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New Rent Laws Aim to Keep Paris From Becoming Only for the Rich

France looks set to implement a series of groundbreaking laws designed to induce landlords to rent to a wider variety of income levels.

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A Paris Commuter Train Derails, Killing at Least 6

Officials describe an "apocalyptic" scene in Brétigny-sur-Orge, just 12 miles south of the city.

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Vancouver Bans Coal – Let's See How That Goes

Your weekly look at all the stuff our elected leaders are outlawing.

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You Won't Be Able to Stop Staring at This Wild, Perspective-Bending Street Art

Walk high above the mountains without ever leaving the ground.

'Get Lost, You Little Bastard': Brussels and Paris Locked in a Hilarious Insult Throwdown

Is the capital of the EU really just Europe’s capital of ugly? French writers say yes; Brussels fires back.

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How You Cross the Street Largely Depends on Where You're From

French pedestrians take more "risks" at crosswalks than the Japanese, says a new study.

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Historic Maps of the Day: The Louisiana Purchase's 210th Birthday

Celebrating 820,000 square miles.

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Philippe Starck Designs a Bike-Share Scooter-Cycle in France

Is this the hippest bicycle in the world?

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Paris's Power Squatters

How a band of dedicated housing activists got the French government's attention (and participation).

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Lyon Awash in Lights

Larger-than-life men and a glowing cathedral.

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How France Built Inequality Into Its Cities

Planners have created isolated urban enclaves that keep the country’s immigrant population separate.

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Magical Inanimate Object of the Day: The Lotus Dome

Lotus Dome almost seems to have a life of its own.

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A Glow-in-the-Dark Skate Park for Nocturnal Thrashing

Now French skaters can Ollie North any time of the day, thanks to the equivalent of a million fireflies' cumulative photon storm.

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Charlie Chaplin Goes to the Beach

The 65th annual Cannes Film Festival is now underway.

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This Armored Wallpaper Can Stop People from Stealing Your Wi-Fi

Researchers in Grenoble, France, have developed a wallpaper that blocks wireless internet signals from leaking out of your home.

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A Streetlight Powered by Algae: Is This Actually Possible?

The French biochemist behind this strange green light sees it having a "massive" palliative effect on global warming.

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Cities Are Surprisingly Menacing When You Remove All the People

French photographers Lucie & Simon have cleansed major cities of their troublesome humanity, creating empty, dread-filled urban landscapes.

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Say Goodbye to One of the Most Popular Graffiti Spots Near Paris

One of France's most famous tagging destinations, an old warehouse in Pantin, is scheduled to become just another mixed-use development.

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A McDonald's for Architecture Snobs

Forget tacky counters and mass-produced booths. This French McDonald's offers a sleek design for the modern family