AS THE world reeled in horror over the 2015 carnage in Paris at the Bataclan concert hall and multiple nightspots — 32-year-old Parisenne Alexandra Damien told her story of survival to the media. Damien became one of the most recognisable faces of the tragedy, telling her story of survival to international journalists and posting a photo on her social media of the scar on her arm, caused by the Kalashnikov gun of one of the attackers at Le Carillon Bar.She took to wearing a distinctive flower crown on her head as she attended a variety of ceremonies to pay tribute to those that lost their lives. She told journalists she lost two friends at the Carillon and, later, she had her arm tattooed with the Latin phrase “Fluctuat nec mergitur” (”she is tossed by the waves but does not sink”). She also took part in stories about how survivors can use tattoos as part of the healing process.Damien was lucky enough to benefit from a special survivors’ fund set up … [Read more...] about The truth behind the woman who faked being a victim of the Paris massacre
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Sepia-tinted photographs of a Latin Quarter paralysed by protest are now half a century old. May ’68 is still regarded as the biggest upheaval to have hit modern French society – and it has forever recast the tree-lined boulevards of Paris’s fifth arrondissement as the embodiment of France’s famous spirit of rebellion. Jean-Paul Sartre roused students, nurses, doctors and teachers into a frenzy of protest from his crudely-constructed pulpit under the oak trees of the Boulevard Saint Jacques, demonstrators lobbed cobblestones over barricades by the elegant arches of the Sorbonne, and the noise of rioting echoed through the dome-like Pantheon. READ MORE The best design hotels in Paris Today, the sound of the Latin Quarter’s fraught past has undoubtedly been muffled. But this student area remains one of the city’s most delightful places to explore – and yet is perplexingly glossed over in so many travel guides. I … [Read more...] about Paris: Why the Latin Quarter is the French capital’s coolest neighbourhood
The City of Lights: it’s the place to stroll down boulevards, gaze at world-famous art and eat like a king – but where should you bed down when it’s time for lights out? As the capital city of the world’s most-visited country, the choice of where to stay in Paris is mindboggling, with thousands of accommodation options, from budget hostels to luxury hotels, and B&Bs to self-catering apartments. As a France specialist, I’ve stayed in hundreds of hotels across l’Hexagone, but nothing quite compares to the je ne sais quoi of the kind of Parisian abodes which can, in themselves, become a highlight of any stay in the French capital. But style doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank; there are plenty of superb hotels offering great service, exquisite decor and a peaceful night’s sleep without getting into debt. It’s what we at The Independent call “real-world luxury”. So take a peek at these before your next … [Read more...] about Paris hotels: The 11 best places to stay
Paris is regularly ranked as one of the priciest cities in the world. But if you're on a tight budget, here are some tips for you. Metro Tickets Using Metro ticket after Metro ticket can really rack up the bills fast, with each journey costing €1.90. But if you buy 10 tickets at once, known as a "carnet", it's just €14.90 (or a saving of around 20 percent). Navigo Pass If you're travelling a bit more, then the Navigo pass is the most bang-for-your-buck option. It’s your personal transportation card in Paris for the Metro, train, RER, tram and bus system. There are several different types of packages, for example you can get a weekly pass if you're visiting Paris for €22.80, or if you’re here for the long term, sign up for a monthly pass for €75.20 per month which includes traveling to the airport (usually about €12 per ticket) and Disneyland. The student discount takes it to €35 per month. Photo: AFP Vélib' - the city's … [Read more...] about Money saving tips: How to survive Paris on a budget
Europe 27 April 2016 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34832512 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsParis attacks French officials investigating the deadly Paris attacks on 13 November have identified most of the people they believe to have carried out the assaults, claimed by the Islamic State (IS) … [Read more...] about Who were the Paris attackers?