The build-up to the Paris Olympics entered its final year on Wednesday as International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said the preparations were well on track.
The Paris Metro is phasing out cardboard tickets after 120 years, taking the capital's urban transit into a contactless future but leaving behind nostalgic fans who will miss the humble rectangular cards.
The Arc de Triomphe in Paris is wrapped in silver-blue fabric designed by late artist Christo as part of the 38th European Heritage Days and the launch of the Cultural Olympiad in Paris. Work has begun on wrapping the Arc de Triomphe in silvery-blue fabric as a posthumous tribute to artist Christo, who had dreamt of the project for decades. Bulgarian-born Christo, a long-time Paris resident, had plans for sheathing the imposing war memorial at the top of the Champs-Élysées while renting an apartment near it in the 1960s.