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Minister says continuing French protests have created 'monster'

Ahead of what are forecast to be a major demonstrations on Saturday by a grass-roots movement of often violent protest over the living standards of middle-income earners, France's interior minister has announced 'large-scale security measures' in Paris, including the deployment of armoured vehicles, in face of what he said has become a 'monster' that has escaped the control of those who initiated the nationwide contestation.

The divisions behind the latest 'gilets jaunes' social protests in Paris

Scenes from the first 'gilets jaunes' protests in Paris, November 17th, 2018. © E.S. Scenes from the first 'gilets jaunes' protests in Paris, November 17th, 2018. © E.S.

This Saturday December 1st the so-called 'gilets jaunes' or yellow hi-vis vest protesters will take to the streets of central Paris for the third weekend in a row. This time other groups – unions, anti-racist movements and student groups – are also planning demonstrations in the capital. But while they might all be demonstrating at the same time, these different components of the current social movement sweeping across France are not all on the same wavelength when it comes to their aims and objectives. Mathilde Goanec, Dan Israel and Faïza Zerouala report.

How the murders of two elderly Jewish women shook France

Two killings in Paris, one year apart, have inflamed the bitter French debate over antisemitism, race and religion.

Police disperse ‘yellow vest’ Paris protesters with teargas

Around 8,000 protesters gathered in Paris for second weekend of 'yellow vest'  protests, as public anger over rising diesel fuel prices continues.

Paris mayor plans to transform city centre into pedestrian zone

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, who faces a tough re-election campaign in 2020, has plans, if re-elected, to transform the four central Paris districts into largely pedestrian zones as part of a continuing programme to clean up the French capital's chronic air pollution.

Macron in Armistice Day warning of return of 'old demons'

French President Emmanuel Macron led a ceremony in Paris attended by more than 60 heads of state and dignitaries, including US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, when he warned against the return of 'old demons' and issued a plea 'to prioritise peace over everything'.

Gay rights activist latest victim of homophobic attacks in Paris

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.

Paris gives go-ahead to Jeff Koons statue tribute to terrorism victims

Paris City Hall has given the go-ahead for the installation in the gardens of the Petit Palais of a giant statue by the US artist Jeff Koons, called 'Bouquet of Tulips', which he presented as a gift in tribute to the victims of the 2015 terrorist attacks in the capital, but which has been slammed by art world professionals over the cost of its installation.

Paris mayor faces tough battle as rivals circle a divided City Hall

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Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo with deputy Bruno Julliard in March 2018. © Reuters Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo with deputy Bruno Julliard in March 2018. © Reuters

The deputy mayor of Paris, Bruno Julliard, this week resigned from his post in a blistering attack on the French capital’s socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo, for who Julliard had previously been a close political ally. It was the latest significant blow for Hidalgo who hopes to be re-elected to the prestigious and politically strategic post in 2020. In this detailed report, Pauline Graulle and Ellen Salvi went behind the scenes at the Paris City Hall to hear from insiders their divided opinions on Hidalgo’s management of the riverside Hôtel de Ville, which increasingly appears like a ship taking on water.     

Tourists among seven wounded in Paris knife attacks

British and Egyptian tourists were among seven people stabbed on Sunday night in a popular canal-side location in Paris by a man believed to be an Afghan national who was chased and overpowered by members of the public, notably pétanque players who reportedly threw their iron balls at the assailant's head. 

Thousands march in France to demand action on climate change

Police said as many as 18,500 protesters took to streets in Paris while non-governmental organisations estimated turnout at up to 50,000.

Paris plan to convert all schoolyards into green cool spots

Paris City Hall's 'Project Oasis' is a programme to transform by 2040 all of about 800 concrete schoolyards of the capital into cool spots for respite in periods of extreme heat, and perhaps even bring down temperatures across a city with the lowest proportion of green spaces of any European city.

Vandals hit Paris plaque for France's last executed gays

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo attacked the 'shameful demonstration of homophobia' shown by attack on plaque commemorating executions in 1750.

Paris hosts Gay Games amid surge in anti-gay aggression

More than 12,700 participants from 91 countries are expected at the contest, which involves athletes who are  male and female, straight and gay.

French politicians praise woman who stood up to harasser

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted support for 22-year-old architecture student Marie Laguerre who stood up to man who harassed her in street.