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France Goes Old-School on Notre Dame Design

Roof, famous spire to be reconstructed to look the same as before massive fire

(Newser) - Since a fire destroyed much of the roof of Paris' Notre Dame cathedral last April, architects have proposed new designs including a rooftop pool and a giant park. But if you're one for tradition, you'll be happy to know those options have been ruled out. French President Emmanuel... More »

Archaeologist Makes Chilling Find in Walls of French Chapel

Guillotine victims apparently buried there, not in the catacombs as believed

(Newser) - The administrator of a historic chapel in France noticed the walls were looking odd in places, and he called in an archaeologist to take a professional look. The reason for the anomalies is a dark one, dating back to the French Revolution: It appears that up to 500 victims of... More »

She Got a Raffle Ticket as a Gift, Now Owns a Picasso

Italian woman wins $1.1M painting in charity raffle

(Newser) - An Italian woman is the new owner of a century-old painting by Pablo Picasso, worth $1.1 million—but she didn't buy it. The unidentified woman won 1921's "Nature Morte"—a small oil painting depicting a glass of absinthe and a newspaper on a table—in... More »

One of the World's 'Most Wanted' Gets Arrested

Felicien Kabuga has been accused of equipping militias in the 1994 Rwandan genocide

(Newser) - One of the most wanted fugitives in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, a wealthy businessman accused of supplying machetes to killers and broadcasting propaganda urging mass slaughter, has been arrested outside Paris, the AP reports. Felicien Kabuga, who had a $5 million bounty on his head, had been accused of equipping... More »

Parisians Now Have to Exercise at Night

City bans outdoor exercise in daytime

(Newser) - Parisians who want to get some exercise outside will now have to do it at night or early in the morning. After a weekend that saw large groups of people jogging in the city's parks, authorities have banned outdoor exercise between 10am and 7pm, reports the BBC . Mayor Anne... More »

Pols of All Parties Decry Attack on Paris Mayoral Candidate

Macron ally Benjamin Griveaux drops out of the race after Russian artist posts lewd video

(Newser) - There's one fewer person in the race to become Paris' mayor, and an X-rated video is to blame. The Guardian reports that Benjamin Griveaux, an ally of French President Emmanuel Macron and a member of Macron's La Republique En March party, took himself out of the running Friday... More »

Tragedy Unfolds in Plane's Undercarriage

Child stowaway found dead in Paris

(Newser) - Air France says "the lifeless body of a stowaway," believed to be a child, was discovered in the landing gear of a plane that arrived in Paris from the Ivory Coast early Wednesday. The body—said to be that of a boy of African origin around the age... More »

A Disappointing 200-Year First for Notre Dame

There will be no Christmas services this year

(Newser) - The Nazis didn't keep Notre Dame Cathedral from celebrating Christmas Mass. Fire will. CNN reports the blaze that ravaged the Paris cathedral in April will prevent it from holding Christmas services, marking the first time that's happened in two centuries. Cathedral rector Patrick Chauvet tells the AP he... More »

Tens of Thousands Protest in France

Strike shuts down much of the country over plan to overhaul retirement system

(Newser) - Paris police fired tear gas at demonstrators Thursday as the Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s high-speed trains stood still and tens of thousands marched nationwide in a strike over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system. At least 87 protesters were arrested in the French capital by... More »

Bronte Society Reclaims an 'Absolute Highlight'

'Jane Eyre' author Charlotte Bronte's 1830 'little book' scooped up by Parsonage Museum in auction

(Newser) - The Bronte Parsonage Museum has in its possession four surviving "little books" written in 1830 by Jane Eyre author Charlotte Bronte, and it just got its hands on a fifth. The BBC reports that for about $860,000, which included fees, the Haworth museum run by the Bronte Society... More »

New Olympic Logo Features Rings, City Name, and ... Marianne

People aren't quite sure what to make of design for 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris

(Newser) - A French government spokeswoman calls it "magnifique," while an International Olympic Committee rep says it's "innovative." The rest of the world ... isn't quite sure what to make of a new Olympic logo unveiled for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. The BBC notes that... More »

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 »

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