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Paris Marathon 2010 on April 11th

34th Edition of the Paris Marathon will be held on April 11th, 2010 from 08:35 AM onwards. More than 40,000 runners will try and cover around 42 km starting from the Champs Elysees and arriving at the Avenue Foch, passing through various Parisian landmarks such as Bastille, Nation, Vincennes, les Tuileries, le Bois de Boulogne etc.


The winners of Paris Marathon 2009 were Vincent Kipruto (Kenya) in men's category who established a new record at 2h 05' 47'' and Atsede Bayisa (Ethiopia) in women's category who finished within 2h 24' 42''.

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Public Transport Free on New Year's Eve

Public transport will remain open and free of cost between 05:00 PM on Dec 31st- 12:00 PM on Jan 1st, 2009. Metro, Buses and RER will be available on selected routes of high traffic.

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New pigeon houses in Paris

2 new dovecot or houses of pigeons have been installed in Paris for regulation of the population and the health of pigeons. 


These dovecots have been installed at the Square Saint-Eloi in the 12th district and at the Porte de Saint-Cloud in the 16th district. Installation of dovecot helps regulate the population of rock pigeons (accounting for about 90% of pigeon population of Paris) in a stable manner. 


Normally pigeons have a brood of 6-8 per year. Using controlled methods adopted at dovecot, this brood is reduced to one per year. It may be noted that an over population of certain species of birds or rodents may be a nuisance to public health, sanitation and property. 


For more information on pigeons and laws related to them, read Pigeons in Paris 


Give a second life to your X-mas Tree

Participate in the Operation 'Give a second life to your Christmas Tree'. If you live in the Parisian region and get a natural Christmas Tree for your home, you could help preserve the environment.

Holly leaves


Launched by the Paris Municipality, Operation 'Offrez une deuxièle vie à votre sapin' helps you give your x-mas tree for recycling. The Christmas trees thus recycled are made into compost. More than 15, 000 Christmas trees were recycled in 2008. Read on to find out how you can recycle your Christmas tree after the festivals are over.

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The best baguette in Paris

The Grand Award for the Baguette 2010 was announced on March 22nd to crown the best baguette of Paris. The winner is the baguette made by Djibril Bodian (18th district).


The contest is held each year amongst all bakers (artisan boulanger) of Paris. The jury consisted of Lyne Cohen-Solal, adjoint of the mayor of Paris (in charge of commerce, crafts, independent professions of art) and other persons from the industry, press, gastronomy and 5 internet participants. The winner received a prize amount of 4,000 euros and a citation.


The city of Paris counts 1242 bakers-pastry makers (boulanger-pâtissier) that would roughly account for 1 baker per 1765 habitants*.

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Post Offices change timings for the Festival season

To accomodate the rush for the festive season 2008, La Poste has extended its closing hours in Paris and nearby areas till Christmas Eve.

More than 1200 La Poste offices will put extra efforts to simplify life during weeks preceding Christmas from Dec 8th-Dec 24th, 2008.

Read on to find out the details and addresses of post office near you.

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Chorus Festival 2010

The Chorus festival is on in Parisian sub-urbs from March 20th- April 3rd. The festival was kicked off on March 20th under the Grande Arche of La Defense district with the concert of Jacques Dutronc at the Magic Mirror.


The 22d edition of the Chorus Festival promises 2 weeks of non-stop music with 116 artists, 74 concerts in 32 cities, 10 free concerts with all genres of music from hip hop to rock to pop to Chanson Française with artists such as Calogero, Olivia Ruiz, Raphaël, Michel Delpech, Juliette Gréco, Benjamin Biolay, La Grande Sophie, Les Wampas, Dominique A, Thomas Fersen, Mayra Andrade, Renan Luce etc.


For program details, consult the official website of Chorus Festival 2010 


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