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Crews Put Christo Wrap on Arc de Triomphe

Paris monument is being draped in keeping with late artist's vision

(Newser) - The public art project taking shape in Paris doesn't just look like something Christo would do, it is his project, being completed more than a year after the artist's death. Workers are covering the Arc de Triomphe in 270,000 square feet of silvery blue, plastic wrapping, a...

After Paris Terror Suspect's Outburst, 'You Bastard' Is Heard

'We suffered 130 deaths, you bastard,' somebody said from back of courtroom

(Newser) - The trial of 20 men accused of involvement in the 2015 Paris terror attacks got underway Wednesday —and it was soon disrupted by an outburst from the main suspect, Saleh Abdeslam. The Guardian reports that Abdeslam, believed to be the only survivor of the group that carried out the...

Big News for Biggest Triceratops Fossil

It's going up for auction in Paris next month

(Newser) - The largest Triceratops specimen known to exist could be yours—if you have a lot of space and a lot of money. The 24-foot-long fossil—more than 60% complete, with a skull that is more than 75% complete—is expected to fetch between $1.4 million and $1.8 million...

City of Lights Is Now the City of Dawdling

Paris' speed limit is now about 19mph, s'il vous plait

(Newser) - No more zipping past the Eiffel Tower or through the Latin Quarter without slowing down to soak in the sights: Starting Monday, the speed limit on nearly all streets of Paris is just 30kph, or a bit less than 19mph, reports the AP . It’s the latest initiative by a...

Paris Fans Cheer Their New Star


Paris Fans
Cheer Their
New Star

Paris Fans Cheer Their New Star

Soccer great Lionel Messi is introduced but doesn't play yet for his new team

(Newser) - Lionel Messi wasn't in the lineup Saturday in Paris, but he was made to feel at home by fans. The newly acquired soccer great was introduced before Paris Saint-Germain's 4-2 victory over Strasbourg, the Sporting News reports. After receiving a standing ovation from the 49,000 fans at...

Odd, Uneven Olympics End
Odd, Uneven Olympics End
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Odd, Uneven Olympics End

IOC president praises athletes as Paris accepts the challenge of hosting the next Games

(Newser) - It began with a virus and a yearlong pause. It ended with a typhoon blowing through and, still, a virus. In between: just about everything. The Tokyo Olympics, christened with "2020" but held in mid-2021 after being interrupted for a year by the coronavirus, glided to their conclusion in...

Man in Suit, Tie Carries Out 'Daring' Paris Jewel Heist

Suspect hit one of France's oldest jewelers

(Newser) - Jean-Claude Van Damme's first credited film role was a brief appearance in a movie about a jewel heist. Life seemed to imitate art Tuesday in Paris, where a jewel heist was carried out while would-be witnesses at an adjacent cafe happened to be distracted by Van Damme, who was...

Air Traffic Control Slip-Up Almost Caused Disaster

Paris controller cleared planes to take off, land on same runway

(Newser) - Air safety investigators in France say a number of factors almost caused a disaster at the country's biggest airport last year—including the fact that an air traffic controller was out of practice due to reduced flights during the pandemic. According to a report released Tuesday, a United Airlines...

Nurses Join Vaccine Protest
Nurses Join Vaccine Protest

Nurses Join Vaccine Protest

More than 100,000 people march in France against new coronavirus measures

(Newser) - Over 100,000 people protested across France on Saturday against the government's latest measures to push people to get vaccinated and curb rising infections by the delta variant of the coronavirus. In Paris, separate protest marches by the far right and far left wound through different parts of the...

Surprise Discovery of Coins May Be Old Viking Ransom

Money was paid to avoid a sack of Paris, and the coins were found in a Polish field

(Newser) - Last fall, metal detectorists turned up some old coins in a Polish field. Now, what had at first seemed like a not-so-surprising find has the potential to be quite the opposite, reports the New York Times . Archaeologists have since found nearly 120 silver coins at the location near the town...

Fans Mourn Jim Morrison 50 Years After His Death

Fans of Doors singer gather in Paris 'to show that he's not forgotten'

(Newser) - Paris on Saturday was the only place to be for die-hard Jim Morrison fans. Fifty years after his death at age 27, rock music lovers from across the world came to the Pere-Lachaise cemetery in eastern Paris where the Doors frontman is buried. Many brought candles and pictures, and some...

A Big First for Paris' Louvre
A Big First for
Paris' Louvre

A Big First for Paris' Louvre

Laurence des Cars appointed by President Macron as museum's first female president

(Newser) - It was a phone call Laurence des Cars had long waited for—and when it finally came this week, it was a "joyful and emotional moment." "I will never forget that call," the 54-year-old art historian tells France Inter , via the Guardian , of the correspondence that...

Protesters Want Trial in Slaying of Jewish Woman

Macron is among those calling for a change in French law

(Newser) - Protesters in Paris and other French cities on Sunday denounced a ruling by France's highest court that the killer of a Jewish woman was not criminally responsible and therefore could not go on trial. Thousands of people filled Trocadero Plaza in Paris, in front of the Eiffel Tower, answering...

The Louvre Has Fabulous News for Art Lovers

482K works now accessible for free online

(Newser) - You can now explore almost half a million items in the collection of Paris’ Louvre museum without leaving the comfort of your own home. "For the first time, anyone can access the entire collection of works from a computer or smartphone for free, whether they are on display in...

The Pride of Senegal Is Missing in Paris

Novelist Diary Sow, 20, failed to show up at school this month

(Newser) - French authorities are racing to find Diary Sow, a Senegalese student missing in Paris who is considered "the pride of a whole nation." Senegal President Macky Sall recently bestowed that compliment on Sow, a published author, whose name "is practically synonymous with achievement" in her home country,...

In Paris, a 'Highly Symbolic' Concert in Hard Hats

Choir sings at Notre Dame Cathedral amid massive renovation

(Newser) - Wearing hard hats and protective suits, members of the choir of Notre Dame Cathedral sang inside the medieval Paris landmark for the first time since last year’s devastating fire for a special Christmas Eve concert, per the AP . Accompanied by an acclaimed cellist and a rented organ, the singers...

This Person Really Wanted to See the Mona Lisa

Bidder paid $98K to get closer glimpse of da Vinci's famous piece during annual inspection

(Newser) - How much would it be worth to get to see that Mona Lisa smile up close and personal, without any fellow gawkers blocking your view? According to one person, $98,000 . That's how much a bidder paid for the chance to watch as da Vinci's famous painting is...

Why Paris' Mayor Is Happy to Pay $110K Fine
Paris Fined for ...
Too Many Women?

Paris Fined for ... Too Many Women?

In senior positions, that is

(Newser) - Paris has been fined nearly $110,000, but the mayor says she's happy to pay the penalty: It was issued because the city of lights appointed too many women to senior government positions in 2018. Specifically, 11 females and five males. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Tuesday that she...

French Cops Suspended After 'Unspeakable' Video Surfaces

It shows that they beat up, racially abused Black music producer

(Newser) - A lawyer for a music producer in Paris says her client might be in jail if there wasn't video of his arrest. Instead, three police officers were suspended after security camera video of them beating the Black man inside his studio was released, CNN reports. The man, Michel Zecler,...

Clues to $700K Theft in Paris: Handprints on a Trapdoor

Saudi princess returned to apartment to find furs, jewelry, 30 Hermes bags gone

(Newser) - A Saudi princess who returned to the Paris apartment she'd left over the summer ended up in the hospital in shock after she found more than $700,000 worth of her jewelry, furs, and designer handbags had been stolen. The Guardian and RFI report that the unidentified 47-year-old royal,...

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