Keyword: Saint-Denis

Tears and anger as reluctant nurses get Covid vaccine to meet French state's deadline

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A nurse at the Saint-Camille hospital at Bry-sur-Marne east of Paris gets a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on January 8th 2021. © Photo Bertrand Guay / AFP A nurse at the Saint-Camille hospital at Bry-sur-Marne east of Paris gets a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on January 8th 2021. © Photo Bertrand Guay / AFP

September 15th 2021 was the deadline for all healthcare professionals and many other workers in France to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The list of those subject to mandatory vaccination includes non-medical staff in hospitals, gendarmes, firefighters, ambulance staff and home carers. Those who fail to comply by the deadline will face being suspended without pay. As today's deadline loomed, hospitals were trying to persuade the last remaining reluctant staff members to get their vaccinations. Many in the medical profession, while fully supporting vaccination, see the obligatory nature of the injections as a major policy failure. Caroline Coq-Chodorge spoke to some involved in this last-minute race for vaccination.

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The air pollution threat posed by Paris's 2024 Olympic Games preparations

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The Pleyel à Venir collective, who are opposed to the new works, took part in the public inquiry in Paris in June 2019. © JL The Pleyel à Venir collective, who are opposed to the new works, took part in the public inquiry in Paris in June 2019. © JL

In readiness for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris the authorities are building a new motorway junction to service the Olympic Village for athletes. However, this busy junction at Saint-Denis, north of Paris, is close to a school complex for 700 pupils. French administrative courts have just approved the project, despite the fact that, as documents seen by Mediapart show, the junction is likely to worsen air pollution in the area. Opponents meanwhile point to anti-pollution measures taken outside schools in the centre of the capital and claim that pupils in the city's rundown suburbs are being discriminated against. Jade Lindgaard reports.

Will Paris pay a steep price for hosting 2024 Olympics?

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President Emmanuel Macron with the delegration from the Paris 2024 bid at Lausanne in Switzerland on July 11th, 2017. © Reuters President Emmanuel Macron with the delegration from the Paris 2024 bid at Lausanne in Switzerland on July 11th, 2017. © Reuters

An agreement struck between Los Angeles and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over 2028 has left the way open for Paris to be the host nation for the 2024 Games. While rival cities have pulled out of the race for budgetary reasons, officials behind the French bid insist they will keep to their budget of 6.6 billion euros. But as Antton Rouget reports, there are nonetheless real risks of an overspend, especially on security.

The jihadist network on the French island of La Réunion

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For a long time French overseas territories have been spared armed jihadism and the phenomenon of young people heading off for the war zones of Syria and Iraq. But the recent trial in Paris of a young man from La Réunion in the Indian Ocean for a conspiracy to carry out a terrorist act has changed that. The conviction of Naïl Varatchia also challenges the widely-perceived idea that the Muslim community on the island is an example of tolerance. Julien Sartre reports.

Residents stand up to dealers at French housing estate

Locals in Paris suburb camp out in front of a building used by drug dealers in an initiative that has been likened to 'Nuit Debout' sit-in protest.

The truth about deadly police raid on terror flat near Paris

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In the early hours of November 18th, 2015 officers from the French police's elite antiterrorism unit RAID staged an assault on a flat at Saint-Denis, just north of Paris. The operation led to the death of two terrorists who had carried out the attacks in Paris on November 13th. Mediapart has discovered that though the police claim they came under “sustained” fire during the assault, in fact the terrorists in the flat only fired eleven rounds, against more than 1,500 from police officers. Most of the shots sustained by the police came from their own officers. Matthieu Suc reports.

Paris terror attacks organiser 'planned to attack business district'

Paruis prosecutor says Abdelhamid Abaaoud aimed to target La Défense area in Paris with accomplice just days after the November 13 carnage.

Paris attacks: Saint-Denis suicide bomber was male, says police source

Experts sifting through debris at flat raided by French police now believe Hasna Ait Boulahcen was not the person wearing a suicide belt.

Paris attacks: third body found in flat raided by police

Third body found at police raid in Saint-Denis is still being identified as government announces that death toll in Paris attacks is now 130.

Paris attacks leader Abdelhamid Abaaoud killed in Saint-Denis raid

Confirmation that Abaaoud was in Paris will now prompt questions about how the 26-year old had been able to travel to France from Syria.

Fate of Paris attacks 'mastermind' unknown says prosecutor

Official says Abdelhamid Abaaoud not among 8 people arrested but that not all those who died in police raid had yet been identified.

Police raid: suspects had 'planned attack' on Paris business district

Sources say suspected Islamist militants raided in a Paris suburb were planning attack on French capital's La Defense business district.

Two dead, 7 arrested in police raid targeting Paris attackers

One of dead was female suicide bomber who blew herself up as French police searched for alleged mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

Explosions and gunfire as police raid near Paris targets plot 'mastermind'

Female suicide bomber blows herself up as police target alleged ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Salah Abdeslam and a 'ninth' attacker.

The 1.6bn-euro ocean road making waves on Réunion

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Le tronçon "viaduc" de la future route du littoral, à 100 mètres du rivage réunionnais © Région Réunion Le tronçon "viaduc" de la future route du littoral, à 100 mètres du rivage réunionnais © Région Réunion

Plans to build a new road on viaducts and massive seawalls around the coast of the French Indian Ocean island of Réunion have caused a major controversy. The 1.6-billion-euro project faces a preliminary legal investigation for possible corruption and favouritism and is under fire for its impact on the environment, while financial watchdogs also warn the scheme risks facing a significant funding shortfall. Julien Sartre reports.