France has a surprisingly large number of streets named after Americans. There are streets named for Thomas Edison, George Gershwin and Ben Franklin. But recent plans to name a street after Steve Jobs has encountered some resistance. Specifically, resistance from French Communists.
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Kim Kardashian was "bound and gagged" in a Paris hotel on Sunday evening while being held up at gunpoint by five armed men dressed as policemen. While the hotel itself is known for its discretion when hosting celebrities, one has to wonder exactly how the thieves tracked down Kardashian's exact location. The Kardashians have publicly expressed anxiety that Snapchat could be revealing their locations in the past.
The Eiffel Tower is the most famous and one of the most heavily-guarded structures in Paris. For a fee you can hang out inside of it, but its upper reaches are not legally accessible to the public. So three Russian daredevils decided to scale it anyway, without safety equipment, while being filmed by a drone. Go big or go home, as they say.
Video: When you throw a GoPro on a fishing rod and toss it in the flooded Seine in Paris and then flip that footage upside down, you better be prepared for some interesting shots of the City of Light. Some of it is really cool, what you think is the real world gets all bendy and warped. Other parts can get a little bit dull, since it's just dirty brown water covering your view.
Last week's flooding in France saw rivers reach their highest levels in 50 years, forcing the Louvre to move its art away from rising waters. After the floods caused 18 deaths and nearly one billion Euros in damage, French President Francois Hollande made a statement urging his country to take stronger action against climate change. Now a group of researchers have scientific evidence to back up Hollande's plea, and have issued a report stating that human-caused climate change played an "important role" in France's destructive deluge.
Paris has tried just about everything to combat its terrible smog problem. The city has launched attempts to take half the cars off its road, introduce regular car-free days and close famous streets to vehicular traffic — but Paris still has some of the worst pollution in Europe. Now a much bigger idea is going into effect: Kicking the oldest cars out of the city.
Video: What would you do if you found yourself alone in a wonderful city like Paris? How would you feel? Would you be lonely? Would it be fun? What would you do? This short film from Mathieu Stern shows how you can feel terribly alone in a big city like Paris when you're occupied with all of life's worries. It's a pretty brilliant portrayal of what happens to the world around us when we're thinking about something else entirely.
Video: Filmmaker Tyler Fairbank spent two weeks in Paris last summer but instead of snapping a bunch of random photos, he captured a series of glorious 4K hyperlapse videos that when edited together let him relive and share his visit to the city of lights — and its most popular landmarks — in just two frantic minutes.
Smog-filled days may be a part of life in Beijing for now, but China is cutting coal and growing its wind and solar energy capacity fast, according to figures released yesterday by the country's National Bureau of Statistics.
Video: When you walk around Paris in real life, you can't help but pretend you're inside a movie. It's the architecture, it's the energy, it's the people, it's the city of light and you can't help but romanticise your experiences there. This clever video of Paris, Apparences from Claire & Max, uses that dreamy quality of the city and transforms the buildings and structures into surreal movie sets. The editing is so good, famous buildings look like they only have the front face and we're exploring an empty playground.
I look to my left and see a sorrowful parent sitting on the curb, comforting his daughter. I look to my right, and I see notes of sympathy among many flowers. Around me, I hear people murmuring respects and singing in French. I'm in the middle of a vigil in the streets of Paris, a week after last month's tragic shooting.
A group of activists have found a way to mark the end of the COP21 summit on a somewhat hopeful note.
The entire world is watching as politicians pour into Paris today to decide the future of the Earth. But you might have missed what's going on outside the summit, where dozens of activists and artists have transformed the city with installations about climate change.
Video: Whoa. It's like being able to have the vision to see the hidden skeleton of the city of light. Antoine Delach's Ghost Cell is a "stereoscopic plunge into the guts of an organic Paris seen as a cell through a virtual microscope". I just love how the look of daily life in Paris is seen in a completely new way. And how it's so cool to see how everything and everybody is connected.