Keyword: paris

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.

French fashion boss apologises over China gaffe

Boss of clothing firm Zadig & Voltaire had said that Chinese tourists would not be welcome at exclusive new hotel planned by the company in Paris.

Thousands in Paris denounce EU 'austerity' pact

Protesters marched in rally organisers say was aimed at fighting EU-imposed austerity, not criticising the government of President Francois Hollande.

Protest outside US embassy in Paris over anti-Islam film

A hundred people were arrested, and three police officers hurt, during a protest outside the US embassy in Paris against an anti-Islam film.

Upmarket Paris properties slide in 2012

Upmarket house prices in Paris fell 3.4% in the first half of 2012 after two years' growth, says property sales company Savills.

High-profile security firm accused of inflating workplace injuries to boost its taxpayer-funded budget

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The security firm GPIS runs a much-envied service safeguarding many of Paris' most difficult social housing estates. But this flagship organisation, which has top-level political links and is funded with public money, stands accused of artificially increasing the number and extent of injuries suffered by its agents in the line of duty in order to increase its budget. Former and current staff also talk of a “climate of fear” and stress at the heart of the organisation and of a management culture that systematically encourages false witness statements in legal proceedings. Louise Fessard investigates.

Shepard Fairey offers a bit of 'hope' to the streets of Paris

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Shepard Fairey is one of the most celebrated street artists today, a pioneer of the underground urban movement and famous worldwide for his ‘Hope’ poster created for Barack Obama’s 2008 election campaign, now a permanent feature in the US National Portrait Gallery. This summer he visited Paris to mount a 40 metre-tall slice of his graphic oeuvre in the capital’s 13th arrondissement (photo), when Mediapart caught up with him, camera in hand, to follow the American artist at work. Hugo Vitrani reports on a man who seems incapable of escaping controversy, arrest and a constant desire to re-paint the urban jungle (video report and interviews available on article pages).       

'Hollande has done nothing – the factory is closing and he hasn't met us'

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A l'entrée de l'usine. © (dr) A l'entrée de l'usine. © (dr)

It is the first big social test of President François Hollande's new government. The giant French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroën has announced it is shedding 8,000 jobs, including the closure of a plant at Aulnay-sous-Bois on the outskirts of Paris. Unions have described the news as a “declaration of war”and workers have pledged to fight the factory closure all the way. President Hollande has said the cuts are “unacceptable” and told Peugeot to re-negotiate with employees. But the new government has itself come under fire from workers and unions for not putting enough pressure on the car manufacturer. Mediapart's Rachida El Azzouzi and Ellen Salvi went to Aulnay to meet the workforce.

Pilot error and faulty equipment caused 2009 Air France crash, investigators say

A combination of mistakes by inadequately trained pilots and faulty equipment caused an Air France jet to plunge into the Atlantic in 2009.

France's Strauss-Kahn and wife 'have separated'

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair now live separate lives, reports a French magazine.

France fails to shift Russia's Syria sanctions veto

During talks in Paris Francois Hollande failed to win the backing of Vladimir Putin for tougher U.N. sanctions aimed at ending violence in Syria.