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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 »

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 »

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 »

Temperature in Paris Climbs to a Record 108

As heat records are broken all across Europe

(Newser) - All-time heat records are being set across Europe as the continent deals with its second summer heat wave . Paris hit a record high of 108.7 degrees Fahrenheit Thursday, as tourists streamed to any body of water they could find to escape the heat, USA Today reports. All-time records were... More »

Paris Crowds Astonished by Man on Hoverboard

Inventor Franky Zapata wowed the crowds with his Flyboard

(Newser) - The Bastille prison was stormed via land in 1789 during the French Revolution. Sunday's commemoration of it involved the air in the most attention-grabbing of ways. French inventor Franky Zapata soared over astonished crowds in Paris on his turbine engine-powered Flyboard Air prior to the start of the military... 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 »

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 »

Eiffel Tower Shut Down Because Somebody Is Climbing It

Firefighters are on the scene

(Newser) - The Eiffel Tower closed down on Monday after a man began trying to scale the Paris monument, the AP reports. A person could be seen dangling just below the third and highest level of the structure. A rescuer dressed in red was just above him. It wasn't immediately clear... More »

Short-Circuit Probably Caused Catastrophic Fire, Official Says

Macron, Paris honor firefighters

(Newser) - Investigators say an electrical short-circuit was the most likely cause of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, a Paris police official said Thursday, as France paid a daylong tribute to the firefighters who saved the world-renowned landmark Monday. A judicial police official told The Associated Press that investigators have made... 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 »

2 Billionaires Pledge $339M to Rebuild Notre Dame

'We will rebuild this cathedral,' Macron vows

(Newser) - "We will rebuild this cathedral," France's President Emmanuel Macron vowed Monday night after a fire devastated Notre Dame —and Salma Hayek's billionaire husband was one of the first to offer assistance. Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the Kering group, pledged 100 million euros—$113... More »

Paris Tries to Save Notre Dame

Cathedral's towers appear safe from raging fire

(Newser) - Crowds gathered late Monday night outside Notre Dame, singing "Ave Maria" and other hymns while the iconic cathedral burned. As the mourners sang and prayed, French officials said the building's towers have been saved, the AP reports. Crews were able to keep the flames from spreading to 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 »

10 Priciest Cities to Call Home

It's a 3-way tie for No. 1—a first in survey's history

(Newser) - Not one, not two, but three cities have for the first time tied for the most expensive to call home in the annual Economist Intelligence Unit survey. Singapore, Paris, and Hong Kong share the distinction. Asian and European cities dominate the list of 10 cities—compiled by evaluating the cost... More »

Riot Leaves Mother, Child Trapped in Burning Bank

Luckily, it was firefighters to the rescue

(Newser) - A bank has been set ablaze as French yellow vest protesters clash with police in Paris and firefighters had to rescue a mother and her child as the fire threatened to engulf their floor. Florian Lointier, spokesman for Paris' firefighters, told the AP that 11 people sustained light injuries Saturday... More »

2024 Olympics May Boast 'More Artistic' New Sport

IOC appears to be on board for break-dancing

(Newser) - Break-dancing might just become an Olympic sport. Organizers of the 2024 Games in Paris have put forth their suggestions for four sports to be added to the current roster of 28, with breakdancing listed alongside surfing, climbing, and skateboarding. The latter three sports are already confirmed for Tokyo 2020, but... More »

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