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'I don't want to hide' says Salman Rushdie, 30 years after fatwa

Feb 11, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Salman Rushdie's life takes a drastic turn when Iran's spiritual leader ordered his execution after branding his novel 'The Satanic Verses' blasphemous in 1989

SALMAN RUSHDIE. US novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie poses during a photo session in Paris on September 10 , 2018. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

10 dead in Paris apartment block fire, police suspect arson

Feb 05, 2019 - 12:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Described as a 'scene of incredible violence,' the blaze also leaves around 30 people – including 6 firefighters – with injuries

Firefighters are seen near a building that caught fire in the 16th arrondissement in Paris, on February 5, 2019. Photo by Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP

Woman maintains Paris rape claim against Chris Brown – lawyer

Jan 24, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Karima's lawyer Jean-Marc Descoubes says his client stands by her testimony

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 7, 2015 US rapper Chris Brown attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. - US rapper Chris Brown is detained in Paris after a rape claim, security sources told on January 22, 2019. (Photo by Jason Merritt / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

Cocaine found in Chris Brown's hotel room 'was not his' - lawyer

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Lawyer Raphael Chiche says the cocaine 'belonged to those who had come to party in his suite on the night of January 20-21'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 20, 2016 US singer Chris Brown preforms during the World Music Festival "Mawazine" in Rabat. - US rapper Chris Brown is detained in Paris after a rape claim, security sources told on January 22, 2019. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) / MOY

Singer Chris Brown freed after questioning in Paris on rape claim

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:00 AM

After being held overnight for questioning over a rape allegation in Paris, the R&B star was eventually released without charge

RAPE CLAIM. Chris Brown was freed a day after a 25-year-old woman made a claim that she was sexually assaulted by the singer, his bodyguard, and friend. Photo from Chris Brown's Instagram account

Chris Brown detained in Paris over rape claim: security sources

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:17 PM

The singer faces accusations of raping a woman in a Paris hotel

DETAINED. The rapper is being accused of raping a woman in Paris. Screenshot from

Two firefighters killed as gas leak explosion rocks central Paris

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Besides the two dead firefighters, 47 people are injured in the blast, 10 of them seriously, the Paris prosecutor's office says

BLAST. A vehicle is overturned amid debris after the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris on January 12, 2019. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

12,000 police on duty in Paris as 'yellow vests' call protests

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:54 PM

The French capital will be on high alert after repeated clashes over the last month between security forces and the protesters

YELLOW VEST PROTEST. A protester wearing a yellow vest (gilet jaune) waves the French national flag during a demonstration against rising costs of living blamed on high taxes on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, on December 15, 2018. File photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

France set for more 'yellow vest' protests despite Macron concessions

Dec 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Movement figureheads call on the people to continue the protests to pressure President Emmanuel Macron into making further tax and wage concessions

MORE PROTESTS. A protestor wearing a "yellow vest" (gilet jaune) holds a placard as protestors walk non the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on December 8, 2018 during a protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. File Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

[ANALYSIS] What Filipinos can learn from France’s yellow vest protests

Dec 10, 2018 - 11:24 AM

As in France, only popular protest in the streets will be able to stop the government’s stubbornly stupid plan

All eyes on Macron after fresh 'yellow vest' protests hit Paris

Dec 09, 2018 - 1:46 PM

More than 670 protesters are detained in the capital, many of them stopped as they arrived at train stations or meeting points carrying hammers, petanque balls and other potential missiles

RIOT. A demonstrator holds a French flag during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs, on December 1, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Tear gas, mass arrests as new 'yellow vest' protests hit Paris

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Shouts of 'Macron, resign' mingles with the tear gas near the famous Champs-Elysees Avenue

PROTESTS. A protestor wearing a "yellow vest" (gilet jaune) holds a placard as protestors walk non the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on December 8, 2018 during a protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Paris on high alert as city shuts down for 'yellow vest' protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:22 AM

France's interior minister Christophe Castaner vows 'zero tolerance' towards yellow vest protesters who aim to wreak further destruction in the city

PROTEST. A man holds a flare on November 17, 2018 in Paris, during a nationwide popular initiated day of protest called "yellow vest" (Gilets Jaunes in French) movement to protest against high fuel prices which has mushroomed into a widespread protest against stagnant spending power under French President. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Paris on knife-edge ahead of new 'yellow vest' protests

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:24 PM

On the eve of a fourth set of demonstrations in the capital in as many weeks, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner vows 'zero tolerance' towards those hoping to enact a repeat of last weekend's destruction and mayhem

THE YELLOW VESTS. A demonstrator holds a French flag during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs, on December 1, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

World leaders mark 100 years since end of World War I

Nov 11, 2018 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) Around 70 leaders including US and Russian Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital

REMEMBERING. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stand side-by-side during a French-German ceremony in the clearing of Rethondes (the Glade of the Armistice) in Compiegne, northern France, on November 10, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. Photo by Philippe Wojazer/AFP

Father of boy saved in Paris 'Spiderman' drama to face court

Sep 25, 2018 - 12:54 PM

The 4-year-old's father, who has not been named, faces a potential criminal conviction for leaving the child unattended in their sixth-floor apartment, popping out to buy groceries

7 wounded in Paris knife attack, including British, Egyptian tourists

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:02 PM

(UPDATED) Though the suspect targeted foreigners, 'nothing at this stage suggests a terrorist attack,' a source close to the inquiry says

KNIFE ATTACK. French police are on the scene where a man attacked and injured people with a knife in the streets of Paris in the 19th arrondissement on September 9, 2018. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Knifeman kills mother and sister near Paris

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:26 PM

(UPDATED) The man, who police said had been on a terror watch list since 2016, is later shot and killed after confronting police in Trappes.

KNIFE ATTACK IN TRAPPES. A French police official stands alert at a cordoned-off road in Trappes, south-west of Paris on August 23, 2018, following a knife attack.  Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Paris prosecutors hunting man in viral video who assaulted woman

Aug 04, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Marie Laguerre posts a video on Facebook of man punching her in broad daylight outside a cafe after she angrily responded to his sexual harassment

French woman Marie Laguerre who posted online a video in which she is seen being hit by a man in the street, poses for pictures on August 1, 2018, in Paris. Paris prosecutors have opened an inquiry after a young woman posted a shocking video of a man punching her in broad daylight outside a cafe after she angrily responded to his sexual harassment, legal sources said on July 30, 2018. Marie Laguerre, a 22-year-old student, wrote on Facebook last week that she was returning home when the man started making lewd comments -- "not the first time it had happened to me that day".  / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARD

Service resumes on key Paris metro line after evacuation

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:19 PM

A police source says 3,200 to 3,800 people on at least 8 trains needed to be evacuated in an operation which lasted more than two hours

PARIS METRO PROBLEMS. A picture taken at the railway station gare Montparnasse in Paris on July 28, 2018 shows a red strap preventing access to the metro as rail operator SNCF warned disruptions would continue into the weekend following a fire of an electric transformer a the nearby city.  Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Macron's disgraced ex-bodyguard admits 'mistake'

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:43 PM

Alexandre Benalla also denounces what he says is a 'desire to get at the president' over the scandal

ALEXANDRE BENALLA. A picture taken on October 11, 2016 shows Head of Security Alexandre Benalla (R) looking on next to then French presidential election candidate for the En Marche! movement Emmanuel Macron during a campaign meeting in Le Mans, western France. File photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Macron under fire as security aide detained in assault inquiry

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:19 PM

(UPDATED) The Elysee Palace says Alexandre Benalla will be dismissed after 'new elements' emerge in the case, namely that he is suspected of unlawfully receiving police surveillance footage in a bid to clear his name

ALEXANDRE BENALLA. A picture taken on October 11, 2016 shows Head of Security Alexandre Benalla (R) looking on next to then French presidential election candidate for the En Marche! movement Emmanuel Macron during a campaign meeting in Le Mans, western France.  File photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Macron security official filmed hitting protester

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Le Monde newspaper publishes a video showing Alexandre Benalla hitting and then stamping on a young man while wearing a police visor during a demonstration in central Paris on May 1

ALEXANDRE BENALLA. In this file picture taken on February 24, 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron (C) is flanked by security officer Alexandre Benalla (2ndR), at the 55th International Agriculture Fair at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris. File photo by Thibault Camus/AFP

Majority of French reject safe harbor for Aquarius – poll

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The survey shows 56 percent of respondents said they backed the government, while 42 percent said it should have offered to let the ship dock

Parisians seek UNESCO heritage status for bistros, cafes

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:31 PM

An association wants to raise awareness both in France and abroad of 'the role that bistros and cafe terraces play in bringing people and cultures together, and their role as intellectual and artistic melting pots'

CULTURE. People eat at the terrace of a restaurant while protesters walk past during a demonstration calling for the legalisation of undocumented immigrants in Paris on June 2, 2018. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

'Hero' Malian saves child, 4, in spectacular Paris rescue

May 28, 2018 - 6:37 AM

Film of the rescue shows Gassama, 22, pulling himself up from balcony to balcony with his bare hands as a man on the fourth floor tries to hold on to the child by leaning across from a neighboring balcony

French minister outs himself on anti-homophobia day

May 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and Mahjoubi says that while he did not want to 'make a big deal' of coming out publicly, 'if that might help to fight homophobia, I'll do it'

OUT. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, French Minister of State for the Digital Sector Mounir Mahjoubi poses during a photo session in Paris. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Chaos and color in Labor Day rallies across the globe

May 02, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Here is a round-up of some of the biggest events on the annual workers' holiday

EFFIGY BURNING. Dutertemonyo effigy burning as part of International Labor Day commemoration led by Kilusang Mayo Uno in Mendiola. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Trump, Macron call for 'new' nuclear deal with Iran

Apr 24, 2018 - 11:24 PM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump eyes a broader 'deal' that will also limit Iran's ballistic missile program and support for militant groups across the Middle East

What the world is saying about Putin's re-election

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Here's a roundup of the global reaction to the new 6-year term of Russian President Vladimir Putin

READ ALL ABOUT IT. This photograph taken on March 19, 2018, shows a newsstand with a newspaper featuring on the front page, an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin after his re-election in Moscow on March 19, 2018. Photo by Kirill Kudyavtsev/AFP

French teacher to be tried for sex with student aged 14

Nov 26, 2017 - 10:40 PM

The teacher began a relationship with his student by chatting on Instagram

HARASSMENT. A 31-year-old French teacher will be tried for having sex with his 14-year-old student.

Egyptian President Sisi to meet Lebanon's Hariri

Nov 21, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is now in Paris where he already announced on Twitter that he would visit Egypt for the meeting ahead of his planned return home for Lebanon's Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday.

Paris wants to phase out diesel cars by 2024

Oct 12, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Mayor Anne Hidalgo's office says the goals – which are more ambitious time-wise than a government plan to end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 – would be included in a new Paris climate plan

MORE BIKES. People ride bicycles covered with cardboard cars on Place de la Bastille during a 'car free' day in Paris on October 1, 2017. Photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

French police arrest man over soldier car attack – security sources

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The man aged in his late 30s is intercepted on a motorway north of the French capital in the vehicle used to drive into the soldiers

INVESTIGATION. An armed French soldier patrols next to a forensic police officer near the site where a car slammed into soldiers in Levallois-Perret, outside Paris, on August 9, 2017. Photo by Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

Tourist bus hits Paris bridge, at least 4 injured – fire service

Jun 23, 2017 - 8:29 PM

UPDATED The double decker bus crashes into the Alexandre III bridge becoming stuck under it

3 charged over 2015 Paris attacks – judicial source

Apr 29, 2017 - 9:01 AM

Those charged this week include Samir L – believed to be linked to the sale of weapons to the supermarket attacker – as well as Miguel M and Abdelaziz A

ATTACK. In this file photo, members of the French police special forces launch the assault and evacuate the hostages at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015. File photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

One officer killed, one wounded in Paris shooting

Apr 21, 2017 - 8:27 AM

The shooting comes just 2 days after police arrested men suspected of preparing an attack to disrupt the first round of presidential election

SHOOTING. One policeman died in a shooting along Champs Elysees in Paris, France, ahead of the presidential election. File photo

Paris fraud squad offices evacuated over bomb scare

Mar 20, 2017 - 8:23 PM

An anonymous caller tells police that there was a bomb in the building that houses prosecutors investigating high level financial crimes a police source says

French police officers walk towards the Financial Crimes Court building following a bomb alert in central Paris on March 20, 2017. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

French investigators grill suspect in Louvre attack

Feb 05, 2017 - 8:42 PM

UPDATED The 29 year old Egyptian national who lunged at soldiers with two machetes outside the Louvre Museum in Paris refuses to speak

Louvre reopens 24 hours after machete attack

Feb 04, 2017 - 2:04 PM

3rd UPDATE The incident has thrust security and the terror threat back into the limelight 3 months before elections in France with authorities saying it was a terrorist assault

REOPENING. People stand outside the Louvre Pyramid of the Louvre museum at night on February 3, 2017, in Paris, after a French soldier patrolling at the Louvre shot and seriously injured a machete-wielding attacker earlier. Photo by Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt /AFP

Tear gas, scuffles mar latest Paris anti-labor reforms protest

Jun 29, 2016 - 12:50 AM

UPDATED Police arrest 38 people as workers hold their 11th demonstration against proposed labor reforms

epa05396453 Protesters of the French workers unions participate in a national demonstration against the Labor Law reform in Paris, France, 28 June 2016. Labor unions demonstrate during a national protest across France against employment law reforms in the so-called El Khomri bill. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Paris tourism hit by attacks, protests

May 30, 2016 - 6:23 PM

France is the world s most visited country but tourists are scared off by the November attacks in the capital that left 130 people dead and the January 2015 killings at Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket

PARIS UBER PROTESTS. Uber and VTC ('Vehicules de Tourisme avec Chauffeur' - Tourism Vehicles with Driver) drivers block Place de la Nation to protest against the French government favoring taxis, in Paris, France, February 5, 2016. File photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

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Violence erupts at protests over French labor reforms

Apr 16, 2016 - 4:46 PM

The police arrest 22 people at a protest over a government bill which will make it easier for struggling companies to fire workers

epa05260915 Participants of the social media-born movement dubbed 'La Nuit Debout' ('The Night awake' or 'The night standing up') take part in a general assembly sit-in session on Place de la Republique, to protest against the labor law reform bill in Paris, France, 15 April 2016. The Nuit Debout movement, which began on 31 March 2016, is reminiscent of the Spanish 'Podemos' movement and the global '#Occupy' movement - with daily general assemblies organised at sun-down. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

France's 'Up All Night' protests gather strength – and causes

Apr 10, 2016 - 7:42 AM

Up All Night means occupying central city squares overnight and vacating them in the morning

UP ALL NIGHT. A picture taken on the Place de la Republique in Paris on April 9, 2016 shows a statue holding a sign reading 'Nuit Debout' (Up All Night) as people take part in the 'Nuit Debout' movement. Photo by AFP  Fresh strikes by unions and students were held across France against proposed reforms to France's labour laws, heaping pressure on President Francois Hollande. Anger over the reforms has spawned a protest movement dubbed "Up All Night" that is taking over French city squares, with young people gathering until dawn demanding social change. / AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET

Najim Laachraoui confirmed as 2nd airport bomber, linked to Paris

Mar 26, 2016 - 12:07 AM

Belgian prosecutors say Najim Laachraoui who is believed to be one of two suicide bombers behind the Brussels attacks is connected to the carnage in Paris last year

Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam to 'oppose' extradition to France

Mar 19, 2016 - 11:50 PM

Legal experts say this could delay – but not prevent – Salah Abdeslam s handover to France where he has been formally charged with terrorist murder after his dramatic capture in Belgium

SUSPECTS ARRESTED. Policemen guard the street at Rue de la Carpe in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean in Brussels, on March 19, 2016. Belgian police arrested 5 people in counter-terror raids in Brussels on March 18, including Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam and the family who sheltered him, prosecutors said. Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belga/AFP

Posh Parisians revolt over homeless shelter

Mar 19, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Residents oppose the plan to build a homeless shelter in the posh district over fears of its impact on the area s forest security and beauty

A picture taken on March 10, 2016 shows an homeless man sleeping in the streets of Paris.  JOEL SAGET / AFP

France's Charlie Hebdo launches 'irreverent' youth essay contest

Feb 22, 2016 - 7:57 PM

We want to help youths to let go of their inhibitions at an age when everything is still possible

epa04636164 An early morning commuter picks up a copy of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo at a news stand in Gare du Nord train station, in Paris, France, 25 February 2015. Charlie Hebdo's new edition will have a print run of two and a half million copies, media reports said. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Eiffel Tower sees fewer visitors after Paris attacks

Jan 19, 2016 - 10:40 PM

The Iron Lady of Paris receives 6 91 million visitors in 2015 compared with 7 1 million in 2014 according to the company that runs the 126 year old monument

Beams of light are visible atop the Eiffel Tower, as part of a light installation entitled 'Human Energy' by artist Yann Toma in Paris, France, December 6, 2015. File Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA