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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 »

Notre Dame Blaze Now Fully Extinguished

Famous organ, Crown of Thorns were saved

(Newser) - Paris firefighters declared the fire at Notre Dame fully extinguished early Tuesday as France mourned the partial destruction of one of the country's most treasured landmarks. Authorities say the principal structure and the two bell towers have been saved, but the building is still unstable, the AP reports. The... More »

Notre Dame Fire: 'Everything Is Collapsing'

Firefighters in Paris may not be able to save the iconic cathedral

(Newser) - Paris' iconic Notre Dame is burning, and it may be doomed. France's interior minister says it "is not certain" the 850-year-old cathedral can be saved, reports AFP . The AP initially reported flames and smoke could be seen pouring from the base of the building's spire, which was... More »

Woman Agrees to Adopt Pig, Has It Slaughtered

Cops found more than 200 pounds of pork products

(Newser) - A pig rescued from a slaughterhouse as a piglet ended up as pork products after all. An animal rescue activist in France looked after the animal for two years after it was saved when it was two months old. When the activist moved and no longer had space to keep... More »

Rise in Officer Suicides Leaves Police Union With 'Great Anger'

This year, rate has reached 1 every 4 days in France

(Newser) - Two more police officers died in France over the weekend in what are thought to be suicides. That would mean that officers are killing themselves this year at the rate of one every four days, France24 reports. No immediate, direct cause for the increase has been identified; law enforcement suicides... More »

Fighter Jet Mistakenly Ejects Passenger

Yes, you read that right

(Newser) - Short flight, really interesting landing. In what sounds like a scene from a bad comedy, a civilian being taken for a ride in a French fighter jet was accidentally ejected as the plane took off, reports Aerotime . The unidentified passenger, a man in his 60s, apparently wrenched his back when... More »

1.1K Mutilated Dolphins Wash Up on French Shores

Deaths blamed on industrial fishing

(Newser) - The dolphins' bodies were horribly mutilated, the fins cut off. But what shocked French marine researchers wasn't just the brutality of the deaths of these highly intelligent mammals, but the numbers involved—a record 1,100 have landed on France's Atlantic coast beaches since January. The mass deaths,... More »

Muslim Group Sues Facebook, YouTube Over Shooting Videos

French Muslims beat NZ group to the punch

(Newser) - A group representing Muslims in France is suing Facebook and YouTube over footage of the mosque shootings in New Zealand. The French Council of the Muslim Faith accuses the platforms, which raced to delete a livestream and copies that sprung up in the aftermath, of "broadcasting a message with... More »

After Riots, France Makes Change on Yellow Vest Protests

Some will be banned after Saturday's violence

(Newser) - France's prime minister announced a ban Monday on yellow vest protests along the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris and in two other cities following riots on Saturday that left luxury stores ransacked and charred from arson fires, the AP reports. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the ban will apply for... More »

Inmate's Wife Killed After He Attacks Guards During Visit

French authorities believe she smuggled in a knife

(Newser) - A woman's visit to her Islamist husband in a French prison ended in a bloodbath that sparked walkouts in prisons around the country. Authorities say inmate Michael Chiolo attacked and seriously injured two guards with a ceramic knife that his wife had apparently smuggled in Tuesday, the BBC reports.... More »

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