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Museum housing world’s largest Picasso collection to reopen after ‘worrisome’ two years

Paris’s Picasso museum to open in September after revamp (via AFP) Five years after it closed for a two-year renovation, Paris’s Picasso museum — which houses one of the world’s most extensive collections of the Spanish master’s work — will finally reopen its doors in September, the culture ministry announced…

Drivers ordered to alternate car days to combat Paris pollution

Paris on Monday launches alternate driving days for the first time in nearly 20 years to tackle dangerous air pollution levels amid controversy on whether the ban is warranted or will yield results. The restrictions in the French capital and 22 surrounding areas will come into force from 5:30 a.m.…

Tens of thousands march in Paris to protest LGBT rights and easing of abortion restrictions

Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris and Lyon on Sunday against new laws easing abortion restrictions and legalising gay marriage, accusing French President Francois Hollande's government of "family phobia". Police said 80,000 people took to……

France evicts 800 Roma immigrants from campground

French authorities on Wednesday cleared one of the country’s largest Roma camps, evicting some 800 migrants from a shantytown north of Paris. France has in recent years pursued a controversial policy of evicting Roma migrants from camps outside major cities, often paying them to return to their countries of origin,…

Mummified man’s body found hanging in Paris apartment after eight years

The new owner of an apartment near Paris made a shocking discovery last week when he took possession: the mummified body of the previous owner which had been hanging for eight years. The body was found in the apartment in the Paris suburb of Bussy-Saint-Georges on Friday, after the flat…

Paris to host 2018 Gay Games

Paris won the right to host the 2018 Gay Games on Monday erasing memories of their defeat to German city Cologne for the 2010 edition. Paris saw off rivals London and the Irish city of Limerick for the honour of hosting what started out in 1982 as the Gay Olympics.…

Parisians take a month to poke fun at their grumpy reputation

A loving couple queues in front of a Parisian cafe. “For the brunch, I’ve got one table at 6pm”, a waiter tells them. That scene is depicted in one of 48 posters put up across the French capital in an outdoor exhibition that casts a tender and amused eye on…

Special police try to keep tourists, indigent people out of miles of Paris’s famous catacombs

Underneath the city of Paris, there are 170 miles of caves and tunnels, mostly remnants of old stone quarries that date back to the Roman era, but also abandoned sewers and even newer tunnels. Like many urban undergrounds, the catacombs are home to indigent Parisians and attractive to graffiti artists,…

British embassy flies the flag for gay pride in France

Britain’s embassy building in Paris will be adorned by a rainbow flag this weekend in an official show of support for gay pride marches scheduled to take place in the French capital and London. The celebration of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual) pride in Paris will be the first…

Frace faces unseasonal storms and weather havoc

Flash floods in southwestern France claimed two elderly victims in the space of 24 hours as unseasonal storms caused havoc across huge swaths of the country on Wednesday. Flights into Paris were disrupted as the French capital sweltered in conditions more akin to Hong Kong at this time of year…

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