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December 1, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Louvre is just too full of art, and relief is now on the way. The French government has announced plans to build the Louvre II, an offshoot of the famed Paris museum, in northern France as a home for much of its art now sitting in storage. Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said that Lens, in a region hurt by the loss of many industrial sector jobs, won the six-city contest to house the art. The 236,808-square-foot museum will cost about $139 million to build.
July 4, 1997
The Santa Monica Fire Department were host to two Parisian firefighters, who compared trans-Atlantic differences in firefighting techniques. Parisian streets are narrower and curve more than those here, said Willy Preto, 37, whose Parisian rank is comparable to battalion chief. Therefore, Parisian firetrucks are substantially smaller than their American counterparts, he said. Each truck, however, holds about half a dozen firefighters--compared with the average of four in the United States.
March 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen sprayed bullets at guards and blew out the wall of a prison in suburban Paris, freeing a reputed gangster suspected of murder and robbery. The spectacular escape of Antonio Ferrara, 30, was the second high-profile jailbreak in France in less than a week. It came after Joseph Menconi, a suspected murderer, escaped from a prison in Corsica.
September 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
France's president opened a new museum of French architecture in Paris on Monday, with exhibits spanning from the cathedrals of the 11th century to the ultramodern constructions of today. The vast Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine (City of Architecture and Heritage) is housed in a wing of the Chaillot Palace, which overlooks the Eiffel Tower. The site was once home to a little-known museum of French monuments that has been modernized and diversified in a project that began in 1994.
August 29, 1989 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
On a recent morning here, American television star Sandy Duncan pushed a stunt man into the Seine River after whacking him on the head with an umbrella, part of an action sequence for the season opener of her TV sitcom "The Hogan Family." The same spot on the river along the Quai Montebello below Notre Dame Cathedral was reserved a few days later for Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward to stroll hand-in-hand in their new film "Mr. and Mrs.
October 21, 2003 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
Paris Dutch duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren could be two of the cleverest designers on the fashion planet. In the 10 years since they met at art school, they have followed a deliberate path, at first creating a sensation by offering high-minded but mostly unwearable collections that commented on the fashion establishment.
June 28, 1991 | MAUREEN SAJBEL
As time draws near for the July presentations of the haute couture fashion shows in Paris, the question of who can attend comes to mind. It's a snap to get in if you're an accredited journalist, a celebrity or a steady customer who's not squeamish about spending as much as $25,000 for a dress. But if you're not among those few, how do you get into these exclusive shows? Buy a seat through a raffle.
October 9, 2006 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
ABOUT this time in the four-week fashion show odyssey from New York to London, Milan and Paris, it becomes increasingly difficult to focus on clothes. Distractions are everywhere. What on earth do Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham have to talk about in the front row? Is that Italian TV commentator propped up on the side of the runway floor actually being taped giving a play by play? I wonder if a model has ever fallen off her shoes and broken her ankle?
December 19, 2004 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
Christmas here is subtle, partly because the city cannot be significantly improved by red bows and tinsel. All year long, electric lights turn the Eiffel Tower into a gigantic Christmas tree and what are Sacre-Coeur, Notre Dame, L'Opera, Les Invalides if not ornaments? Paris decorates for Christmas in early December, but -- so like the French -- only in the most tasteful and discreet way. Manger scenes are rare in this insistently secular nation.
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