In 1907, Parisian waiters went on strike for the right to grow a moustache.
In 1648 an angry mob of Parisians once broke into the royal palace, demanding to see the king. They were led into the bedchamber of Louis XIV, who was pretending to be asleep. Satisfied, the mob quietly departed.
Paris holds an annual contest to find the city’s best baguette. Around 200 bakers each submit two baguettes (must be eligible) to be graded on quality, look, smell, taste, and crunch. The winner wins €4000 and a contract to supply the French president fresh baguettes every day for 1 year.
In 2004 police discovered a movie theater in the Paris Catacombs. It was equipped with a giant cinema screen, seats, projection equipment, film reels, a fully stocked bar and a complete restaurant with tables and chairs. Its power source and the identity of those responsible remain unknown.
In order to legally busk in the Paris Metro, musicians have to successfully audition before a jury and qualify for one of the 250 to 300 licenses handed out.
Japanese embassy in Paris has a 24 hour helpline, for their citizens who didn’t find Paris as expected. The French psychiatric journal Nervure cites the disappointment many visitors feel is caused by the over-romanticised expectations of Paris as a city of love, fashion, and glamorous people.
In Paris in 1910, engineers had to freeze the Seine river along 64 meters to dig the tunnel for the subway going underneath it.
In 2004 authorities discovered a fully functioning movie theater in the Parisian catacombs, equipped with a fully functioning restaurant, stocked bar, and projecting equipment. Three days later, when the police returned accompanied by experts from the French electricity board to see where the power was coming from, the phone and electricity lines had been cut and a note was lying in the middle of the floor: “Do not,” it said, “try to find us.”
China tried to build a city that was a replica of Paris, right down to the replica Eiffel Tower, but it’s now a ghost town.
The municipal government of Paris passed a resolution to prohibit Tom Cruise from becoming an honorary citizen of the city.