Protests Staged Across France Against Bill on Police Images

Rights campaigners and journalists organizations staged street protests in Paris and other French cities on Saturday against a security bill that they say would be a violation of the freedom of information. The proposed measure would create a new criminal offense of publishing images of police of

French Police Increase COVID-19 Lockdown Checks in Paris

French police stepped up controls in Paris over the weekend to ensure residents were complying with strict lockdown rules imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19, amid signs that some people were breaching them. Prime Minister Jean Castex has said people are not abiding by the rules as strictly as

France says troops killed top extremist in Mali

France said Friday that troops from its Barkhane force in Mali have killed a senior extremist leader linked to numerous attacks in the region.Defense Minister Florence Parly hailed the operation involving helicopters and ground troops against Bah Ag Moussa, described as the military commander of t

Coronavirus research to get $500m boost at Paris meeting

States and private charities will commit to more than $500 million to boost research into the novel coronavirus at the Paris Peace Forum, organizers of the event said on Thursday.The forum, an annual meeting of heads of state and government with civil society organizations and charitable foundatio

France Calls for 'New Relationship' between EU, US

The United States and the European Union need to develop a "new transatlantic relationship" after the US election, irrespective of who wins, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday. Le Drian warned that there "will be no going back to the previous situation, to the good old times

3 in Custody in France Following Nice Attack

A third person was taken into custody in France in connection with the knife attack which left three dead in Nice on Thursday, a police source said on Saturday. The arrest took place on Friday, the source added. An attacker beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the city of

Empty Sidewalks in Paris as France Enters Day One of Lockdown

The scenes in Paris resembled a regular lazy weekend morning — light traffic, a sprinkling of people on the sidewalks. But this was a Friday. What would normally have been a bustling weekday marked the start of a nationwide four-week government imposed lockdown in France to fight a resurgen

French Police Question Man over Contacts with Nice Killer

A 47-year-old man believed to have been in contact with the suspected knifeman who killed three people at a church in the French city of Nice has been detained for questioning, a judicial source said Friday. The man was detained late Thursday after the attack in Nice's Notre-Dame basilica by a 21

France: 3 Dead in Nice Knife Attack

France's national anti-terror prosecutors said Thursday they have opened a murder inquiry after a man killed three people with a knife near a basilica in central Nice and wounded several others. The city's mayor, Christian Estrosi, told journalists at the scene that the assailant was detained sho

French COVID Tracing App Needs More Downloads to Be Effective

France's new COVID-19 contact-tracing app needs to be downloaded by at least 20% of the population to be effective but is far from reaching that level for now, the minister for digital affairs said on Sunday. On Oct. 22, France relaunched its "StopCovid" tracing app and renamed it "Tous Anti-Covi

France Recalls Envoy to Turkey after Erdogan’s ‘Unacceptable’ Remarks about Macron

France on Saturday condemned as unacceptable comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan questioning the mental health of French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, adding Paris was recalling its envoy to Ankara for consultations. “President Erdogan’s comments are unacceptable. Excess

French police target extremist networks after teacher’s beheading

French police on Monday launched a series of raids targeting extremist networks three days after the beheading of a history teacher who had shown his pupils a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. The operation came a day after tens of thousands of people took part in rallies countrywide to honor hist

France: Health Minister's Home Searched in Virus Probe

French police searched the home of Health Minister Olivier Veran on Thursday as part of an inquiry into the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis, his office said. Veran is one of several current or former ministers being probed over their response to the pandemic following complaints b

France to Reimpose State of Emergency

President Emmanuel President Macron’s office says France will restore a state of health emergency that expired three months ago. The move is expected to start Saturday and will allow the government to enforce stricter measures in the future, either locally or nationally. Macron is ad

Police Arrest Man for Drawing Swastikas Near Louvre

Paris authorities on Sunday arrested a man suspected of spraying swastikas on columns near the world-famous Louvre museum in the city's historic center, prosecutors said. According to AFP, the red paint swastikas were spotted along the upscale Rue de Rivoli artery in central Paris early on Sunday

Dozens stage attack on police station in Paris suburb

About 40 unidentified people armed with metal bars and using fireworks as mortars tried to storm a French police station in the Paris suburbs on Saturday night, officials said on Sunday.“Violent attack last night on the police station of Champigny with mortar shots and various projectiles. N

France arrests 29 people over cryptocurrency financing of terror in Syria

French police arrested 29 individuals yesterday in a sting operation against an alleged network of financiers of extremist groups in Syria, in one of the largest such operations in the country. According to French counter-terror prosecutors, the network conducted its financing activities through

Knife attacks in Paris: 9 remain in custody

Nine people remain in police custody for last week’s stabbing attack at the former offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, franceinfo TV reported Sunday. Two people were seriously injured on Friday while taking a cigarette break when the assailant, wielding a meat cleaver, struck them o

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