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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.

Video of Paris street harasser assaulting woman shocks France

The Paris public prosecutor's office has opened an investigation after CCTV footage from a café was published on social media showing a young woman being assaulted by a man she had objected to after he made lewd comments and gestures while pasing her in the street. 

Paris streets overflow as vast crowds celebrate World Cup win

Mirroring scenes in towns and cities across the France, the Champs-Elysées avenue and other thoroughfares in central Paris were filled on Sunday evening by tens of thousands of jubilant and chanting supporters of the national football team after its victory over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow.

Bumpy ride and tricolour blunder at Bastille Day parade in Paris

The traditional July 14th military parade along the Champs-Elysées avenue in Paris, which involved more than 4,200 military personnel, was not all smooth going on Saturday, when two gendarmerie motorbike riders collided and the jet flypast spreading the tricolour smoke ribbon of the French national flag mixed up the colour coordination. 

Paris on security alert ahead of Bastille Day and World Cup crowds

Exceptional security measures are in place around the French capital to deal with a potential terrorism threat as vast crowds are expected to turn out for Bastille Day celebrations on Saturday and at fan zone sites for watching the football World Cup final between France and Croatia on Sunday.

Man arrested after four-hour Paris hostage siege

The motives of a 26-year-old Moroccan man arrested after taking staff at a PR agency in central Paris hostage during a four-hour siege which ended without bloodshed when police stormed the building remained unclear Monday evening, according to official sources.

Iran high on agenda as Netanyahu and Macron hold talks in Paris

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Tuesday, when the two swapped opposing views over the Iranian nuclear programme deal and the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, but did agree on concerns over Iran's growing leverage in the Middle East.