French police have seized 20 tonnes of miniature Eiffel Towers as part of a crackdown on the souvenirs which are offered illegally to tourists at visitor hotspots around Paris, security sources told AFP. The small metal trinkets are sold for as little as five for one euro at places such as the Louvre museum or outside the real Eiffel Tower, usually by African migrants who play a game of cat-and-mouse with police. A joint investigation involving French immigration authorities led to raids on three Chinese wholesalers who are suspected of importing the towers and More than 1,000 boxes, containing in total 20 tonnes of miniature Eiffel Towers, were seized from two depots and three shops in the Paris region on Nine people have been arrested. … [Read more...] about Police in Paris seize 20 tonnes of miniature Eiffel Towers
"Picasso: Blue and Rose" delves into the formative days from 1900 to 1906 when the young artist was living the Bohemian life in a Montmartre studio, at times burning his works to ward off the cold. "The strongest walls would open before me," he would proudly write while absorbing the influence of Manet, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh. The exhibition at the Musee d'Orsay was conceived with the Picasso and Orangerie museums in Paris as well as the Beyeler Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, which will also show the works early next year. Curators managed to secure exceptional loans of works from the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and institutions in the US, Switzerland and Russia as well as from private collections rarely open to the public. The works include some 80 paintings and 150 drawings by the artist in his early 20s as he absorbed what would become his adopted country, and several sculptures alongside portrayals of Picasso … [Read more...] about Paris show blends happiness and melancholia of young Picasso
TWO Englishmen remained in a “critical state” in a Paris hospital today as the man who used them as human shields before attacking them with a knife appeared in court for the first time. But examining magistrates denied the application, meaning Noorzada was taken to a closed hearing at the Paris Correctional Court. There he was expected to be formally charged with multiple attempts at murder, and to be remanded in custody. It was the first time that the man, said to be a homeless crack cocaine addict, had left his hospital bed since Sunday – the day of the savage attack in which seven people were wounded. Noorzada used a 15-inch kitchen knife and an iron bar in the series of assaults beside a canal in the north of the French capital. The 56 and 53-year-old Englismen, who had been enjoying a relaxing weekend in Paris, were used as ‘human shields’ against petanque players who were throwing metal boules at Noorzada’s head. One of … [Read more...] about Two middle-aged Brits used as human shields during Paris knife rampage are STILL critical – as Afghan, 31, who posed as child refugee appears in court
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The Paris city council member in charge of housing said Thursday that he would propose outlawing home rentals via Airbnb and other websites in the city centre, accusing the service of forcing residents out of the French capital. Ian Brossat told AFP that he would also seek to prohibit the purchase of secondary residences in Paris, saying such measures were necessary to keep the city from becoming an "open-air museum". Banning Airbnb rentals in the central areas of Paris might be a source of regret for tourists but perhaps it will be good news for the declining number of locals who live in the area, Brossat argues. "One residence out of every four no longer houses Parisians," said Brossat. Photo: AFP "I think we should prohibit the rental of entire apartments in the central arrondissements of Paris and allow only room rentals as was the case when Airbnb was first created," the elected official who has been in charge … [Read more...] about Could Airbnb rentals soon be banned in central Paris?