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LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR, LE PARISIEN (France)

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PARIS - Highly confidential layouts of the Élysée Palace (the presidential residence), the Interior Ministry and the Paris Police Department have been stolen from a contractor’s car in Paris, the French daily Le Parisien reports.

According to Le Nouvel Observateur, a flash drive containing detailed maps of the three strategically important buildings was in the possession of a contractor working for the company tasked with setting up optic fiber networks, as part of the installation of CCTV in the capital.

As the man was picking up a relative from the Gare du Lyon train station on Sunday, one or more individuals broke into his car, stealing several personal belongings – including the precious flash drive.

On the victim’s own admission, the top-secret maps were not encoded and can therefore be seen by anyone.

An investigation has been launched to determine whether the theft was premeditated -- meanwhile, says Le Nouvel Observateur, the burglars now have access to every detail of every room of three of France's most sensitive governement buildings.

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Fading Flavor: Production Of Saffron Declines Sharply

Saffron is well-known for its flavor and its expense. But in Kashmir, one of the flew places it grows, cultivation has fallen dramatically thanks for climate change, industry, and farming methods.

Photo of women harvesting saffron in Kashmir

Harvesting of Saffron in Kashmir

Mubashir Naik

In northern India along the bustling Jammu-Srinagar national highway near Pampore — known as the saffron town of Kashmir —people are busy picking up saffron flowers to fill their wicker baskets.

During the autumn season, this is a common sight in the Valley as saffron harvesting is celebrated like a festival in Kashmir. The crop is harvested once a year from October 21 to mid-November.

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