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France: On The Road

Paris, the city of love and a thousand other clichés, still holds a certain mystic. But no matter how many written words this great city has commanded - however familiar this town may appear - Paris will always remain an enigma, a magnet for millions of visitors from around the world.

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France
Full Name French Republic
Capital City Paris
Area

547,030 sq km
211,208 sq miles

Population 60,400,000
Time Zone GMT/UTC +1(Central European Time)
Daylight Saving Start last Sunday in March
Daylight Saving End last Sunday in October
Languages French (official)
Religion 86% Roman Catholic, 8% Muslim, 2% Protestant 1% Jewish, 3% unaffiliated
Currency Euro (Euro)
Electricity 230V 50HzHz
Country Dialing Code 33

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Washington state Amtrak derailment damage topped $40M

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:30:00 GMT

The damage from a deadly Amtrak train crash in Washington state in December topped $40.4 million, the NTSB said in a preliminary report on Thursday.


Hamster flushed down toilet after college student's pet denied flight

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 23:21:00 GMT

Belen Aldecosea, 21, accuses Spirit Airlines of causing her to flush her pet hamster down a toilet after the company refused to let her bring the pet on a flight.


More than 50,000 American bridges are falling apart

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:29:00 GMT

NBC News found cases from across the country where pieces of crumbling bridges broke off and fell to the roadway, sometimes hitting vehicles.


Instagram fitness model kicked off American Airlines flight

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:21:20 GMT

Instagram fitness model and personal trainer Jen Selter was removed from an American Airlines flight from Miami to New York after a dispute with crew members.


Unexploded World War II bomb closes London airport

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:44:19 GMT

Some 284 flights were cancelled at London City Airport on Monday after an unexploded WWII bomb was discovered in the nearby River Thames.


Frozen pipe causes flooding, adds to chaos at JFK airport

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 04:48:35 GMT

Authorities said flooding appeared to come from an unprotected pipe that fed a sprinkler system in a privately operated terminal.


Airbus puts A380 superjumbo on death row amid weak sales

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:51:34 GMT

Airbus announced it outsripped rival Boeing in overall aircraft sales last year, but could abandon the double-decker A380 without a further order from Emirates.


Growls are growing over Delta's new rules for flying with service animals

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:25:00 GMT

Travelers and advocates are baring their teeth at Delta's new rule that passengers with service animals must submit paperwork two full days before flying.


Vegas king Steve Wynn accused of 'pattern of sexual misconduct' in WSJ report

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 11:31:00 GMT

Casino magnate Steve Wynn allegedly preyed on female salon workers, threatening then with loss of livelihood — and German shepherds.


Avalanche fears trap 13,000 tourists in famed Swiss ski resort

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:39:16 GMT

Police and the operators of the famed Zermatt ski resort decided to close roads leading into and out of the region and canceled all train services in and out.


Delta cracks down on service animals allowed on board

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:02:00 GMT

Delta says reports of "comfort" animals urinating and defecating or biting have spiked some 84 percent in the last few years, forcing the airline to clamp down.


California state loophole leaves minors at risk using Uber, Lyft

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:50:45 GMT

State regs require fingerprints and background checks for almost any worker who may be alone with kids. Those same requirements do not apply to Uber and Lyft.


Free flowers and a pop-up marriage booth: How airports do Valentine's Day

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:53:09 GMT

Air travel is rarely very romantic, but this Valentine's Day some airports and airlines are making a special effort to add a dash of love to the journey.


Drop in tourism to the U.S. means a $4.6B hit to the economy

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:59:00 GMT

The downturn has also caused America to lose its spot as the world's second-most popular destination for foreign travel, ceding to Spain.


Rat on a plane: Flight canceled after rodent found

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:03:00 GMT

Alaska Airlines says passengers were boarding the Portland, Oregon-bound flight Tuesday when the rat jumped from the jet way onto the plane.


Drought-hit Cape Town pushes water rationing amid crisis

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 21:31:00 GMT

South Africa's second-biggest city ramped up contingency plans as the water crisis hurt tourism.


Emotional support peacock denied flight by United Airlines

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 02:04:36 GMT

United Airlines said in a statement to NBC News that the peacock "did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size."


Engineer in deadly Amtrak crash mistook signal ahead of curve

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:09:00 GMT

The engineer in an Amtrak derailment last month that killed three people said he mistook a marker before a 30 mph curve for mistook it for another signal.


U.S. urges railroads to quickly install anti-crash safety system

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:31:00 GMT

Secretary Elaine Chao urged railroads and transit agencies to "take all possible measures" to meet deadlines to install a safety system called positive train control.


Hand warmers and hip-hop: How Minneapolis is preparing for the Super Bowl

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 15:11:00 GMT

An army of volunteers has been recruited to help travelers find their way around -- with the help of some free handwarmers.


MH370 hunt to resume with up to $70M reward for wreckage

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:14:00 GMT

The Malaysia Airlines plane vanished on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.


Chaos at customs as outage causes long lines at airports

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 12:47:00 GMT

An outage at Customs and Border Protection Monday caused long lines at airports, but the agency said it does not appear malicious in nature.


Melting ice opens up the Arctic to tourism — and danger

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:55:00 GMT

Diminishing sea ice and more temperate weather have made traveling through the Arctic Circle a vacation rather than an exploration.


A new $11 billion airport aims to knock Atlanta off its perch

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 10:58:00 GMT

The Istanbul New Airport, which aims to be the world's busiest, is the latest infrastructure project by Turkey's autocratic president.


Commercial air travel in 2017 was safest ever, travel group says

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 20:34:00 GMT

Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network both reported Monday there were no commercial passenger jet fatalities in 2017.




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