Posted: November 13, 2015 Filed under: Diplomacy, Global, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Agence France-Presse, Angela Merkel, Arc de Triomphe, Austria, Border control, Brussels, Budapest, Champs-Élysées, EUROPE, European Commission, European Union, Germany, Hungary, Illegal immigration
President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency Friday and announced border restrictions for the country. Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
France’s foreign minister said the country would implement border controls across road, rail, sea and aviation entry points. Airline and rail links would continue to operate, with airports remaining open. France has open borders with many of its European neighbors, though the government’s announcement suggests some checks would be restored. Early Saturday, travel officials were still trying to figure out what the additional security measures would entail, but the steps could include ID checks at borders that previously weren’t required.
This is an aerial view of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on VE Day, May 7, 1945, shows thousands of French people celebrating the announcement of Germany’s unconditional surrender to the Allies. British, American and French servicemen mingled with the crowds who sang and danced throughout the night. (AP Photo/Griffin)
A French aviation official said that while airports would be open, enhanced security procedures would go into force.
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Most international train and ferry services had already halted for the night.
Eurostar, the operator of high-speed international train service into Paris, said it was working with authorities to understand the implications to how border restrictions might impact service. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 12, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, History | Tags: 1940s, Adolf Hitler, Albert Speer, Arc de Triomphe, Associated Press, Champs-Élysées, Django Reinhardt, Eiffel Tower, Germany, Gypsy, Jazz, Music, Nazi Occupation, Paris, Pete Conrad, Sacré-Cœur, Sonia Dimitrivich
Django Reinhardt in a hotel room in 1945 with gypsy singer Sonia Dimitrivich. Django spent his time during the Nazi Occupation oscillating between a suite on the Champs Elysee and gypsy encampments.
Posted: September 7, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, History | Tags: Albert Speer, Amsterdam, Arc de Triomphe, Audrey Hepburn, Champs-Élysées, Chris Froome, Eiffel Tower, France, Glamour, Paris, Photography
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Marcel Thomas in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, June 1956.
Posted: July 26, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Global, Mediasphere | Tags: Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, CNN, National Police (France), Paris, Place de la Concorde, Police, Police officer, Sacré Bleu!, Tour de France
PARIS — Police in Paris opened fire Sunday morning on a car that drove toward a group of police officers near the Tour de France perimeter, a spokesman for the French National Police told CNN.
“The police shot at the car in self-defense, but it was able to drive away, the official said. No one was hurt, and police are searching for the car.”
The incident is not believed to be related to terrorism, he said.
The official, who did not give his name as a matter of standard policy, said the car initially hit another vehicle. When stopped by the police, the driver refused to obey orders and proceeded instead to drive toward police officers in the Place de la Concorde who were placing a safety barricade for the Tour de France bicycle race. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 27, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, History | Tags: 1880s, Acropolis Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Charlie Hebdo, Eiffel Tower, France, Paris, Photography, Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty under construction in Paris. 1884 – five years before the Eiffel Tower would be completed.