Keyword: New Year's Eve
After weeks of union-led strikes and protests against government plans to reform France's pension system, and which have severely disrupted transport services, notably in the Greater Paris Region, French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to finally relieve his prime minister on the political frontline by announcing measures to break the deadlock during the traditional presidential New Year's Eve TV address on Tuesday.
Attack took place in Champigny-sur-Marne, south-east of central Paris, as officers tried to clear a crowd from a New Year's Eve party.
Some 10,000 police officers to be deployed in Paris region alone with 600,000 revellers expected to gather on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées.
Crowds of hundreds of thousands traditionally join the official festivities on the Champs-Elysées, which this year will be cut to ten minutes.
Armed robbers stole goods estimated to be worth 1 million euros from an Apple store in central Paris hours after it had closed on New Year's Eve.
The 73 year-old emerged from toilets to find store shut for the night, and despite triggering burglar alarms was only discovered the next morning.
Interior ministry reveals number of vehicles torched across France during the night of December 31st in vandalism that has become an annual ritual.