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

France

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.

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

France— Investigation

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?

France— Chronicle

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

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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

France— Investigation

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'

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Hunting the Paris terror mastermind: forensic experts race to identify body

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French authorities say they still do not know if Abdelhamid Abaaoud was one of the two people killed during raid at Saint-Denis.

Fate of Paris attacks 'mastermind' unknown says prosecutor

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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

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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

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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'

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