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'Emergency plan' for Paris bike-hire system as debacle deepens

Paris - The city of Paris is scaling back its once-vaunted Velib bike-hire service after a chaotic change of operator that has infuriated cyclists, many of whom had hoped to be back in the saddle for the start of the summer.

Air France-KLM boss resigns after striking staff reject pay deal

Paris - Air France-KLM boss Jean-Marc Janaillac announced his resignation Friday after staff at the carrier's French operations rejected a pay deal aimed at ending months of walkouts.

Eiffel Tower shuts due to strike

Paris - The Eiffel Tower was shut on Friday due to a strike by security personnel over the suspension of three of their colleagues, the company operating Paris' most recognisable monument and trade unions said.

Selling off the Ritz, one monogrammed slipper at a time

Paris - Who wants a piece of the Ritz? The legendary Paris hotel, home for a while to Ernest Hemingway, Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel, is auctioning off 10,000 pieces of furniture and decor through the auction house Artcurial.

Calamitous Paris bike-hire rollout will be complete by May: mayor

Paris - Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo promised Thursday to get the city's bike-sharing service back on track by May after a change of operator brought the popular system to a near standstill.

Paris takes over rollout for troubled bike-hire system

Paris - Paris city hall is taking over the installation of new stations for the Velib bike-hire system, following weeks of disastrous efforts by its new operator that have the city's cyclists seeing red.

Snow shuts Eiffel Tower as winter blast hits France

Paris - The Eiffel Tower turned away tourists on Tuesday as snow swept across northern France, causing traffic chaos in Paris during the French capital's first real dose of wintry weather this season.

Bridge of discord between Croatia and Bosnia

- Pero Brbora farms his shellfish in Croatia but has to cross the border into Bosnia, and out again, to sell them in his homeland.

In strongman's grip, Chechnya looks to become unlikely tourist draw

Moscow - At nighttime in the Chechen capital of Grozny an immense fountain lights up and its jets of water dance to the music of Celine Dion. "It is more beautiful than Las Vegas," says the city's mayor Muslim Khuchiyev.
 

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