The country's bid to buy property in the heart of the City of Light.
Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.
Alain Robert entertained the lunch crowd in La Defense yesterday as he scaled a 607-foot tower with his bare hands.
New York. Paris. Bacon.
It doesn't get much more French than this.
A whopping 9,000 bikes were damaged or stolen last year, costing the Vélib' system about €1 million.
Goussainville-Vieux Pays was once a thriving farming village. The opening of Charles de Gaulle Airport changed that.
Paris has traditionally eschewed tall buildings, but a new wave of architects are looking to change that.
Stories of workers who survive on difficult work and little money.
Why cities need quiet spaces.
How we learned to use Polariod's precursor to capture urban life.
France's 5 million Muslims say they often feel left out of mainstream society, as well as the job force.
A new radar system can show us exactly how much rain is falling in a given spot.
A study of Baron von Haussmann's Paris.
A spate of new blogs seek out the underbelly of Paris, London and Berlin.
Just not always for the better: "I've deliberately designed maps that are deliberately horrible to look at, and succeeded."
The French capital plans to form a huge new urban authority, with roughly three times its current population and four times the land.
Smallpox maliciously released in London would spread to several countries before governments could intervene, a new model predicts.
France looks set to implement a series of groundbreaking laws designed to induce landlords to rent to a wider variety of income levels.