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Paris cuts traffic in half to combat choking pollution

Paris - One year ago, Paris had to put emergency traffic measures into affect because of spiking air pollution in the capital city. Starting on Monday, only cars with odd-numbered plates will be allowed into the city, as Paris again fights the choking smog.

Fox Lies: Paris to sue U.S. network over Muslim 'no-go zones'

Paris - City council members in Paris have voted to approve a lawsuit against Fox News Channel, the conservative US network which lied when it claimed there were "no-go zones" in the French capital where non-Muslims are unwelcome and Sharia law reigns supreme.

Op-Ed: Are the Paris massacres religious?

New York - Some human beings are violent. Some are religious. Some are one or the other. Some are both. Some are neither. Is there such a thing as religious violence per se?

'Nothing' the same after attacks, Paris mayor says as de Blasio visits

Paris - "Nothing will ever be as before", Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Tuesday as her New York counterpart paid an express visit of solidarity to the French capital recently hit by jihadist attacks.

'#JeSuisNico' trends after Sarkozy weaves to front of Paris rally

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was the butt of Internet jokes on Monday after he managed to shimmy his way to the front of the historic march in Paris on Sunday.

Man forgets scroll worth $1.25 million on train

We've all had the experience of forgetting something, be it a hat or a wallet, but one art collector has one-upped all those experiences by forgetting an art piece worth $1.25 million.

Galeries Lafayette reclaims part of Champs-Elysées for France

Paris - Upmarket French retailer Galeries Lafayette confirmed last weekend that it’s to open a new luxury department store on France’s prime shopping street, the Champs-Elysées in Paris, arguably the most famous avenue in the world.

Journalist shocked to see her image as memorial hologram

Paris - Imagine walking past a funeral parlor, and seeing your image as a memorial hologram encased in plastic. The memorial had a fake name and dates of birth and death, "Brigitte Martin, 1959-2009,” while the lady in the photo is still very much alive.

Utrecht to host 2015 Tour de France start

Paris - The route for the 2015 Tour de France, the world’s greatest cycle race, was unveiled Wednesday at the Grand Palais in Paris. The 102nd running of the Tour de France will start from Utrecht, Holland's "bicycle city," on Jul. 4, 2014.

Disneyland Paris gets one billion euro bailout from Walt Disney

It seems the economic crisis in Europe has had its effects on the company which operates Disneyland Paris. While the park is a top draw for European visitors, there has been a sharp fall in the number of visitors and what they spend there.

Video: Bird's eye view of the Eiffel Tower and Paris

Paris - Taking a bird's eye view to a whole new technical level, a white-tailed eagle named Victor recently flew over the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, filming from a unique perspective with a video camera strapped to his back.

Louvre Museum gardens plagued by rat infestation

Paris - The beautiful gardens leading to the world-famous Louvre Museum have recently been attracting more and more rats. Garbage and food items left behind by tourists have been largely blamed for the problem.

Gaza death toll triggers protests and attacks on Jews in Paris

Parisot - Protests against Israel's Gaza offensive turned violent in Paris with pro-Palestinian protesters targeting Jewish-owned businesses and a synagogue.

Mother killed by own car, with toddler in driving seat

Paris - A mother in the Parisian suburb of Herblay was cleaning her car Tuesday, while her two-year-old son sat playing with the steering wheel. Police are unsure of what exactly happened, but the car rolled and crushed the woman, killing her instantly.

Love solution: 'We Lock Love' keeps the romance alive in Paris

Paris - As authorities in Paris strive to remove all vestiges of romance from the city's bridges, a website has been created to immortalize in digital form the love locks that are being lost.

Lovers in Paris to lose their love locks (Video)

Paris - Romantics in Paris are upset, as thousands of the "love locks," currently hanging on bridges in the city, are to be removed. This comes just days after a portion of one of those bridges collapsed under the weight of the iconic love symbols.

The Canadian Opera Company says 'Olé!' to Don Quichotte Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company will be staging Jules Massenet’s 1910 work 'Don Quichotte' for the first time in its history. Along with being a company premiere, it marks the Canadian debut of the work's celebrated lead vocalist.

Video: First luxury hotel for cats in Paris

Paris - Paris cat lovers now have the ideal solution when going away on vacation. A luxury hotel for cats offering everything they need, including luxury rooms, "gourmet" food and even a communal games room. All this plus around-the-clock care and attention.

Ethiopia's Bekele wins Paris Marathon

Paris - Ethiopia's legendary runner Kenenisa Bekele notched up another impressive milestone in an already glittering career by winning the Paris Marathon on Sunday, his first attempt at the gruelling event.

Careless Chelsea's defensive errors prove costly against PSG

Jose Mourinho’s team selection dominated headlines in PSG's emphatic victory of Chelsea. Matches of this calibre between two elite sides are usually defined by the slimmest margin, but several errors played a factor in Chelsea's defeat.

Bringing joy to a chaotic classic, an interview with The Bad Plus Special

The Bad Plus found fame with creative cover versions of rock and roll classics like Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” With their latest release, however, the trio is tacklingthe work of Igor Stravinsky.

Paris gets first female mayor as concierge bites back

Paris - It was a victory to savour.As she bid to become the first female mayor of Paris, Spanish-born Socialist Anne Hidalgo had to endure taunts from her opponents about her modest origins and lack of Parisian roots.

Paris offering free public transit to combat pollution

Paris - Paris and areas of northern France have seen pollution levels so high that politicians are stepping in to do something about it. This weekend, Paris' public transportation, as well as bike and car sharing programs, will be free.

Interview with Brett Eldredge: 'Beat of the Music' Special

Atlantic Nashville recording country artist Brett Eldredge revealed that he has never been better. "It has been an awesome week," he said.

Kiss on the cheek lands robber in French prison

Paris - After a jewelry heist in Paris, a 20-year-old French criminal's self-stated "compassion" for his female hostage led to his arrest. Police could identify him from the DNA he left behind on her cheek.

Review: Marville's Paris On View At The Met Special

New York - A new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcasing the work of French photographer Charles Marville strips away the romance of Paris, but offers a challenging commentary on the nature of transformation.

Angry passengers loot Ryanair flight over lengthy delays

Paris - Anyone who has flown on Ryanair, or any other so-called “low cost” airline would probably sympathize, at least a little, with the plight of these passengers. They got so fed up by the endless delays, they actually rebelled and looted the plane.

France launches express rail project linking Paris to airport

Paris - After many years of hesitation, France's government has launched a 1.7-billion-euro ($2.3 billion) project to link Paris to its main international airport, Charles de Gaulle, with an express train that will go into operation in a decade's time.

Valentino kicks off men's fashion in Paris

Paris - Hard on the heels of Milan, Paris kicked off its winter menswear series Wednesday with shows featuring multiple variations on the classic suit by Valentino and Carven, while iconoclast Walter Von Beirendonck unveiled in-your-face stripes.

Uber cars attacked during French taxi-driver protest

Paris - A protest by French taxi drivers against smartphone taxi service Uber recently turned violent, with reports of people smashing Uber vehicles.
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Love locks on bridges in Paris  France are causing problems and are to be removed.
Love locks on bridges in Paris, France are causing problems and are to be removed.
Ram-raiders crashed into a jewellery store in Paris  France.
Ram-raiders crashed into a jewellery store in Paris, France.
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The French Finance ministry complex at Bercy in Paris
The French Finance ministry complex at Bercy in Paris
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Parisian waitress and barmaid
La Comédie Italienne in Paris  France
La Comédie Italienne in Paris, France
Escalators in Paris needed regular repairs for some time until local authorities decided to simply r...
Escalators in Paris needed regular repairs for some time until local authorities decided to simply replace them.
The Pyramid at the Louvre  Paris France  summer 2010
The Pyramid at the Louvre, Paris France, summer 2010
No Pants Subway Ride in Paris  France on January 12  2013
No Pants Subway Ride in Paris, France on January 12, 2013
Laurel Holloman at her art show opening in Paris - April 3  2012
Laurel Holloman at her art show opening in Paris - April 3, 2012
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Jim Morrison
A bus in Paris
A bus in Paris
Fantasyland in Disneyland Paris
Fantasyland in Disneyland Paris
Paris march.
Paris march.
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 Rue de Constantine (Fourth Arrondissement)  1866   albumen silver print from glass negative. The Me...
"Rue de Constantine (Fourth Arrondissement), 1866", albumen silver print from glass negative. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1986 (1986.1141) cat. no. 56.
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Photograph of the crash uploaded to Twitter by a witness
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Paris launched world-first electric car-share program
Paris launched world-first electric car-share program
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A typical Paris street scene at night with shop windows aglow
A typical Paris street scene at night with shop windows aglow
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Passengers without their pants during the "No Pants Subway Ride" event at a subway station in Paris. The event is an annual flash mob and occurs in different cities around the world in January, according to its organisers
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