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'Total art': Inside France's vast video game archive

In the bowels of an imposing modernist tower in Paris, Laurent Duplouy carefully handles a pristine copy of "Tomb Raider" before slotting it back on the shelf alongside thousands of other classic video games.. But Duplouy is adamant the video game collection is not out of place in the august surroundings.

France bans Russians from chateau over Ukraine war

The French military has banned Russian nationals from visiting the Chateau de Vincennes, a mediaeval fortress and tourist attraction on the edge of Paris, due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, officials told AFP. Once the residence of French kings and among Europe's best-preserved monuments of its kind, the castle is for the most part open to the public, including for tours, concerts, theatre plays and other events.. Contacted by AFP, the defence ministry confirmed late Monday that it had, indeed, "restricted access to military installations to Russian nationals" because of the invasion.

Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake dies at 84

Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, whose global career spanned more than half a century, has died aged 84, an employee at his office in Tokyo told AFP on Tuesday.. He established the Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo in 1970, and soon afterwards opened his first Paris boutique.

Issey Miyake: seamless innovator of avant-garde style

Fashion innovator Issey Miyake shook up Parisian style with his highly wearable avant-garde designs, saying he was driven to create clothes that "bring beauty and joy" after witnessing the horrors of Hiroshima.. I have tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to put them behind me, preferring to think of things that can be created, not destroyed, and that bring beauty and joy," Miyake wrote.

Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake dies at 84

Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, whose global career spanned more than half a century, has died aged 84, an employee at his office in Tokyo told AFP on Tuesday.. He established the Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo in 1970, and soon afterwards opened his first Paris boutique.

Beyonce tops US songs chart for first time in over a decade

After releasing her much-anticipated album "Renaissance," Beyonce has scored the number one spot on the top US songs chart for the first time in well over a decade.. "Renaissance" also unseated Latin trap global sensation Bad Bunny from the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, where his "Un Verano Sin Ti" had held the top spot for five straight weeks, along with two peaks when it first came out in May for a total of seven weeks at number one.

Elton John and Britney Spears to collaborate on new song

Princess of pop Britney Spears will join forces with music maestro Elton John on a new single, the record company releasing the track said Monday.. There were no further details, including when the track would be released, but it will be the first new music from Spears since the middle of the last decade.

'Grease' star Olivia Newton-John dies aged 73

Singer Olivia Newton-John, who gained worldwide fame as the high school sweetheart Sandy in the hit movie "Grease", died on Monday after a 30-year battle with cancer.. The high school sweetheart-turned-bad girl resonated with audiences worldwide, and continues to capture hearts decades after the movie was released.