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Barricades burn as new ‘yellow vest’ protests hit Paris

PARIS: French "yellow vest" demonstrators clashed with riot police in Paris on Saturday in the latest round of protests against President Emmanuel Macron, but the city appeared to be escaping the large-scale destruction of a week earlier due to heavy security. Protesters nonetheless set fire to cars, burned barricades and smashed windows in pockets of violence across the city centre, clad in their emblematic luminous safety jackets, as armoured vehicles rolled through the streets. Shouts of "Macron, resign" mingled with…

Paris on high alert as city shuts down for ‘yellow vest’ protests

Paris was on high alert Saturday with major security measures in place ahead of fresh "yellow vest" protests which authorities fear could turn violent for a second weekend in a row. Shops, museums, metro stations and the Tour Eiffel were due to close, while top-flight football matches and music shows were cancelled. The French capital experienced its worst riots in decades last weekend, in scenes that shook the country and plunged President Emmanuel Macron's government into its deepest crisis so far. France's…

‘State of insurrection’ as fuel tax riots engulf central Paris

PARIS: Rioters ran amok across central Paris on Saturday, torching cars and buildings, looting shops, smashing windows and clashing with police in the worst unrest in more than a decade, posing a dire challenge to Emmanuel Macron’s presidency. The authorities were caught off guard by the escalation in violence after two weeks of nationwide protests against fuel taxes and living costs, known as the “yellow vest” movement after fluorescent jackets kept in all vehicles in France. In Paris, police said they had arrested…

Paris hospital halts stool study after donor deluge

PARIS: A Paris hospital which made a public appeal for stool samples for a study on intestinal diseases said Friday it had suspended the project after being inundated by donors hoping for an easy 50 euros. "We had to cancel the call for donors and halt the study because it had gotten out of control," professor Harry Sokol, the gastroenterologist leading the study at the Saint-Antoine hospital, told AFP. Originally donors were sought via posters at the hospital and at medical schools, offering compensation of 50 euros…

Putin says had good conversation with Trump in Paris: media

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had a brief but good conversation with US leader Donald Trump at World War I centenary events in Paris, Russian media reported. When journalists asked Putin whether he managed to speak to Trump on Sunday, he said: "Yes," Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported. Asked how it went, Putin said: "Well." He did not provide further details, but the French presidency said the pair had a wide-ranging discussion during lunch after the commemoration. Host and French President…

Trump in Paris slams Macron’s ‘insulting’ EU army proposals

PARIS: US President Donald Trump set a combative tone for a World War I commemorative visit to Paris on Saturday when he blasted calls by French President Emmanuel Macron for a European army to defend against threats from powers including the US. No sooner had Trump touched down in Paris for a weekend of events to mark the end of WWI -- including a meeting with Macron -- than he fired off a tweet castigating his host over proposals to endow the EU with its own, joint army. "President Macron of France has just suggested…

Paris region to launch world’s biggest fleet of electric bicycles

PARIS: The Paris region plans to launch a large fleet of electric bicycles in a state-funded scheme aimed at getting commuters to cycle to work and reducing congestion and pollution. From September 2019, regional transport agency Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) will provide up to 10,000 e-bikes for long-term rental, with a view to expanding the scheme to 20,000, which would make it the world’s largest e-bike rental program. The aim of the “Veligo” service is to encourage bicycle commuting, which at the moment accounts…

French policeman found dead in Prime Minister’s garden

PARIS: A French police officer was found dead on Monday on the grounds of the prime minister's official residence in Paris in a death officials said was being treated as a suicide. The 45-year-old Garde Republicaine gendarme, part of the armed force's policing branch, was found next to his service weapon in the gardens of the Hotel de Matignon, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's office and residence. Philippe, who was on a visit to New Caledonia, a French overseas territory in the Pacific, was informed of the "tragic"…

International conference to promote adventure tourism in Pakistan concludes in Paris

ISLAMABAD: First international conference on the majestic mountains of Pakistan was successfully held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, said a press release received here on Friday. More than 500 enthusiasts of alpinism, adventure sports and tourism from many European countries including Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom attended the conference. Ambassadors of many countries, top ranking tour operators of France, notables of Pakistani community and media…

12 top Pakistan companies showcase products at Paris exhibition

ISLAMABAD: Twelve Pakistani textile companies showcased their products at the Texworld, the bi-annual International textile exhibition and received a positive response. The Ambassador of Pakistan to France Moin ul Haque visited the Pakistan Pavilion at the exhibition; from 17-20th September and appreciated the representatives of the various companies for showcasing a wide range of quality textile and leather products, a press release from Pakistan embassy in Paris said. The Ambassador noted with satisfaction that the…