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The Sultans Of Spa: Inside The Parisian Luxury Hotel War

Properties of Saudi princes, the sultan of Brunei, billionaires from Qatar and Asia, and a few of the wealthiest people in France, Parisian palaces-turned-hotels are a high-rolling industry.

Lobby of the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris
Lobby of the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris
Claire Fleury

PARIS — She looks like the heroine in a Hitchcock movie. Tall and well-dressed in her black suit, the young lady walks into a suite at the Four Seasons George V Hotel with a supple and muffled step. She is not a customer, but the floor’s head housekeeper. She has come to make sure the chambermaid did a good job: looking under the furniture, inspecting drawers, examining the bathroom, and lastly checking that everything left for the guests is in place — champagne, exotic fruits and dark-chocolate-covered strawberries.

“We’re expecting a couple,” she explains.

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End Of Roe v. Wade, The World Is Watching

As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

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Hannah Steinkopf-Frank and Sophia Constantino

PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

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