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Moulin Rouge windmill blades collapse in Paris – DW – 04/25/2024

The blades of the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris collapsed on Thursday morning, French media reported.

The monument’s red windmill, depicted in the film of the same name, was left without its most striking feature after the blades fell to the ground.

The collapse occurred between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. (04:00-0500 UTC/GMT), according to French television channel BMF.

A journalist from the French channel TF1 shared a video of the blades lying on the ground on X, formerly Twitter.

Cause of collapse unknown

Firefighters said the reason for the collapse was not yet known and no one was injured in the incident and there was no risk of further damage.

“Fortunately, this happened after closing,” a person close to the Moulin Rouge told AFP.

“Every week, the cabaret’s technical teams check the windmill mechanism and have not noticed any problem,” said the source.

“This is the first time that such an accident has occurred since” the cabaret opened its doors on October 6, 1889, added the source.

The last major damage to the building was a fire that broke out during renovations in 1915 and forced the establishment to close for nine years.

Firefighters said the reason for the collapse was not yet known.Image: Benoît Tessier/Reuters

The cancan house

The cabaret is one of the French capital’s most visited attractions, sharing its status as a world-famous landmark with the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Known as the birthplace of can-can dancing, the majority of its visitors are tourists rather than locals.

The incident comes just months before Paris hosts the Summer Olympics. The city is expecting thousands of tourists and Thursday’s incident could add to concerns that the popular city could struggle with the influx of even more tourists.

ab/sms (AFP, Reuters)

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