US transport company Uber has said it will invest 20 million euros over the next five years in a Paris-based laboratory, in cooperation with the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique engineering school, for the development of sky taxis, which it hopes will be operational by 2023.
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.
The knifeman who killed one man and wounded four other people in a rampage in a central Paris street on Saturday evening, and who was subsequently shot dead by police, has been named as Khamzat Azimov, born in Chechnya in 1997 and given French nationality in 2010.
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.
Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has demanded that President Emmanuel Macron take action to provide alternative shelter for thousands of migrants who are sleeping rough in squalid conditions in the north of the capital, a situation which France's citizens’ rights ombudsman, Jacques Toubon, has denounced as a denial of fundamental human rights.
US president suggested 2015 attacks could have been stopped by giving people guns and mimicked gunmen summoning victims one by one.
As President Macron condemned violence, Socialist Party blamed government attempt at 'all-out victory' over trade unions for fuelling reaction.
Violence came after far-left anarchist groups, known as Black Blocs, hijacked a peaceful rally against President Macron's public sector reforms.
Peaceful march hijacked when group of demonstrators clad in black, many wearing balaclavas, broke into chant of 'Everyone hates the police'.
Past weeks have permitted some to imagine that President Macron's France is entering zone of high dramatic turbulence, comparable with 1968.
A spokesman, for Khalifa Haftar, whose Libyan National Army controls much of eastern Libya and who press reports last week said was in a coma after suffering a stroke, claimed on Twitter on Friday that he had visited a Paris hospital 'for normal checkups' and would 'be back in Libya within few days'.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has commissioned an expert study into the financial viability of transforming public transport in the French capital into a free service as a measure to reduce chronic pollution by encouraging more people to abandon their use of private vehicles in the city.
A Paris café called Joyeux has opened with a mission to give people with autism, Down syndrome and other cognitive difficulties an all-too rare chance to earn a living like any other person and be accepted as capable workers in a busy public environment, and its owner plans to open several more outlets around France.
A study by London-based human rights charity Refugee Rights Europe questioned almost 300 migrants about their conditions living rough on the streets of the French capital, with many respondents complaining of a climate of fear amid physical attacks, racial abuse and sexual assault.
At least 13 homeless people have died in the Paris region since the start of the year; some put the figure nearer 20.