Keyword: paris

Major Paris rally in support of same-sex marriage bill

An estimated 250,000 people marched through Paris on Sunday in support of a same-sex marriage bill due to go before parliament on Tuesday.

'Miniscule' Parisian apartment housed man for 15 years

A 50-year-old man had been paying rent of 330 euros a month for a flat that has a living area of just 1.56 square metres.

Protestors against gay marriage mass at Eiffel Tower

Several hundred thousand people marched in Paris to protest against French president's plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption by June.

Paris bus driver 'beaten up by police officers'

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On the face of it, the incident looked like yet another regrettable but sadly all-too common attack on a bus company employee. But in the middle of the assault on the 35-year-old in central Paris, one of the two assailants pulled out his warrant card and told onlookers he was a police officer. The police complaints authority is now investigating. However, as Louise Fessard reports, despite the attack being captured on video surveillance cameras and the fact that the attackers are readily identifiable, no arrests have yet been made.

Mind the reality gap: Grand Paris plan ‘a vain castle in the air that left people behind’

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A major urban renovation project called ‘le Grand Paris’ was launched in 2007 to modernise the Greater Paris Region with the development of new centres for economic activity, the construction of more than a million new homes and a major new inter-linking transport system. Amid soaring costs and fierce criticism from environmentalists, the plan, now estimated at 30 billion euros, is under government review. In this interview with Mediapart, Jean-Pierre Orfeuil, a specialist in mobility issues and professor at the Paris Institute of Urbanism, says the project is yet another example of how the elite ignore the real social and economic needs of the public, and argues why only a radical and visionary new approach to the transport infrastructure in and around the capital will solve its current problems.

Three Kurdish women activists killed in Paris

One of the women found dead with gunshot wounds is said to be a co-founder of the militant Kurdish separatist movement, the PKK.

Thieves steal goods worth 1M euros from Paris Apple store

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.

Dozens storm Vatican embassy in protest over homeless immigrants

Protestors briefly occupy the Vatican embassy in Paris in support of a group of homeless, hunger-striking illegal immigrants demanding legal status.

The ever-changing story of Paris

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For some people France's capital city nowadays resembles a giant museum. But in his superbly-illustrated book L'Invention de Paris, author Éric Hazan argues that the story of Paris is in fact one of constant change and motion. The work also describes how the city has always outgrown the historical and geographical boundaries that have been imposed upon it - a process that is continuing to this day. Dominique Conil sifts through this compelling volume.

Depardieu fails alcohol test after Paris scooter crash

French actor Gerard Depardieu, who was unhurt, was detained and brought to a police station where he could face a misdemeanor charge.

Concorde crash: Continental Airlines cleared by French court

Ruling comes two years after another French court fined the airline and held it criminally responsible for the 2000 crash which killed 113.

Stones mount 15-euro surprise gig in Paris

The Rolling Stones performed to 350 fans in Paris,after announcing a surprise gig on Twitter ahead of 50th anniversary shows in the UK and US.

After decades of denial, France recognises 1961 police massacre of Algerians in Paris

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French President François Hollande has ended more than 50 years of official silence over the massacre by Paris police of an estimated several hundred Algerians demonstrating for their country’s independence from France. “On October 17th 1961, Algerians demonstrating for the right to independence were killed during a bloody repression,” read a brief statement by Hollande. “France recognizes these events with lucidity. Fifty one years after this tragedy, I pay homage to the memory of the victims.” It was the first public recognition by a French president of the killings and was hailed by campaigners and historians who had lobbied for decades for France to assume what was the deadliest act of repression on its own soil since World War II. Lénaïg Bredoux reports.

The changing faces and rising numbers of the homeless in Paris

As winter approaches, the government frees 50 million euros for emergency shelters for the increasing numbers of people sleeping rough in Paris.

The word from France's run-down estates

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A remarkable book written by four young men has highlighted the reality of life on one of France's many impoverished and neglected housing estates. The work, which began as a writing project with their community worker, and which combines tragic insight with flashes of great humour, tackles issues of education, the police, drugs, prison and even the role of history among the writers and their friends. But, as Joseph Confavreux reports, perhaps the major achievement of 'Nous...La cité' ('We...the estate') is that it has taught four young men from a run-down area the power of the written word.