Keyword: paris

France opens probe into death of Irish-French girl in Malaysia

The Paris prosecution services have launched an investigation into the death in Malaysia of Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, whose remains were found in a rainforest Tuesday, under a legal procedure in France that allows investigations to be opened into any unexplained deaths of French nationals abroad.

French ministers call for probe into Epstein's activities in France

France's junior ministers for gender equality and child welfare have jointly called for a judicial investigation to be opened into accusations that convicted paedophile and multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell at the weekend, engaged in criminal sexual activity in France where he owned a property and frequently sojourned. 

Taken for a ride: the angry mood of Deliveroo food couriers in France

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A Deliveroo courier at the protest in Place de la République in central Paris on August 7th 2019. © Reuters/Charles Platiau A Deliveroo courier at the protest in Place de la République in central Paris on August 7th 2019. © Reuters/Charles Platiau

Couriers working for the meal delivery service are angry at the new rates of pay that they now receive, which they say will leave many of them worse off than before. They are particularly upset that the minimum payment of 4.5 euros a delivery has been axed. Rouguyata Sall joined Deliveroo riders as they took their protest to local restaurants in central Paris.

Ex-French spy chief admits 1980s pact with Palestinian terrorists

Families of victims of 1982 Paris attack demand parliamentary inquiry over claims ex-head of France’s intelligence service did deal with Fatah.

Parents talk of 'Kafkaesque' official response to Notre Dame toxic lead fears

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Site workers at Notre-Dame cathedral on July 17th 2019 © Reuters. Site workers at Notre-Dame cathedral on July 17th 2019 © Reuters.

Out of 175 children so far tested after the April fire at the cathedral, 16 have levels of lead in their blood above the threshold at which an initial alert is raised, according to figures from the Paris regional health authority. Two have concentrations above the level at which lead poisoning is officially declared, though one of these cases is not apparently linked to lead from the blaze. Meanwhile the parents of one child with high lead levels in his blood have spoken of the “Kafkaesque” response of the authorities to their plight. Pascale Pascariello reports.

Calls for Notre-Dame cathedral to be sealed over lead fears

Blaze that destroyed cathedral's spire and roof also melted massive quantities of lead, toxic dust from which has been deposited on the ground.

Did US novelist John Steinbeck spy for the CIA in Paris?

In 1954, US novelist John Steinbeck, author of The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men and East of Eden, sojourned in Paris, when he wrote a short story published in the daily Le Figaro and which was re-published for the first time in English this week under the title The Amiable Fleas, but evidence suggests that during his stay in the French capital Steinbeck may also have been gathering intelligence for the CIA.

The Paris radio station run by refugees for refugees

Stalingrad Connection, named after a Paris metro station where homeless migrants once set up a makeshift camp for shelter, broadcasts in five languages to keep asylum seekers in contact with each other, to report on their experiences and to provide practical information.

Venezuelan kinetic art pioneer Carlos Cruz-Diez dies in Paris

Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, regarded as one of Latin America’s most prominent artists in the second half of the 20th century, and who pioneered kinetic art in which perceived movement is one of its key effects, has died at his home in Paris, aged 95.

Hottest-ever day recorded in Paris as heatwave reaches climax

A temperature of 42.6°C was registered in Paris on Thursday, beating a previous record high of 40.4°C in 1947, as most of France bore the brunt of a massive heatwave blanketing western Europe this week and which is due to begin diminishing on Friday. 

Paris authorities slam rumours over 'radioactive' tap water

The prefecture for the Paris region together with the local water supply company have dismissed as 'fake news' rumours circulating on social media that drinking water in the French capital is contaminated by dangerous levels of the radioactive isotope tritium.

Italy's Salvini snubs migrant crisis meeting in Paris

Far-right Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini has declined to take part in a meeting of his European counterparts in Paris on Monday aimed at defining a common policy towards relocation and repatriation of migrants arriving on the continent in clandestine crossings of the Mediterranean, arguing that France and Germany are ignoring 'the demands of the most-exposed countries like us and Malta'. 

Celebrations after Algeria's football win marred by violence in France

A total of 282 people were arrested across the country, 249 of whom were placed in police custody, the interior ministry said on Monday.

Undocumented migrants mount protest at Paris Panthéon monument

A group of hundreds of mostly West Afican migrants stormed the Panthéon mausoleum in the Paris Latin Quarter on Friday to demand that the government review their status as illegal residents unable to obtain recognised rights to work and live in France.

Health scandal over 'unprecedented' lead levels after Notre-Dame fire

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Notre-Dame cathedral after the fire in April 2019. © Reuters Notre-Dame cathedral after the fire in April 2019. © Reuters

Levels of lead concentration 400 to 700 times the maximum authorised limit have been detected in the ground inside and around Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris since the fire that destroyed it in April, according to confidential documents seen by Mediapart. Neither the regional health authority nor the Paris police authorities – who have carried out one of the tests - have passed on these results to people living near by or people working in contaminated areas. One reason for not doing so is apparently the fear of alarming people. Pascale Pascariello reports.