Love locks collapse part of Paris’ famed Pont des Arts

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The Pont des Arts footbridge over the Seine in central Paris was closed for a few hours on Sunday after a metal grill laden with padlocks left by amorous couples collapsed onto the walkway.

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French can now say ‘non’ to work after office hours

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A new French labor agreement stipulates that a million workers in one sector don’t have to answer business calls or emails after office hours.

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From the vault: Inauguration of the Eiffel Tower

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125 years ago today, on March 31, 1889, engineer Gustave Eiffel climbed the 1,710 steps of the Eiffel Tower to unfurl the French tricolor, officially marking the completion of his crowning achievement.

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To catch a thief: Masked man hunted after $136M Cannes jewel heist

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Police are hunting for man who stole millions worth of jewels from a top French Riviera hotel — the same spot where Alfred Hitchcock filmed some of 1955’s classic “To Catch a Thief.”

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The straight-shooting woman taking on the ‘boys’ club’ of French politics

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The politician known as “NKM” is a rising star in France - a tough, military-trained engineer first elected to the National Assembly at the age of just 29 and tipped by some as a future president.

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First gay marriage celebrated in France

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Two men married each other in the southern French city of Montpellier on Wednesday, in the first same-sex wedding in a country rocked by protests against and for the reform. 

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Man commits suicide inside Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral

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A man committed suicide inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday, prompting the clearing out of hundreds of tourists, who had been waiting in a snaking line to visit the 850-year-old landmark. 

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France legalizes gay marriage despite angry protests

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France became the 14th country in the world to allow same-sex couples to wed Tuesday, when its parliament approved a law that has sparked often violent street protests and a rise in homophobic attacks.

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Police: Eiffel Tower evacuated after bomb threat

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French police say the Eiffel Tower has been completely evacuated after an anonymous individual called in a bomb threat Saturday.

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Americans among dozens seized in 'terrorist incident' at Algeria gas plant

Three Americans were among dozens of foreign nationals kidnapped by heavily armed militants who attacked a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, U.S. officials said.

A militant group claimed the raid was launched in retaliation for France’s military intervention in neighboring Mali, Reuters reporting, citing media reports in the region.

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Disco cathedral? Lyon’s Festival of Lights

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The Festival of Lights, with designers from all over the world, is one of Lyon’s most famous festivals and will run from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9. The annual festival takes over buildings, squares, rivers and hills of the city with more than 70 performances and light installations and attracts over four million visitors to the city of Lyon, France.

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Oh honey, why so blue? French beehives take a mysterious colorful turn

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Reuters — Bees at a cluster of apiaries in northeastern France have been producing honey in mysterious shades of blue and green, alarming their keepers who now believe residue from containers of M&M’s candy processed at a nearby biogas plant is the cause.

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Hair-raising entertainment at beard and moustache competition

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A combination photo shows participants during the 2012 European Beard and Moustache Championships in Wittersdorf near Mulhouse, Eastern France, September 22, 2012. More than a hundred participants competed in the first European Beard and Moustache Championships organized in France.

Looking for Mr. Right? Go shopping in Paris

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Women gather and take pictures in front of boxes where men stand like toys on Sept. 11 in Paris, on the opening day of a store of the online dating site “” (, where women can choose and also date men according to their profiles and taste. This traveling store will open ten days in Paris, before going to Brussels, Lausanne, Toulouse and Lyon and then going back to Paris.