vincent Lambert's wife and his parents, and it appears his wife is getting the final say. The BBC reports the 42-year-old Frenchman, a quadriplegic who's been in a vegetative state since a motorcycle accident 11 years ago, is being taken off... More »

Doctor Accused of Poisoning 24 Patients

Anesthesiologist Frederic Pechier is accused in France

(Newser) - A French doctor is accused of poisoning two dozen surgery patients—nine of whom died—in order to make himself look good. Anesthesiologist Frederic Pechier, charged in seven poisonings in 2017, is now suspected in 17 new cases in which patients at two private clinics in Besançon went into... More »

Officials: Help Us Solve This Strange Inscription

It's about 20 lines on an old rock in France

(Newser) - Anyone speak Breton or Basque? It might help in deciphering an old inscription on a rock in France—and local officials are prepared to pay handsomely for it, Fox News reports. The roughly person-sized rock was found on a remote beach in northwest France a few years ago. "ROC... More »

French Soldiers Killed Rescuing American Hostage

3 other foreign hostages also rescued in Burkina Faso

(Newser) - An American woman is among four hostages freed by French soldiers during a raid in the African nation of Burkina Faso. Two French soldiers were killed in the overnight raid, which was supported by US intelligence, reports Reuters . Not much is known about the US woman, including her identity, who... More »

Backlash Begins Over Notre Dame Donations

Critics cite white privilege, and a billionaire donor responds

(Newser) - The $1 billion raised to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral is now receiving a dose of controversy. The Washington Post is among several outlets reporting that criticism is mounting in regard to income inequality about the large donations that came from billionaires like Francois-Henri Pinault and Bernard Arnault. While most want... More »

Plan to Save Notre Dame Relics 'Worked Perfectly'

Paris to hold ceremony to honor firefighters

(Newser) - Insurance adjuster Michael Honore has been tasked with assessing fire damage to Notre Dame's treasures—and his workload would be a lot bigger if the evacuation plan had failed. Honore, the director of fine art at Sedgwick, tells Reuters that around 90% of the cathedral's treasures were saved... More »

Notre Dame Was Saved in Vital 15- to 30-Minute Window

France praises 'courage, determination' of firefighters

(Newser) - Notre Dame cathedral came within minutes of destruction but it is still standing today thanks to the heroic efforts of firefighters, authorities say. Laurent Nunez, France's deputy interior minister, said Tuesday that firefighters risked their lives to save the 850-year-old cathedral during a crucial 15- to 30-minute window of... More »

What Notre Dame Looks Like Today

Paris assesses the damage now that the cathedral fire is finally out

(Newser) - The devastating fire at Paris' iconic Notre Dame cathedral has been extinguished , and billionaires are pledging to help rebuild , but the public is only beginning to get a look at the extent of the damage to the 12th-century building. This file has photos moving Tuesday from the AP of the... More »

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