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Mona Lisa Breaks the Internet (A Social Media Short Film)

Over 6 million people visit the Mona Lisa at the Louvre each year. Many share their visit on social media. Mona Lisa Selfie is a short film by Daniel McKee, and was made using images found on Instagram. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/mona-lisa-breaks-the-internet/

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We watched Notre Dame burn. Can we recapture her spirit?

Paris residents looked on in horror as their beloved lady went up in flames. Now a new battle begins: how best to rebuild her for the centuries ahead Most of us will always remember the moment on 15 April when we heard that rebuild Notre Dame has started and promises to be fierce. The embers seem still warm, but my unruly and angry compatriots are already dividing us into the daring and the timid, those who want to add a touch of 21st-century genius to her, and those who just…

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Fascinating Video Footage of Daily Life in Paris in the 1890s

In this incredible archival footage taken by the Lumière company, production artist Guy Jones has faithfully speed correct and added sound, giving the high quality footage new life—and making it available for all to see on YouTube. Seen above is a collection of high quality remastered prints from the dawn of film taken in Belle Époque-era Paris, France from 1896-1900. See below for timestamps: 0:08 – Notre-Dame Cathedral (1896) 0:58 – Alma Bridge (1900) 1:37 – Avenue des Champs-Élysées (1899) 2:33 – Place de la Concorde (1897) 3:24 – Passing…

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I Went To Paris To Show That It Is Not All About The Eiffel Tower And Fancy Shops

I’m David Tesinsky from Prague and I’m an independent photographer of the subcultures, urban cultures, street stories and people’s stories in general AKA reportage/social documentary photography. I’ve made this series about “different” perspective of this city when you point your eyes up from Eiffel tower down to the ground to show that this city is not just a fake romance.

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Protesters damage ‘sexist’ open-air urinals in Paris

Uritrottoirs seen as discriminatory in city that still frowns on public breastfeeding Feminist protesters have begun vandalising the new urinals in Paris, labelling them sexist and discriminatory. Several of the eco-friendly urinals have been placed in public spots in recent months as an experiment to counter Pariss problem of urine-soaked pavements. But protesters in recent days targeted two on the le Saint-Louis and near Gare de Lyon station plastering them with stained sanitary towels and tampons, then blocking them with concrete. Notes left behind attacked Paris authorities for encouraging men…

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Banksy Just Blitzed Paris With At Least 10 New Pieces

Banksy has just blitzed Paris with a series of new, politically charged works that highlight current issues in France such as migration and the hijab ban along with his usual criticisms of commercialism and income inequality. He also acknowledged the 50 year anniversary since the ‘May 68‘ uprising in France which he claims was the birthplace of modern stencil art. The recent works mark the first time the street artist has created murals in Paris and the locations of some of the pieces are symbolic as well. According to The…

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Beyonc and Jay-Z’s ‘Apesh*t’ inspired a new Louvre art tour

Have you ever seen regular old museum attendees go apeshit? No? Well, thanks to the Louvre, now you can! The Paris museum — home to famous works like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and more recently, the music video for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s song, “Apeshit,” off the album EVERYTHING IS LOVE — now offers a guided tour that will retrace the steps the power couple took when creating their visual masterpiece. SEE ALSO: Unchill Stan Twitter turned Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s ‘Mona Lisa’ moment into a meme The tour will examine…

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Ubers Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark

In May 2015 about 10 investigators for the Quebec tax authority burst into flouting local labor laws and taxi rules has made it a favorite target for law enforcement agencies around the world. That’s where this remote system, called Ripley, comes in. From spring 2015 until late 2016, Uber routinely used Ripley to thwart police raids in foreign countries, say three people with knowledge of the system. Allusions to its nature can be found in a smattering of court filings, but its details, scope, and origin haven’t been previously reported.…

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Why pulling out of Paris Accord damages Americas economic future

More posts by this contributor: The need for algorithmic accountability Unscaling politics Pullingoutof the Parisagreementon climate change will become one of the greatest economic blunders by a U.S. president in our lifetimes. People can disagree about the scientific premise behind climate change, butits an inescapable fact thatthe world is driving ahead to replace carbon energy with clean energy anyway. That makes advanced energy technologies one of the biggest business opportunities of the next couple of decades.The companies and nations that take the lead will become the nexteconomic superpowers. President Trump said…

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Gare du Nord evacuated in Paris after security concerns

Police were reportedly looking for three men thought to be dangerous, following similar sightings in Bordeaux and Marseille The Gare du Nord, one of Paris main transport hubs, was evacuated on Monday night as police carried out a security operation. Footage posted on social media showed a large police presence around the station and local media reported that officers were looking for three men who were thought to be dangerous. Prfecture de police (@prefpolice) May 8, 2017 French police tweeted on Monday night that they were carrying out checks. According…

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