Mysterious attacks on horses continue in France

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A series of unexplained attacks on horses, ponies and donkeys around France since February, in which mutilated animals have been killed or severely wounded, continued this weekend in a latest incident in Burgundy, but police have so far failed to identify the attackers or their motives, which are speculated variously to be a gruesome online dare, dark Satanic rituals, or the work of a large criminal ring that sells horse's organs or blood.  

Mystefying attacks across France on horses and ponies

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French police admit they are baffled by a series of often fatal knife attacks across the country on horses and ponies, in which body parts are removed, raising fears of a string of satanic rituals or a macabre online challenge.

French farmers dump manure on offices of MPs who voted Canada deal

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Farmers in south-west France angry at parliament's approval of the ‘CETA’ EU-Canada trade deal, which they claim will threaten their livelihoods by allowing the importation of agricultural products that do not meet current EU standards, have attacked the offices of MPs from President Emmanuel Macron’s LREM party by bricking up one and dumping manure outside another.

Fifth person wounded in Strasbourg shooting dies

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A fifth person has died from wounds sustained in the gun attacks last Tuesday on the streets of Strasbourg, eastern France, when local man Cherif Chekatt, 29, who the so-called Islamic State group said acted in its name, shot a total of 16 people.

French government urges no Yellow Vest protests on Saturday

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French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux on Thursday called on the so-called Yellow Vest movement demanding better living standards for low- and midlle income earners not to hold another weekend of protests because of the strain placed on police and security forces after this week's terrorist attack in Strasbourg.

Gay rights activist latest victim of homophobic attacks in Paris

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Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has called for a 'collective' reaction against a rising number of reported attacks on homosexuals in the capital, after Guillaume Mélanie, who heads a gay rights association, was assaulted on a street in the city centre by a stranger and left with a broken nose and bruising on Monday evening in what he described as clearly motivated by homophobia.

Six held over vegan militant attacks in Lille

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Six people have been detained in the north-east French city of Lille in connection with a series of recent attacks on nine commercial businesses there, including against a butchers shop and a McDonald's fast-food branch, when windows were smashed and fake blood was daubed on walls.

Legal case filed over 'standdown' order to troops in 2015 Paris attacks

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The official revelation that a group of soldiers on security patrol close to the Bataclan muic hall, where 90 concert goers were massacred by an Islamic State terrorist group on the evening of November 13th 2015, were ordered not to intervene has prompted a legal complaint by survivors and victims' relatives.

Paris knife attacks confirm the new threat from IS

France— Analysis

One person was killed and four others wounded after a French national of Chechen origin went on a knifing rampage in central Paris on Saturday evening, in a terrorist attack claimed by the Islamic State group (IS). Khamzat Azimov, born in Chechnya in 1997, was shot dead by police minutes after he began stabbing passers-by on a street near to the Garnier Opera house. Mediapart terrorism specialist Matthieu Suc analyses here the reasons behind the changing strategy of IS-sponsored attacks in Europe, and in France in particular where they have claimed the lives of 246 people since 2014.

At least one dead, four wounded in IS-claimed knife rampage in Paris

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The Islamic State group (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack by a knife-wielding man who stabbed passers-by in the Paris central Opera district at around 9pm local time on Saturday, when he killed one person and wounding at least four others, two seriously, before police shot the him dead.

French prison guards strike moves into second week

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An open-ended strike by French prison guards over pay and conditions, prompted by a series of assaults on staff in several jails across the country, will enter a second week on Monday, with unions calling for a ‘total blockage’ of establishments after government proposals to increase staff numbers were rejected at the weekend.

Arrested suspect in Paris atack on soldiers 'is Algerian national'

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French media reports said the 36-year-old, who was seriously wounded during his arrest by armed police in northern France hours after six soldiers were mowed down by a car in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, is an Algerian national living close to the French capital who was unknown to French security services but who had a record of petty crime.

The mystery of French island shark attacks

France— Investigation

Over the past six years a spate of shark attacks have hit the French Indian Ocean island of La Réunion, leaving nine people dead and many others badly wounded. The problem, virtually unknown before 2011, has traumatised the local population, and in an effort to reduce the danger local authorities have introduced a programme of shark culling, which has outraged conservationists. In all, more than 10 million euros have been ploughed into measures including the erection of safety netting around beaches and the employment of divers to scout for predators close to resorts. But the attacks are continuing, and despite numerous scientific studies no-one knows why. Julien Sartre reports from La Réunion, where locals are anything but united on how to deal with the problem.

Three French schoolchildren injured in London attack

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The victims, part of a school group from Brittany on a visit to London, were mowed down when the driver of a vehicle mounted a pavement on Westminster Bridge and rammed into pedestrians, killing at least two people and injuring about 20 others.

French investigators identify 'coordinator' of 2015 Paris attacks

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Syria-based Oussama Atar, 32, believed to be a member of the Islamic State group, was already a suspect in the March 22nd attacks on Brussels in which his brothers participated as suicide bombers, but has now been named as the coordinator for the November 13th atrocities in Paris last year which left 130 people dead.