August 10, 2006 |
The French government, taking a new step in its drive to clear the capital's streets of tent encampments, said Paris authorities would provide accommodations for more than 1,100 homeless people. The measure, expected to cost about $9 million, will transform temporary night shelters into places where the homeless can stay throughout the day. Authorities say the effort stems from health and safety concerns. Activists accuse the government of acting on behalf of tourists and wealthy Parisians.
March 30, 2006 |
An Algerian was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for acting as a banker for and giving logistical support to Algerian terrorists who bombed the Paris subway in 1995. Rachid Ramda was the subject of a 10-year extradition fight with Britain, which handed him to France in December. At the start of his trial last month, Ramda proclaimed his innocence and expressed sympathy for victims of the string of attacks in the Paris Metro, which killed eight people and injured more than 100.
September 3, 2005 |
Police evicted about 140 mainly African squatters, some sobbing or screaming, from two dilapidated buildings Friday as authorities began a sweep of dwellings deemed fire hazards. Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy ordered 60 such buildings closed, after two recent blazes killed dozens of African immigrants this year in the French capital and focused attention on substandard housing. Police on Friday opened an arson investigation into one of the fires, which killed 17 people last week.
May 23, 2002 |
A fire erupted early today at the Israeli Embassy in Paris, slightly injuring five firefighters and causing heavy damage to the building, officials said. But there were no indications that the blaze was caused by arson or an attack. The fire started about 2:20 a.m. Authorities initially said the blaze had destroyed an unoccupied wing of the embassy that was being renovated. But Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe later said, "It is in fact the embassy" that was burned. Fire Capt.
April 18, 2004 |
One gray Saturday in March, I went to the Paris Travel Show at Exposition Park in the southwest part of the city. Right in the middle of the huge, packed hall, I found the booth for Michelin Guides, where a salesman showed me almost every book and map on the racks, including, of course, Michelin France 2004, also known as the Red Guide. With its Bible-thin pages, red ribbon place-marker and cunning symbols, the annually revised book is a travel classic.
March 7, 2004 |
About the time I was told it could take up to three months to get a long-term French visa because I had filed all the wrong documents and didn't have a permanent address in Paris, I wondered what I was doing. Why was I giving up my rent-controlled apartment in sunny L.A., abandoning my car, saying goodbye to family and friends? Why, in short, was I moving to Paris? Actually, this doesn't count as moving because I'm coming back.
June 23, 2003 |
Deal making declined nearly 30% at the Paris Air Show from two years ago, but organizers said Sunday that they are hopeful economic conditions will improve in time for the next show in 2005. The show wrapped up, opening its doors to the public for one final day of aerial displays by about two dozen aircraft. Yves Bonnet, who heads the air show, said the total value of deals announced at the eight-day show fell to $32 billion from about $45 billion in 2001.
June 12, 1990
The Paris-based International Exhibition Bureau is scheduled to decide Thursday on the site of the Expo 2000 world's fair, and lovers of Venice around the globe are waiting for its verdict with bated breath. Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti says that hosting the event would give his government the chance to inject new life in Venice's economy and to launch long-term projects to protect its artistic heritage.
November 21, 1990 |
It was tiny San Marino's day of glory Tuesday at the 34-nation Paris summit. The postage-stamp republic atop Mt. Titano on the Italian peninsula was represented at the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) by a 37-year-old former high school teacher, Gabriele Gatti. Although San Marino has only 22,361 citizens, CSCE rules give all countries equal status.