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Eiffel Tower to reopen to public on June 25

Jun 10, 2020 - 1:44 PM

The famous Paris tourist site is reopening after 3 months of closure with new ground markings, only allowing visits by the stairs

PM says France 'not racist' as Floyd tribute held in Paris

Jun 10, 2020 - 1:03 PM

Some placards at the rally draw parallels between George Floyd and those who have recently died at the hands of the French police

A man take part in a protest in place de la Republique in Paris, on June 9, 2020, during a demonstration against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while apprehended by police in Minneapolis. Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

Clashes at Paris protest against racism and deadly police violence

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:10 AM

The demonstration comes after the release of two differing medical reports into the cause of Adama Traore's death. The Traore case has long been controversial in France.

PROTEST. Protesters demonstrate in front of Paris courthouse against police violence on June 2, 2020. Photo by Michel Rubinel/AFP

Paris reopens square at fire-scarred Notre-Dame cathedral

May 31, 2020 - 11:44 PM

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo says 'it is almost a form of rebirth'

France limits Paris lockdown easing over coronavirus fears

May 08, 2020 - 11:03 AM

Some schools are due to open, a strategy that has caused controversy

LOCKED. A woman wearing a face mask looks through the windows of the La Chapelle metro station as she waits on the platform on March 27, 2020, in Paris. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Eiffel Tower caps 'HeroesShineBright' tribute

May 03, 2020 - 12:50 PM

The 9-day #HeroesShineBright initiative started on April 24 in New York to thank all frontliners fighting COVID-19

FRONTLINERS TRIBUTE. The Eiffel Tower is seen as a backdrop to bronze statues, one dressed in a mask across her nose and mouth, emmulating the ations of many citizens protecting themselves against the novel coronavirus at the Parvis des Droits de l'Homme in Paris on May 2, 2020. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Coronavirus a 'catastrophe' for Paris tourist industry

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:20 PM

Hotels and restaurants across Paris are hit hard by fears over the novel coronavirus

People wear a protective facemask as they walk in front the Eiffel tower, in Paris, on March 12, 2020 during a world COVID-19 outbreak. - The novel coronavirus "is a controllable pandemic" if countries step up measures to tackle it, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said March 12, 2020. More than 4,500 people have died, according to an AFP tally, while the WHO said some 125,000 cases had been reported from 118 countries and territories. The pandemic has disrupted cultural and sporting events around the world as authorities try to prevent large gatherings. (Photo by Ludovic Marin / AFP)

Junna Tsukii bags 2nd straight bronze in Paris Premier League

Jan 26, 2020 - 6:42 PM

National karateka Junna Tsukii secures another podium finish to rake in more points and boost her bid for a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth

ON A ROLL. Junna Tsukii shows her fine form with her second international bronze in a span of two weeks. Photo courtesy of Junna Tsukii

Fashion legend Jean-Paul Gaultier bows out in style

Jan 23, 2020 - 12:04 PM

The French fashion designer makes a formal exit in his final fashion show

French designer Jean Paul Gaultier acknowledges the audience at the end of his Women's Spring-Summer 2020 Haute Couture collection fashion show in Paris, on January 22, 2020. - Legendary French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier is set to retire from fashion after a typically spectacular show in Paris on January 22, 2020. The maverick creator stunned fans on January 17, by announcing that the haute couture show in a theatre in the French capital would be his last. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

IN PHOTOS: Heart Evangelista at Paris Fashion Week 2020

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:45 AM

From a meeting with Vogue editors to a Chanel fashion show, Heart's slaying Paris Fashion Week

Paris metro faces 'severe' disruptions from December 5 strike

Nov 28, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Unions are calling a new indefinite strike against an overhaul of the pensions system that they say will require people to work longer or accept a lower pension

POTENTIAL DISRUPTIONS. In this file photo taken on November 22, 2005 a traveller is about to get into a subway station, in Paris, France. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Paris police attacker had 'radical vision of Islam'

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:35 PM

A French prosecutor says the assailant was in contact with the 'Salafist Islamist Movement'

4 killed in Paris police stabbing, attacker shot dead

Oct 03, 2019 - 9:45 PM

The attack comes amid growing tensions within the ranks of the police, who are stretched to the limit after a year of trying to contain weekly 'yellow vest' anti-Macron demonstrations

PARIS STABBING. Police stand near a firefighter vehicle near Paris prefecture de police (police headquarters) on October 3, 2019 after four officers were killed in a knife attack. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Paris climate march organizers call for protest end after clashes

Sep 21, 2019 - 11:10 PM

'Take no risks and leave the march for the climate. The conditions for a non-violent march are not in place,' co-organizer Greenpeace tells French protesters after violence erupts during the climate march in Paris

MARCH TURNS VIOLENT. A French firefighter holds an axe and a sledgehammer on his shoulder during a climate change protest in Paris on September 21, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

LOOK: Heart Evangelista serves all the looks at Paris Fashion Week

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:34 PM

Heart Evangelista in the fashion capital of the world means next level OOTDs

OOTD. Heart Evangelista is in the French capital for Paris Fashion Week. Photo from Instagram.com/iamhearte

Cigarette, electrical fault 'may have caused' Notre-Dame fire

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The statement, signed by chief Paris prosector Remy Heitz, emphasizes that the investigation has still not clarified the actual cause of the fire

NOTRE-DAME FIRE. Smoke billows as flames burn through the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris. File photo by Fabien Barrau/AFP

Cebu Pacific orders 31 Airbus planes at Paris Air Show

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:05 AM

The planes that Cebu Pacific ordered, worth $6.8 billion, will allow the airline to 'continue offering the lowest fares' due to improved passenger capacity

NEXT-GEN PLANES. Cebu Pacific buys Airbus A330 new engine option planes from Airbus. Photo from Airbus

Chris Brown skips Paris hearing over rape accusation

May 29, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The singer is accused of raping a woman on the night of January 15 early this year

VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA - APRIL 28: Chris Brown performs onstage at SOMETHING IN THE WATER - Day 3 on April 28, 2019 in Virginia Beach City. Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Something in the Water/AFP

Staff of Louvre Museum in Paris go on strike over worker shortage

May 28, 2019 - 6:01 PM

Due to the increasing number of museum visitors, the Louvre's staff is now 'suffocating' and very 'overwhelmed'

Most Notre-Dame pledges not yet collected – archbishop

May 16, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Donors have pledged about a billion euros ($1.12 billion) but so far 'the greater part of these donations have not yet materialized,' says the Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit

DAMAGED. In this file photo, firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. File photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Officials warn of lead pollution risks after Notre-Dame blaze

May 10, 2019 - 8:13 AM

Analysis detects lead dust in 'very significant' levels on some streets and pavements outside the cathedral, which remain off limits to the public since the April 15 blaze

Smoke billows as flames burn through the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze. (Photo by Fabien Barrau / AFP)

Paris police station closed after attack... by fleas

May 06, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'Police station closed until further notice!' reads a notice stuck to the front door of the station, which is located in the 19th district of the French capital

Paris police clash with protesters ahead of May Day march

May 01, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Hundreds of so-called 'black bloc' activists push to the front of the gathering crowd on Montparnasse Boulevard, hurling bottles and other projectiles at police in a confrontation some 90 minutes before the march was to start

PROTEST. A yellow vest protester standing on a street pole between police and fellow protesters gestures prior to the start of the annual May Day rally in Paris on May 1, 2019. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Notre-Dame organ dusty but undamaged: organist

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Nothing burned, nothing melted, very little water from the fire hoses got into the organ itself,' says organist Johann Vexo

A February 1, 2004 shows the organ of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, one of the most famous in the World. - (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Workers ignored ban on smoking at Notre-Dame cathedral, admits contractor

Apr 25, 2019 - 8:15 AM

But a spokesman for the scaffolding company renovating Notre-Dame said: 'In no way could a cigarette butt be the cause of the fire'

Technicians work on Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris on April 23, 2019, one week after a fire devastated the cathedral.  KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Triggered ka ba ng nasunog na Notre-Dame?

Apr 22, 2019 - 12:24 PM

Dahil wala tayong personal na koneksyon sa 'intangible heritage,' ampaw ang koneksyon natin sa mga puntod ng ating kasaysayan

In shadow of burned Notre-Dame, Paris Catholics pray for Easter renewal

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The Easter Sunday Mass at Saint-Eustache church in Paris, celebrated in the wake of the Notre-Dame fire, is pervaded by the spirit and hope of a fresh start

Faithful attend mass in tribute to the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral at the Saint Eustache church in Paris, on Easter Sunday, on April 21, 2019. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

IOC pledges 500,000 euros to ensure Notre-Dame ready for Paris 2024

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:28 PM

'The aim of completing the reconstruction in time for Paris 2024 will be an extra motivation for all of us,' says International Olympics Committee president Thomas Bach

DAMAGED. This photo shows the damaged roof of Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital. Photo by Amaury Blin/AFP

Notre-Dame esplanade to get 'ephemeral' wooden cathedral during rebuild

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo backs the idea of a 'wooden cathedral' that will host priests who will address tourists and visitors

Firefighters secure Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, in the aftermath of a fire that caused its spire to crash to the ground. - Crowds of stunned Parisians and tourists -- some crying, others offering prayers -- watched in horror in central Paris on April 15 night as firefighters struggled for hours to extinguish the flames engulfing the Notre-Dame Cathedral. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)

Disney offers $5 million for the Notre-Dame it once immortalized on film

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:28 AM

The iconic Paris cathedral is immortalized in Disney's 1996 animated blockbuster 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'

Watch out for false information about the Notre-Dame fire

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Be on the lookout for disinformation involving the tragic Notre-Dame fire, which destroyed the roof of the Parisian cathedral

Firefighter douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A major fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky, the fire service said. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year, where renovations are currently underway. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)

France launches global contest to replace Notre-Dame spire

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:52 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Edouard Philippe describes the task of rebuilding it as 'a huge challenge and historic responsibility'

DESIGNING NOTRE-DAME. A man rides his bicycle along the Seine banks, close to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on March 10, 2016. File photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Firefighting robot Colossus helps put out Notre-Dame fire

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Colossus, built by French technology firm Shark Robotics, is meant to be water and fire-resistant, allowing it to withstand extreme conditions

COLOSSUS. Shark Robotics' Colossus robot is a modular machine meant for firefighting and other types of dangerous operations. Image from Shark Robotics.

'Like a bombing': Daylight reveals extent of Notre-Dame damage

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:22 AM

'It felt like I was looking at a bombing,' says Philippe Marsset, the vicar general of Notre-Dame, who was among the first to enter the cathedral

DAMAGED. This photo shows the damaged roof of Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital. Photo by Amaury Blin/AFP

World leaders stunned by Notre-Dame fire, urge rebuilding

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Political, cultural, and religious leaders stress the unique and iconic place the Notre-Dame Cathedral has in human history and express solidarity with France

FIRE. People watch as Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral burns late into the night on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

'Hunchback of Notre-Dame' tops bestseller lists after fire

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:27 PM

The monument was ravaged by fire on April 15

NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS. The famed cathedral, pictured here in December 2006, is said to be a central character in Victor Hugo's novel. A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed cathedral in central Paris on April 15. File photo by Pierre Verdy/AFP

Workers questioned over Notre-Dame inferno as donations pour in

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(4th UPDATE) A host of French billionaires and companies have stepped forward with offers of cash worth around 600 million euros to remake the iconic structure

FIREFIGHTING. Firefighters secure Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, in the aftermath of a fire that caused its spire to crash to the ground. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

YouTube accidentally links Notre-Dame fire to 9/11 attacks

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:25 PM

A spokesman for YouTube, which is owned by Google, says the text box feature had been disabled for live streams related to the fire

EXTINGUISHING THE FIRE. Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Philippines 'saddened, bothered' by Notre-Dame fire

Apr 16, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) The Manila Cathedral, which was destroyed by fire in the past, grieves the burning of part of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in France

NOTRE-DAME FIRE. Firefighters douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Some Notre-Dame treasures saved by French firefighters

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:30 AM

The Holy Crown of Thorns and a sacred tunic worn by 13th-century French king Louis, two irreplaceable artifacts, have been rescued

NOTRE-DAME. Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

LOOK: Neymar visits recovering Pele in hospital

Apr 09, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Neymar visits Brazilian football legend Pele who was hospitalized for urinary tract infection

LEGENDS. Neymar visits Pele in the hospital hours before the 78-year-old's discharge. Photo from Neymar's Instagram

Football legend Pele to stay in Paris hospital for extra night

Apr 08, 2019 - 1:53 PM

The three-time World Cup winner was admitted to a hospital with a urinary tract infection

UNDER OBSERVATION. A date for Pele's discharge has not been officially announced by the hospital. File photo from Shutterstock


China's Xi meets top EU leaders to strengthen ties

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:11 PM

Xi Jinping stresses that 'a united and prosperous Europe fits in with our vision of a multipolar world'

XI IN EUROPE. Princess Charlene of Monaco (upper left), the wife of China's President Peng Liyuan (upper right), Prince Albert II of Monaco (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd right) leave after their meeting at the Monaco Palace on March 24, 2019. Photo by Valery Hache/AFP

France unveils new tax for global internet giants

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Having failed to persuade his European partners to introduce an EU-wide tax, France will go it alone with its own new mechanism

Paris gets in breakdance groove ahead of 2024 Olympic bow

Feb 25, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Breakdance is set to make a splash on its Olympic debut at the Paris Games

BREAKTHROUGH. Breakdancing just needs the approval of the International Olympic Committee for it to be included as an event in the 2024 Olympics. Photos from Shutterstock


'I don't want to hide' says Salman Rushdie, 30 years after fatwa

Feb 11, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Salman Rushdie's life takes a drastic turn when Iran's spiritual leader ordered his execution after branding his novel 'The Satanic Verses' blasphemous in 1989

SALMAN RUSHDIE. US novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie poses during a photo session in Paris on September 10 , 2018. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

10 dead in Paris apartment block fire, police suspect arson

Feb 05, 2019 - 12:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Described as a 'scene of incredible violence,' the blaze also leaves around 30 people – including 6 firefighters – with injuries

Firefighters are seen near a building that caught fire in the 16th arrondissement in Paris, on February 5, 2019. Photo by Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP

Woman maintains Paris rape claim against Chris Brown – lawyer

Jan 24, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Karima's lawyer Jean-Marc Descoubes says his client stands by her testimony

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 7, 2015 US rapper Chris Brown attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. - US rapper Chris Brown is detained in Paris after a rape claim, security sources told on January 22, 2019. (Photo by Jason Merritt / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Cocaine found in Chris Brown's hotel room 'was not his' - lawyer

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Lawyer Raphael Chiche says the cocaine 'belonged to those who had come to party in his suite on the night of January 20-21'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 20, 2016 US singer Chris Brown preforms during the World Music Festival "Mawazine" in Rabat. - US rapper Chris Brown is detained in Paris after a rape claim, security sources told on January 22, 2019. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) / MOY

Singer Chris Brown freed after questioning in Paris on rape claim

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:00 AM

After being held overnight for questioning over a rape allegation in Paris, the R&B star was eventually released without charge

RAPE CLAIM. Chris Brown was freed a day after a 25-year-old woman made a claim that she was sexually assaulted by the singer, his bodyguard, and friend. Photo from Chris Brown's Instagram account