Paris

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

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 »

Suspected Arson Attack Kills 10 in Paris

Woman was arrested near apartment building

(Newser) - Paris' deadliest fire in over a decade claimed 10 lives Tuesday, sending fleeing residents to the roof as flames engulfed their apartment building before dawn. A 40-year-old female resident of the building, said to have a history of psychiatric problems, was arrested as police opened an investigation into voluntary arson... More »

2 Dead, Dozens Injured in Paris Bakery Blast

Officials suspect a gas leak was the cause

(Newser) - French authorities said two firefighters were killed and 47 people injured in a powerful explosion and fire apparently caused by a gas leak at a Paris bakery Saturday that blasted out windows and overturned cars. Firefighters pulled injured victims from windows and evacuated residents as smoke billowed over Rue de... More »

Things Aren't Getting Much Calmer in France

The 'yellow vest' marches continue

(Newser) - French security forces fired tear gas and flash-balls after a march through picturesque central Paris went from peaceful to provocative Saturday as several thousand protesters staged the yellow vest movement's first action of 2019 to keep up pressure on President Emmanuel Macron, the AP reports. A riverboat restaurant moored... More »

Paris Locked Down Amid Riot Fears

Eiffel Tower, other sites will be closed

(Newser) - Saturday might not be the best time to take in the sights of Paris: Authorities, fearing a repeat of last week's violent protests, are closing major tourist sites including major museums and the Eiffel Tower, the BBC reports. Thousands of anti-government "gilets jaunes"—"yellow jacket"—... More »

France Said It Wouldn't Budge on Fuel Tax. It Just Did

Tax hikes have been suspended for several months after violent protests, per PM

(Newser) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a suspension of fuel tax hikes Tuesday, a major U-turn in an effort to appease a protest movement that radicalized and plunged Paris into chaos last weekend, French media report. Both Le Monde newspaper and France Info radio said the planned increase, which has... More »

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

AROUND THE WEB