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  • Terror plot targeting Eiffel Tower, Louvre foiled, French police say

    07/10/2014 8:15:46 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/9/14 | Fox News
    French authorities say they foiled an Islamic terrorist plot reportedly targeting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and a nuclear power plant last year. The revelation comes as the country unveiled new anti-terror rules which included a proposal to ban terror suspects from leaving the country if it is thought they intend to fight abroad, The Telegraph reported. French authorities revealed they arrested a 29-year-old Algerian butcher living in southern France June 2013, after they found coded messages between him and a high-ranking Al Qaeda member discussing how “to conduct jihad in the place you are currently,” according to Le Parisien....
  • Eiffel Tower: 40 Fascinating Facts (Inaugurated March 31, 1889)

    03/31/2014 12:39:50 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 03/31/2014 | Oliver Smith, and Tom Metcalf
    1. Completed on March 31, 1889, the tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure for 41 years until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930. 2. It is 324 metres tall (including antennas) and weighs 10,100 tonnes. 3. It was the tallest structure in France until the construction of a military transmitter in the town of Saissac in 1973. The Millau Viaduct, completed in 2004, is also taller, at 343 metres. 4. It is possible to climb to the top, but there are 1,665 steps. Most people take the lift. 5. The lifts travel a combined...
  • WWII fighter pilot who flew THROUGH the Eiffel Tower to take down a German plane dies in Virginia

    01/04/2014 9:03:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 20:45 EST, 3 January 2014
    A World War II fighter pilot who gained fame for dramatically flying beneath the Eiffel Tower's arches to take down a German aircraft has died aged 92. William Overstreet Jr. died on Sunday at a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, according to his obituary, but there was no indication of the cause of his death. Overstreet's famously flew his P-51C 'Berlin Express' beneath the Eiffel Tower in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1944, which has been credited with lifting the spirits of French Resistance troops on the ground. For his valiant service, the French ambassador to the United States presented Overstreet with France's...
  • WWII veteran William Overstreet Jr. celebrated for flight in France (under Eiffel Tower in dogfight)

    01/02/2014 11:36:14 AM PST · by Perseverando · 54 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | December 31, 2013 | Tiffany Holland
    Roanoke lost one of its most decorated World War II veterans last weekend. Former fighter pilot William Overstreet Jr., famous for flying beneath the arches of the Eiffel Tower while chasing a German aircraft during the war, died Sunday afternoon. He was 92. Overstreet was awarded hundreds of medals for his service in the 357th squadron of the U.S. Army Air Forces, according to his obituary for Oakey’s Funeral Home. One of his greatest honors was receiving France’s Legion of Honor by the French ambassador to the U.S. in 2009 at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. At the ceremony,...
  • (Pontifex Maximus ... NOT!) Kim Jong Un Building 'Mini World' with Replica Big Ben & Eiffel Tower

    04/29/2013 6:53:49 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 29, 2013 | THE SUN
    Kim Jong Un building 'mini world' with replica Big Ben and Eiffel Tower Chubby tyrant Kim Jong Un is building a “miniature world” in North Korea – with a replica of London's Big Ben at its heart. The dictator is set to open the theme park in capital Pyongyang – and has included the iconic clock tower. The new attraction, which opens this year, will also boast a copy of Paris’ Eiffel Tower. The secretive state famously doesn’t allow its citizens to leave the country – so it appears Jong Un has decided to bring the world to his people....
  • 1,500 people evacuated from Eiffel Tower(short title)

    03/30/2013 8:32:46 PM PDT · by occamrzr06 · 22 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 03/30/2013 | Peter Allen
    The Eiffel Tower was evacuated tonight following a telephoned terrorist bomb warning. Some 1,500 people, including tourists and staff, were escorted out of France's most famous landmark shortly after 7.30pm. It follows threats from Al-Qaeda pledging 'revenge' for the French intervention in the African state of Mali to fight Islamic terrorists. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301676/BREAKING-NEWS-1-500-people-evacuated-Eiffel-Tower-anonymous-phone-claimed-explosives-placed-landmark.html#ixzz2P5IbOcgI
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Supermoon Over Paris

    05/07/2012 6:37:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    NASA ^ | May 07, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Did you see that full Moon Saturday night? Dubbed a supermoon, the latest fully illuminated moon appeared slightly larger than usual because it occurred unusually near the closest point in its orbit to Earth. Pictured above, the supermoon was captured Saturday night rising behind the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Of course, the angular extent of the moon in comparison to foreground objects can be adjusted just by changing the observer's distance to the foreground object. When compared to nearby objects the moon may appear tiny, but when compared to distant objects -- the moon may...
  • France: Paris landmarks on terrorists’ list(Eiffel & Notre Dame)

    10/04/2010 7:57:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Connexion ^ | 10/04/10
    Paris landmarks on terrorists’ list October 04, 2010 THE EIFFEL Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral are among the top potential terrorist targets in Europe, according to the newspaper Le Monde. The paper, citing the American channel Fox News, said two “high-up officials in the western intelligence services” have confirmed that the tower and cathedral figure on a list passed on by a Pakistani interrogated at a military base in Afghanistan. They are said to be among sites selected because they attract a lot of people, along with, for example, the central station in Berlin. Security for the British royal family has...
  • 39 detained over Eiffel Tower souvenir sales

    07/01/2010 7:58:46 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | July 1, 2010
    PARIS — French police have struck a blow to a black-market trade that has long flourished in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower: informal peddling of mini tower replicas. Police detained 39 people in breaking up a Chinese-run ring of illegal Senegalese immigrants accused of selling unauthorized Eiffel Tower souvenirs, a spokeswoman for the Paris police headquarters said Thursday. Several vendors were arrested at or near the tower itself in the raids this week, while their Chinese employers were detained in offices and a building used for storing the merchandise, the spokeswoman said. She was not authorized to be publicly...
  • Eiffel Tower Lit up with Turkey’s Colors

    10/21/2009 2:56:10 PM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 12 replies · 473+ views
    Travel News Gazette ^ | 7 Oct | Ozgur Tore
    The Eiffel Tower, which has become a global icon of France, was lit up with colors of Turkish flag under the ongoing “Season of Turkey” activities in France. The tower will be wearing Turkey’s colors (red and white) from 8:00 p.m. to dawn for five days The Paris Municipality, earlier, decided to make a gesture to President Abdullah Gul during his visit to Paris by lighting up the tower with colors of Turkish flag from October 6 to October 11. Turkish President Gul visited France on October 7 to attend opening of the exhibition “Istanbul through the Ages” at Grand...
  • Teenager Jumps To Her Death From Eiffel Tower, Crashing Onto Roof Of Packed Restaurant 180Ft Below

    06/26/2009 8:34:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 54 replies · 2,679+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | June 26, 2009
    Teenager jumps to her death from Eiffel Tower, crashing onto roof of packed restaurant 180ft below IAN SPARKS 27th June 2009 A teenage tourist has leapt to her death from the Eiffel Tower in Paris and crashed onto the roof of a packed restaurant 180ft below. The 18-year-old Brazilian girl jumped from a second-storey tier as her brother frantically tried to stop her. Diners on the tower's 170ft-high first floor then heard her smash into the plastic roof of the restaurant, believed to be Altitude 95, five feet above their heads. Altitude 95, on the first tier of the Eiffel...
  • French Workers Shut Down Eiffel Tower: A Preview Of Socialism

    04/11/2009 2:56:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 2,323+ views
    Human Events ^ | 04/10/09 | Rachel Marsden
    French Workers Shut Down Eiffel Tower: A Preview Of Socialism by Rachel Marsden 04/10/2009 A Rasmussen poll here in America has just found that only 53% Americans prefer capitalism to socialism. Care to see what the alternative looks like? “Strike closes Eiffel Tower; worker’s demands not known,” read the headline of a Canadian Press story this week. Apparently 500 people who work in the city’s largest tourist attraction all just walked off the job. No one even needs an excuse not to work in France anymore. Coming up with things like “demands” takes work and effort. And why bother going...
  • Snowboarding in the streets of Paris!

    02/09/2009 11:44:23 AM PST · by mefm247 · 8 replies · 937+ views
    URTHEWORLD.com ^ | 05/01/2009 | Lixao
    Crazy american drives the french nuts by snowboarding in the streets of Paris. Very funny...
  • Eiffel Tower gets skyscraper rival

    06/10/2008 9:10:26 PM PDT · by Sax · 18 replies · 40+ views
    The Press Association ^ | 5/27/08 | The Press Assn
    A towering 71-storey skyscraper to rival the Eiffel Tower is to be built on the edge of Paris. The Signal Tower is expected to be completed in 2015 and will be 987.5 feet tall and stand in the La Defense business district. The rectangular tower will be divided into four levels to house shops, a luxury hotel, offices and apartments on the top - crowned with green from the atrium. The building, designed by award-winning French architect Jean Nouvel, will be 75 feet shorter than the Eiffel Tower, making it the second-tallest building in the Paris metropolitan area. It is...
  • Terrorists 'in plot to blow up Eiffel Tower'

    01/11/2008 1:09:44 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 38 replies · 236+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | January 11, 2008 | Ian Sparks
    A plot by Islamic terrorists to blow up the Eiffel Tower has been uncovered. A scrambled short-wave radio conversation exposing the planned attack on the world's most visited monument was picked up by Portuguese air traffic controllers and passed on to French spy chiefs. The 1,060ft high tower has more than six million visitors a year - an average of more than 16,000 a day. A successful strike on the 7,500 ton iron tower, which was looked down on Paris since 1889, would be a French 9/11 and could cost thousands of lives. The threat was uncovered in a "vague...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 1-31-2007

    01/30/2007 10:43:31 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 136+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 1-30-2007 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. It's "Lights out" on the Eiffel Tower What happened? Did Paris lose power? This action's intent? The environment...! (You can say it's not their brightest hour.)
  • Lights out at Eiffel Tower

    01/30/2007 10:25:38 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 27 replies · 1,271+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 31 January 2006
    THE Eiffel Tower's lights will be turned off for five minutes on Friday as part of a campaign to save energy and draw attention to the plight of the planet. The agency that manages the Paris landmark said today that it will be joining a campaign to draw attention to "sustainable development and the preservation of the planet" with the five-minute blackout at 5.55am AEDT. The campaign called Five Minutes of Respite for the Planet is being held as world experts meet in Paris to thrash out a report on global warming. The Eiffel Tower has recently changed its lighting...
  • 25 guilty of Eiffel blast plot (RoP Alert!)

    06/16/2006 9:53:14 PM PDT · by CheyennePress · 11 replies · 541+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 16, 2006
    PARIS: A French court has sentenced 25 Muslims for planning attacks on the Eiffel Tower and other targets with explosives in support of rebels fighting Russian forces in Chechnya. The five main defendants, of Moroccan and Algerian origin, received prison terms of eight to 10 years, while the others received lesser terms for criminal association. Two were acquitted in a trial that prosecutors said had demonstrated the "globalisation of the jihad movement". Prosecutors at the six-week trial in Paris, which ended last month, said the group was planning to hit the Eiffel Tower, Paris's Les Halles underground shopping centre, police...
  • The Terrorist Round-up for 6/16/06 (104 Killed in Iraq, 40 in Afghanistan - The Quagmire Continues)

    06/16/2006 6:08:41 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 17 replies · 1,793+ views
    U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Richard M. Mason II, an assaultman for 2nd Platoon, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, sights down range with his rocket launcher. Nicknamed the "Rocket Man," he has effectively fired 24 rockets using the Shoulder-Launched Multi-Purpose Assault Weapon or SMAW during combat ops in Ramadi. (U.S.M.C. photo by Cpl. Joseph DiGirolamo) An assault team from B Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, prepare to enter a possible suicide vehicle bomb workshop in Fallujah, Iraq. The Marines are searching the vacant garage after receiving intelligence that the owner might be supporting...
  • Eiffel Tower evacuated (Bomb Threat)

    10/09/2005 12:40:34 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 15 replies · 598+ views
    news 24 ^ | October 9, 2005
    Paris - Authorities evacuated the Eiffel Tower on Sunday following an anonymous bomb threat, police said. After a Paris police station received a threatening telephone call on Sunday, authorities asked visitors and workers to leave the monument, police said. A squad of explosives experts headed to the scene - standard procedure after such threats. Police turned up nothing suspicious during a search, and people were authorised to return to the monument after about an hour. The 324m tower is one of France's top tourist attractions, with more than 6 million visitors in 2004.
  • Parachutist Killed In Eiffel Jump

    05/17/2005 5:14:16 PM PDT · by kingattax · 38 replies · 1,119+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 17, 2005
    (AP) A Norwegian man was killed after jumping from the Eiffel Tower when a parachute he was wearing got stuck on an upper deck of the monument, officials said Tuesday. Preliminary investigations indicated that the man planned to film his jump as part of publicity for a Norwegian clothing brand, police said. The man, 31, entered the tower with a hidden parachute and a helmet that had a small video camera attached to it, said the official at Paris' police headquarters, speaking on customary condition of anonymity. Upon reaching the tower's 380-foot second deck, the man jumped. Investigators believe his...
  • Group planned attack on Eiffel Tower

    02/16/2005 1:58:33 PM PST · by Pro-Bush · 24 replies · 895+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/16/2005 | Reuters staff
    PARIS (Reuters) - An Islamist group broken up in France in 2002 had been planning an attack on the Eiffel Tower, three suspects arrested last month in Paris have told French investigators. They told the DST domestic intelligence agency that a group affiliated with Chechen rebels had planned attacks on several Paris targets, including the Paris landmark, a judicial source said on Wednesday. However, the projects were at the planning stages and the plans to attack the Eiffel Tower had not been finalised, the source told Reuters. The information came from three Algerians arrested on January 11 -- Khaled Ouazane,...
  • Eiffel Tower open for ice skating

    12/11/2004 5:42:34 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 17 replies · 579+ views
    Sun Times ^ | Dec. 11, 2004
    Eiffel Tower open for ice skating December 11, 2004 PARIS -- Holiday on ice takes on new meaning when you're high above Paris doing figure eights inside the Eiffel Tower. In the Eiffel Tower's 115 years, it has added refreshment stands, trinket shops and fancy restaurants -- but nothing quite matches the skating rink in the sky that opened to the public Friday. On an observation deck 188 feet above ground, the ice rink adds a new dimension to the breathtaking views from the French capital's best-known landmark. ''It's just magical. You see the whole city differently,'' said Finnish guest...
  • Just begging for a Caption ['Olympic Landmark']

    12/09/2004 5:27:26 AM PST · by OXENinFLA · 31 replies · 1,034+ views
    REUTERS ^ | 12-09-04 | Drexler-Guinand-Jauselin
    Tue Dec 7,11:10 AM ET This artist's conception, by the firm Drexler-Guinand-Jauselin AG Architects, is one of 454 'Olympic Landmark' designs presented at the Arsenal Pavillon in Paris December 7, 2004. The Paris 2012 organization launched an international architecture competition open to designers as part of the Paris bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games (news - web sites). EDITORIAL USE ONLY REUTERS/Drexler-Guinand-Jauselin AG Architects
  • Three injured in Eiffel tower shooting

    11/12/2004 3:55:07 PM PST · by Flavius · 39 replies · 1,198+ views
    breaking news ^ | 12/11/2004 | na
    A Venezuelan man swiped a policeman’s pistol and opened fire today at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. One police officer and two security guards were injured, officials said. The man, aged in his 30s, was taken into custody after the incident, which took place as he was being questioned for attempting to enter a restricted area of the Paris monument, said French police. The suspect grabbed the pistol while he was handcuffed behind his back, the officials said. The man was not further identified, and an investigation was under way. The officer was hit in the arm,...
  • THE PUPPET RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT

    10/22/2004 8:03:05 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 412+ views
    THERANT.US ^ | OCTOBER 22, 2004 | DUSTIN HAWKINS
    The Puppet Running for President October 22, 2004 - With any luck, this will be the last article I have to write about John Kerry, ever. Hopefully, in two weeks he will be resuming his role as an unsuccessful do-nothing liberal Massachusetts Senator with a nutcase for a wife and a face that only a Botox-technician could love - and in Mass., your tenth injection is always free. While a Kerry Presidency could have its potential editorial-writing upside ("I signed the bill before I vetoed it, no wait"), it surely isn't something to otherwise look forward to. Personally, I'll take...
  • Eiffel Tower evacuated after hoax warning of Sept. 11-style attack

    07/21/2004 7:44:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 980+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/21/04 | Yahoo News
    French authorities rushed thousands of tourists out of the Eiffel Tower after receiving a warning that a plane was about to crash into the famous Paris landmark, police and the tower's management said. Around 4,000 people were evacuated from the 324-metre (1,070-foot) structure, which was closed for two hours before police ascertained that the threat was a hoax and it was re-opened. The company managing the tower, SNTE, said in a statement it had received "an anonymous message" which triggered the alert. It refused to elaborate on the threat, but a police source said a caller had spoken of a...
  • Egypt Airliner CRASHED in Egypt

    01/02/2004 11:09:03 PM PST · by Gorons · 399 replies · 339+ views
    KINGTV News-Seattle | 1/2/2004 | ME
    Local news just flashed that an Egypt Airliner has crashed in Egypt... Reporting majority of ~135 passengers are French tourists....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 5-22-02

    05/21/2002 10:00:57 PM PDT · by petuniasevan · 8 replies · 251+ views
    NASA ^ | 5-22-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 May 22 Moon and Planets by the Eiffel Tower Credit & Copyright: Thierry Legault Explanation: The great evening grouping of planets is coming to an end. Before all the planets went their own separate directions, however, the Moon was kind enough to pose with some of them. The planets in the above picture, taken last week, are Venus and Jupiter. Mars, Saturn, and even Mercury appear to the...