In pictures: pretty Paris under snow

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Overnight snowfall left Paris draped in white on Tuesday morning, provoking transport woes but also lending the French capital a striking beauty as captured by these news agency photos.

Court orders magazine Paris Match not to further publish Nice photos

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A Paris court has refused a public prosecutor's demand that the latest issue of French weekly Paris Match be withdrawn from sale over its publication of gruesome CCTV images of the 2016 Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice when a truck ploughed into seafront crowds, killing 86 and injuring hundreds more, but has ordered the magazine not to republish the photos.

Move to pull Paris Match from newsstands over Nice attack photos

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The Paris public prosecutor's office has asked for a court order to remove the weekly magazine from sales points in France on Thursday over its publication of gruesome images from CCTV footage of the terrorist attack in the Rivierra city in July last year when a man acting in the name of Islamic State drove a truck into seafront crowds killing 86 people and injuring more than 450 others. 

Muslim woman intercepted by police on Nice beach sparks controversy

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Photos of a Muslim woman surrounded by police and stripping off her shawl have prompted protests from French Council of the Muslim Faith.

French parents 'could be jailed' for posting children’s photos online

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Parents told they could be sued by their grown-up children for posting photos of them on social networks, leading to fines or imprisonment.

Life and death amid the ruins of conflict

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Russian freelance photographer Sergey Ponomarev has spent the last two years covering events in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Ukraine. His award-winning work has been regularly featured in The New York Times and French weekly Paris Match. He began his career with Associated Press in Moscow in 2003, initially focusing on Russian society and culture before covering the 2006 conflict between Israel and the Lebanese-based Hezbollah group, and later, in 2011, the Libyan revolution. A freelance since 2012, the 34-year-old has continued his reporting of conflict zones, from the civil war in Syria, from Gaza and Israel during the 2014 Israeli offensive in Gaza codenamed ‘Protective Edge’, and the Ukraine, during both the uprising that toppled former president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 and the subsequent pro-Russian separatist conflict in the east of the country. A collection of his work is currently being showcased in Paris, at the Galerie Iconoclastes (see details bottom of page) in an exhibition on until June 9th. Mediapart presents here below a selection of 15 compelling and often disturbing photos from those on display, and which vividly illustrate both the horrors of war and the staggering capacity of peoples to retrieve a semblance of normality amid surrounding turmoil.

French court rules car a private place in secret actress photos case

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A photographer and staff of magazine Closer received suspended fines for publishing photos of Julie Gayet at the steering wheel of her car.

Closer ordered to pay damages to actress in Hollande affair

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The magazine must pay 15,000 euros for breaching Julie Gayet's privacy with photos revealing her relationship with the French president.

French chefs up in arms over ‘food porn’

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Leading French chefs have expressed outrage over a trend of posting photos of their 'intellectual property' on social media.

No frills: US photographer's haunting pictures of Paris in 1946

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LIFE magazine republishes a selection of photographer Ed Clark's compelling black and white portraits of a city exhausted by war.

Duke and duchess sue French magazine over topless Kate photos

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British royals sue for breach of privacy over bare-breasted photos of holidaying Duchess of Cambridge published by French magazine Closer.

The view from inside Japan's nuclear disaster exclusion zone


Nearly a year and five months after the combined effects of an earthquake followed by a maximum-level tsunami led to nuclear meltdown and radioactive leaks at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi atomic power plant, the 20-kilometre exclusion zone (photo) established around the plant remains a desolate place. Beginning in April 2011, photo-reporter Antonio Pagnotta made several clandestine visits to the zone over a period of 11 months, producing a series of insightful and eery reportages which Mediapart is publishing in a thematic series. Here he tells Sophie Dufau and Michel de Pracontal about his chilling experiences and what he sees as Japan's state of denial about the dark consequences of the disaster.