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02.24.15 Prachi Gupta

Officials say that at drones were spotted flying over at least five monuments and government buildings in Paris in what the Associated Press calls “most audacious of several mysterious drone overflights around France in recent months.” The flights are illegal in France. The AP’s description makes the drones seem both ominous and fantastic: The drones […]

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01.14.15 Prachi Gupta

Following a deadly terrorist attack and the largest public demonstration France has ever seen, satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo has bounced back with fists in the air, selling out at 3 million copies on Wednesday. The demand is so high that it’s being offered in 16 different languages, now raised to 5 million copies. Someone […]

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01.08.15 Prachi Gupta

Despite frigid temperatures, hundreds of people gathered in Union Square on Wednesday night to stand in solidarity with French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. The demonstration, just one of many that took place in major cities across the world, began at 7 PM. Twelve died in the Paris attack, perpetrated by three gunmen thought to be […]

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01.07.15 Prachi Gupta

Cartoonists are banding together in response to a horrific terrorist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people, wounded seven, and left several others in critical condition on Wednesday morning. In the choas, the gunmen were reportedly shouting, “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad” and “Allahu Akbar,” (“God is Great” in Arabic). […]

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10.21.14 Rhett Jones

Francoise Hollande, the President of France, has officially weighed in on butt plugs as art. He is in favor of butt plugs. After the legendary artist Paul McCarthy was attacked in Paris late last week, organizers agreed to take down his 80-foot sculpture of a green butt plug. Bearing the title Tree, the sculpture drew angry […]

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08.22.14 Marina Galperina

The art world has seen plenty of blatant depictions of genitals, but never quite like this all together. The very popular Cet obscur objet de désir, autour de l’Origine du Monde exhibit going on now at the Courbet Museum in Ornans, France offers a formidable collection of established masterpieces. Guy Cogeval, the president of the d’Orsay and Orangerie museums, spoke fondly […]

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10.09.13 Kyle Petreycik

Archaeologist Dean Snow of Pennsylvania State University studied the handprints found across eight different historic cave sites in France and Spain, the most famous ranging from about 12,000 to 40,000 years old. After paying closer attention to the finger lengths of handprints, he found that contrary to popular belief, most of these markings were created by women. Based on […]

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05.24.13 Kyle Petreycik

The Nuclear Safety Authority in France came down on the usage of X-Ray machines in art. This decision came following an exhibition titled Hand Games by French artist  Marc Ferrante, featuring some 100 radiographic images of participants’ hands. The ASN recalled that Public Health Code prohibits the use of ionizing radiation for non-medical purposes under Article L1333-11 and… Although […]

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03.04.13 Andy Cush

What if physical objects were subjected to the same arbitrary usage limits that certain distributors have forced upon perfectly legal, paid-for digital media? That’s the question posed by the DRM Chair (that’s digital rights management to you), a piece of furniture that falls apart in majestic fashion after its internal counter has detected eight uses. […]

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01.13.12 Tabatha McGurr

Ah, France – what a place! Who could be mad at a country where healthcare costs nearly nothing, wine is included with almost every meal, and beautiful women strip down to their petite culottes in legendary institutions like the Musée d’Orsay? […]

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