Posts tagged as Paris

Protester loses hand in ‘gilets jaunes’ demonstration

Monday, February 11, 2019

Violence broke out for the 13th week in Paris as riot police took on yellow vest protesters. In the midst of tear gas and baton charges, one protester lost a hand in horrific circumstances. The cause of the injury has not been confirmed but eyewitness claim he picked up a tear gas grenade that exploded in his hand. Police say he is being treated in hospital. Brief clashes erupted on…

Apartment fire in high-end Paris area kills 10, injures many (Updated)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Paris’ deadliest fire in over a decade claimed 10 lives, sending fleeing residents to the roof to escape the flames that engulfed their apartment building before dawn Tuesday. A 40-year-old female resident, said to have a history of psychiatric problems, was detained near the eight-story building in the quiet neighborhood as police opened an investigation into voluntary arson resulting in death. A judicial official said the suspect was drunk when…

Apartment fire in high-end Paris area kills 10, injures many (Updated)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Paris’ deadliest fire in over a decade claimed 10 lives, sending fleeing residents to the roof to escape the flames that engulfed their apartment building before dawn Tuesday. A 40-year-old female resident, said to have a history of psychiatric problems, was detained near the eight-story building in the quiet neighborhood as police opened an investigation into voluntary arson resulting in death. A judicial official said the suspect was drunk when…

‘Gilets jaunes’: Five takeaways from Macron’s address

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation amid criticism that he has failed to act over the crisis sparked by his economic reforms. Here are the key takeaways from his speech. ‘I take my share of responsibility for this’ In the long-awaited speech, Macron said protesters’ anger and indignation was “deep, and in many ways legitimate” but “no anger justifies attacking a police officer, a gendarme or damaging a shop…

French troops deployed in Paris amid ‘yellow vest’ protest

Saturday, December 8, 2018

French troops have been deployed in Paris to support riot police shielding official buildings from “yellow vest” anti-government protests. Hundreds of military trucks and armored vehicles arrived in the suburbs of Paris on the threshold of a large-scale action from the organizers of the protest, which is planned for this Saturday. Across France, 89,000 police officers will be on duty and armoured vehicles will be deployed in the capital, Prime…

After weeks of unrest, France suspends fuel tax meant to help curb climate change

By James MCAULEY on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced Tuesday that the French government will temporarily suspend a carbon tax plan that triggered weeks of often violent protests nationwide. To help curb climate change, the government had proposed the taxes, which were slated to take effect in January and were designed to wean consumers off diesel and other polluting fuels and to favor electric cars. But the price increases those taxes represented led…

Woman’s head DOUBLES in size after horrific allergic reaction to common hair dye

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A teenager’s head doubled in size after a horrific allergic reaction to a common hair dye that left her struggling to breathe. Estelle, a 19-year-old English student from Paris, shared photos showing her shocking disfigurement caused by the chemical PPD, which is found in 90 percent of hair dyes. Estelle says she had bought a standard DIY hair dye from a supermarket in Val-de-Marne, on the outskirts of Paris. But…

Paris celebrates World Cup win as one million fans fill Champs-Élysées

Monday, July 16, 2018

Tens of thousands of supporters wrapped in red, white and blue flags and singing the French national anthem have poured on to the Champs-Élysées in Paris to celebrate France’s World Cup victory over Croatia, cheering that the nation was now firmly a football superpower. As the final whistle blew, shouts rang out and vast crowds that had gathered outside local bars began sprinting on to the 1.2 mile (2km) avenue in…

Defense minister to introduce Estonian defense industry in Paris

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Minister of Defense Juri Luik will introduce Estonia’s defense industry and meet with leaders of defense contractors at the Eurosatory exhibition taking place in Paris this week. According to Luik, close relations with allies’ defense industry help strengthen Estonia’s allied relations more broadly. “The Estonian defense industry has undergone remarkable development in recent years and increased cooperation among allied countries contributes to the security and sense of safety of us…

May Day rally in Paris turns into riots, nearly 200 rioters arrested

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

French police have detained close to 200 rioters, who took part in the annual May Day protests in Paris, but resorted to vandalism. British public broadcaster BBC reported that far-left anarchist groups, known as Black Blocs, hijacked a peaceful rally against President Emmanuel Macron’s public sector labour reforms and started riots that resulted in four people suffering light injuries. French police stated that about 1,200 masked and hooded protesters attended…