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Paris metro faces 'severe' disruptions from December 5 strike

Nov 28, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Unions are calling a new indefinite strike against an overhaul of the pensions system that they say will require people to work longer or accept a lower pension

POTENTIAL DISRUPTIONS. In this file photo taken on November 22, 2005 a traveller is about to get into a subway station, in Paris, France. Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Paris police attacker had 'radical vision of Islam'

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:35 PM

A French prosecutor says the assailant was in contact with the 'Salafist Islamist Movement'

4 killed in Paris police stabbing, attacker shot dead

Oct 03, 2019 - 9:45 PM

The attack comes amid growing tensions within the ranks of the police, who are stretched to the limit after a year of trying to contain weekly 'yellow vest' anti-Macron demonstrations

PARIS STABBING. Police stand near a firefighter vehicle near Paris prefecture de police (police headquarters) on October 3, 2019 after four officers were killed in a knife attack. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Paris climate march organizers call for protest end after clashes

Sep 21, 2019 - 11:10 PM

'Take no risks and leave the march for the climate. The conditions for a non-violent march are not in place,' co-organizer Greenpeace tells French protesters after violence erupts during the climate march in Paris

MARCH TURNS VIOLENT. A French firefighter holds an axe and a sledgehammer on his shoulder during a climate change protest in Paris on September 21, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

LOOK: Heart Evangelista serves all the looks at Paris Fashion Week

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:34 PM

Heart Evangelista in the fashion capital of the world means next level OOTDs

OOTD. Heart Evangelista is in the French capital for Paris Fashion Week. Photo from Instagram.com/iamhearte

Cigarette, electrical fault 'may have caused' Notre-Dame fire

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The statement, signed by chief Paris prosector Remy Heitz, emphasizes that the investigation has still not clarified the actual cause of the fire

NOTRE-DAME FIRE. Smoke billows as flames burn through the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris. File photo by Fabien Barrau/AFP

Cebu Pacific orders 31 Airbus planes at Paris Air Show

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:05 AM

The planes that Cebu Pacific ordered, worth $6.8 billion, will allow the airline to 'continue offering the lowest fares' due to improved passenger capacity

NEXT-GEN PLANES. Cebu Pacific buys Airbus A330 new engine option planes from Airbus. Photo from Airbus

Chris Brown skips Paris hearing over rape accusation

May 29, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The singer is accused of raping a woman on the night of January 15 early this year

VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA - APRIL 28: Chris Brown performs onstage at SOMETHING IN THE WATER - Day 3 on April 28, 2019 in Virginia Beach City. Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Something in the Water/AFP

Staff of Louvre Museum in Paris go on strike over worker shortage

May 28, 2019 - 6:01 PM

Due to the increasing number of museum visitors, the Louvre's staff is now 'suffocating' and very 'overwhelmed'

Most Notre-Dame pledges not yet collected – archbishop

May 16, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Donors have pledged about a billion euros ($1.12 billion) but so far 'the greater part of these donations have not yet materialized,' says the Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit

DAMAGED. In this file photo, firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. File photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Officials warn of lead pollution risks after Notre-Dame blaze

May 10, 2019 - 8:13 AM

Analysis detects lead dust in 'very significant' levels on some streets and pavements outside the cathedral, which remain off limits to the public since the April 15 blaze

Smoke billows as flames burn through the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze. (Photo by Fabien Barrau / AFP)

Paris police station closed after attack... by fleas

May 06, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'Police station closed until further notice!' reads a notice stuck to the front door of the station, which is located in the 19th district of the French capital

Paris police clash with protesters ahead of May Day march

May 01, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Hundreds of so-called 'black bloc' activists push to the front of the gathering crowd on Montparnasse Boulevard, hurling bottles and other projectiles at police in a confrontation some 90 minutes before the march was to start

PROTEST. A yellow vest protester standing on a street pole between police and fellow protesters gestures prior to the start of the annual May Day rally in Paris on May 1, 2019. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Notre-Dame organ dusty but undamaged: organist

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Nothing burned, nothing melted, very little water from the fire hoses got into the organ itself,' says organist Johann Vexo

A February 1, 2004 shows the organ of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, one of the most famous in the World. - (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Workers ignored ban on smoking at Notre-Dame cathedral, admits contractor

Apr 25, 2019 - 8:15 AM

But a spokesman for the scaffolding company renovating Notre-Dame said: 'In no way could a cigarette butt be the cause of the fire'

Technicians work on Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris on April 23, 2019, one week after a fire devastated the cathedral.  KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Triggered ka ba ng nasunog na Notre-Dame?

Apr 22, 2019 - 12:24 PM

Dahil wala tayong personal na koneksyon sa 'intangible heritage,' ampaw ang koneksyon natin sa mga puntod ng ating kasaysayan

In shadow of burned Notre-Dame, Paris Catholics pray for Easter renewal

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The Easter Sunday Mass at Saint-Eustache church in Paris, celebrated in the wake of the Notre-Dame fire, is pervaded by the spirit and hope of a fresh start

Faithful attend mass in tribute to the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral at the Saint Eustache church in Paris, on Easter Sunday, on April 21, 2019. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

IOC pledges 500,000 euros to ensure Notre-Dame ready for Paris 2024

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:28 PM

'The aim of completing the reconstruction in time for Paris 2024 will be an extra motivation for all of us,' says International Olympics Committee president Thomas Bach

DAMAGED. This photo shows the damaged roof of Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital. Photo by Amaury Blin/AFP

Notre-Dame esplanade to get 'ephemeral' wooden cathedral during rebuild

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo backs the idea of a 'wooden cathedral' that will host priests who will address tourists and visitors

Firefighters secure Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, in the aftermath of a fire that caused its spire to crash to the ground. - Crowds of stunned Parisians and tourists -- some crying, others offering prayers -- watched in horror in central Paris on April 15 night as firefighters struggled for hours to extinguish the flames engulfing the Notre-Dame Cathedral. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)

Disney offers $5 million for the Notre-Dame it once immortalized on film

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:28 AM

The iconic Paris cathedral is immortalized in Disney's 1996 animated blockbuster 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'

Watch out for false information about the Notre-Dame fire

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Be on the lookout for disinformation involving the tragic Notre-Dame fire, which destroyed the roof of the Parisian cathedral

Firefighter douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A major fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky, the fire service said. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year, where renovations are currently underway. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)

France launches global contest to replace Notre-Dame spire

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:52 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Edouard Philippe describes the task of rebuilding it as 'a huge challenge and historic responsibility'

DESIGNING NOTRE-DAME. A man rides his bicycle along the Seine banks, close to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on March 10, 2016. File photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Firefighting robot Colossus helps put out Notre-Dame fire

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Colossus, built by French technology firm Shark Robotics, is meant to be water and fire-resistant, allowing it to withstand extreme conditions

COLOSSUS. Shark Robotics' Colossus robot is a modular machine meant for firefighting and other types of dangerous operations. Image from Shark Robotics.

'Like a bombing': Daylight reveals extent of Notre-Dame damage

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:22 AM

'It felt like I was looking at a bombing,' says Philippe Marsset, the vicar general of Notre-Dame, who was among the first to enter the cathedral

DAMAGED. This photo shows the damaged roof of Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital. Photo by Amaury Blin/AFP

World leaders stunned by Notre-Dame fire, urge rebuilding

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Political, cultural, and religious leaders stress the unique and iconic place the Notre-Dame Cathedral has in human history and express solidarity with France

FIRE. People watch as Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral burns late into the night on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

'Hunchback of Notre-Dame' tops bestseller lists after fire

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:27 PM

The monument was ravaged by fire on April 15

NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS. The famed cathedral, pictured here in December 2006, is said to be a central character in Victor Hugo's novel. A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed cathedral in central Paris on April 15. File photo by Pierre Verdy/AFP

Workers questioned over Notre-Dame inferno as donations pour in

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(4th UPDATE) A host of French billionaires and companies have stepped forward with offers of cash worth around 600 million euros to remake the iconic structure

FIREFIGHTING. Firefighters secure Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, in the aftermath of a fire that caused its spire to crash to the ground. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

YouTube accidentally links Notre-Dame fire to 9/11 attacks

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:25 PM

A spokesman for YouTube, which is owned by Google, says the text box feature had been disabled for live streams related to the fire

EXTINGUISHING THE FIRE. Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Philippines 'saddened, bothered' by Notre-Dame fire

Apr 16, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) The Manila Cathedral, which was destroyed by fire in the past, grieves the burning of part of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in France

NOTRE-DAME FIRE. Firefighters douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Some Notre-Dame treasures saved by French firefighters

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:30 AM

The Holy Crown of Thorns and a sacred tunic worn by 13th-century French king Louis, two irreplaceable artifacts, have been rescued

NOTRE-DAME. Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

LOOK: Neymar visits recovering Pele in hospital

Apr 09, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Neymar visits Brazilian football legend Pele who was hospitalized for urinary tract infection

LEGENDS. Neymar visits Pele in the hospital hours before the 78-year-old's discharge. Photo from Neymar's Instagram

Football legend Pele to stay in Paris hospital for extra night

Apr 08, 2019 - 1:53 PM

The three-time World Cup winner was admitted to a hospital with a urinary tract infection

UNDER OBSERVATION. A date for Pele's discharge has not been officially announced by the hospital. File photo from Shutterstock


China's Xi meets top EU leaders to strengthen ties

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:11 PM

Xi Jinping stresses that 'a united and prosperous Europe fits in with our vision of a multipolar world'

XI IN EUROPE. Princess Charlene of Monaco (upper left), the wife of China's President Peng Liyuan (upper right), Prince Albert II of Monaco (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd right) leave after their meeting at the Monaco Palace on March 24, 2019. Photo by Valery Hache/AFP

France unveils new tax for global internet giants

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Having failed to persuade his European partners to introduce an EU-wide tax, France will go it alone with its own new mechanism

Paris gets in breakdance groove ahead of 2024 Olympic bow

Feb 25, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Breakdance is set to make a splash on its Olympic debut at the Paris Games

BREAKTHROUGH. Breakdancing just needs the approval of the International Olympic Committee for it to be included as an event in the 2024 Olympics. Photos from Shutterstock


'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 Instagram.com/chrisbrownofficial

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