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

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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, but they are also home to a special police force known as the cataflics, a who patrol the caves — and to cataphiles, tourists and cave-lovers who attempt to explore the majority of the caves that are barred to any but the cops.

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Audrey, one of the cataflics, spends much of her time chasing down cataphiles but is cognizant of the underground society that her patrols disturb. “Society down here is like society up there,” she said. “There are those who break things. There are those who like to mend things. And between them there is us, the police.”

The caves have long been used for underground parties, including raves and the rare more-organized ongoing parties, like those claimed by the Perforating Mexicans (as reported by The Guardian) in 2004. But more and more, Audrey sees foreigners making their way down to the catacombs for tours, spurred on by tips from other cataphiles on the Internet. Those that are caught are fined 60 Euro — far more than 8 Euros more traditional tourists pay for admission to the official Catacombs of Paris, to which access is legal.

Watch video of the cataflics and a few cataphiles, courtesy of AFP, below:


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WATCH: Trump had his microphone muted on Tuesday — at his own rally

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At President Donald Trump's Tuesday evening rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, a sound problem resulted in the president's microphone being unexpectedly cut in the middle of his speech.

"I think we have every endorsement including New York's Finest, New York City's Finest, we love our—" Trump was saying. At that point, the microphone cut out, and the president continued talking inaudibly.

It took several moments for technicians to restore the audio, at which point the president walked toward a row of sign-toting fans standing behind him.

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‘You’re gonna get a kick out of it’: Trump tries to spin his 60 Minutes meltdown at rally

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump reportedly stormed out of an interview with CBS News' Lesley Stahl for "60 Minutes." It is currently unclear what set him off.

However, at his rally in Erie, Pennsylvania later that night, the president tried to spin the whole thing as entertainment, telling his supporters he couldn't wait for them to see the interview and that "You're gonna get a kick out of it. Lesley Stahl is not gonna be happy."

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‘Trump is too stupid to realize he may get to his most feared number on COVID-19 deaths’: Keith Olbermann

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Host and progressive paragon Keith Olbermann has been issuing "worst person in the world" videos in which he makes a new case each week that President Donald Trump is the worst person and why.

He began by citing that COVID-19 is continuing to surge, with the astounding number of just over a 30 percent increase in the past two weeks. In Texas, hospitalizations are up 35 percent in as many weeks. Even the first lady can't get over her symptoms of the virus

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