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A pool on Paris' banks of the Seine: the closest you'll get to taking a swim in the river?
A pool on Paris' banks of the Seine: the closest you'll get to taking a swim in the river?
Martine Valo

PARIS - The event was supposed to start on September 2 at 7 a.m. at the Josephine Baker swimming pool in Paris, on the banks of the Seine River. More than 3000 participants had signed up to take part in the swim that would take them up the Seine to the André-Citroën Park, west of the city.

But a few days before the race, Paris’ Prefecture of Police suddenly cancelled the event. “There is something quite brutal about this decision, and its reasons are unclear,” laments Laurent Neuville from Paris Swim, the race’s organizer. “Our idea was to reinstate an event that was very popular at the beginning of the 20th century; we had been working on it since December 2011. There are thousands of similar races in London, Amsterdam, New York… Swimming down a river like the Seine, which has many access points leading to its banks, is safer than swimming across the Bosphorus, isn’t it?”

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Ukrainian protestors stand at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to mark Vyshyvanka Day, an International day to celebrate Ukrainian heritage and traditions

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou and Bertrand Hauger.

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Welcome to Friday, where Russia intensifies shelling in eastern Ukraine, Biden lands in South Korea, and a Mercedes becomes the most expensive car ever sold. Meanwhile, for German daily die Welt, Cosima Lutz explores the sizzling question of the skyrocketing price of cooking oils.

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