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Three journalists arrested for flying drone over Paris

Three journalists have been arrested for illegally flying a drone over Paris, according to the city's prosecutors' office.

In a statement, the office said three foreign nationals aged 70, 54 and 36 - all believed to work for Al-Jazeera - have been taken into custody after officers spotted the drone flying in the Bois de Boulogne woods in the western part of the city.

Flying drones without a licence is illegal in France and the trio could face a maximum of a year in prison or a 75,000 euro (£54,900) fine.

It comes after five drones were spotted flying over the city for two nights running.

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Drones spotted flying over Paris for a second night

An investigation has been launched after unauthorised drones were spotted flying over Paris for a second night in a row.

Five drones were seen last night in addition to the five spotted a night earlier, local media reported.

An investigation has been launched in the French capital after drones were spotted flying over sensitive locations for a second night in a row Credit: Reuters

Stephane Le Foll, a spokesman for the French government, said the drones were not a security risk and told a press conference: "There is nothing to worry about.

"Drone have been spotted and investigations launched .... We are mobilised on a matter which is, and should, be taken seriously."

Paris has remained on a state of high alert following last month's attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket by Islamist extremists.


France cancels six passports of 'Syria-bound' people

France has barred six people from leaving the country over fears they wanted to join extremists in Syria.

It the first such travel ban under a new law aimed at keeping French radicals from gaining experience of violence abroad.

France cancels six passports of 'Syria-bound' people Credit: Reuters

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve says some 40 others will face travel bans in the coming weeks. He did not name the six. The bans issued today are the first since a sweeping anti-terrorism law passed last year.

The government is especially worried since attacks in Paris last month killed 20 people, including three gunmen claiming ties to Islamic extremists in Syria and Yemen.

An Interior Ministry official says the passports and ID cards of the six have been declared invalid for six months, a measure that can be extended for up to two years.


Prosecutor calls for acquittal in Strauss-Kahn sex trial

A French prosecutor has asked a criminal court to acquit former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a pimping charge.

Strauss-Kahn, 65, faced charges in France of aggravated pimping and involvement in a prostitution ring operating out of luxury hotels.

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Credit: Douliery Olivier/ABACA/PA Images

Strauss-Kahn says he took part in "libertine" activities but insists he never knew the women involved were sex workers.

Strauss-Kahn consistently maintained that he had not organised the parties himself - both of which would have to be proved for a conviction.

French lock Pape set for disciplinary hearing

France lock Pascal Pape will face a disciplinary hearing after kneeing Jamie Heaslip in the back, which could see him miss the rest of the Six Nations.

Pape was sin-binned for kneeing Heaslip in a ruck in Ireland's 18-11 victory at the weekend.

Pascal Pape was only sin-binned during the game. Credit: PA

Referee Wayne Barnes ruled the action was intentional after video review, but declined to hand the 34-year-old a red card.

Independent citing commissioner Stefano Marrama from Italy has deemed the incident worthy of further investigation however, and Pape will appear before a disciplinary commission later this week.

"Pascal Pape, second row forward for France, has been cited by the independent citing commissioner at the RBS 6 Nations match between Ireland and France in Dublin on Saturday, for the incident in the 52nd minute of the match for which the player received a yellow card," read a Six Nations statement.

Strauss-Kahn: Pimping claims exaggerated

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has taken the witness stand to testify about his alleged role in sex parties with prostitutes, saying the frequency of the evenings had been wildly exaggerated.

"When you read the criminal complaint you get the impression it was this frenetic activity," Strauss-Kahn told the court.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn pictured arriving for his trial. Credit: Reuters

"But it was four times a year, not more than that. It wasn't this out-of-control activity."

The 65-year-old former head of the International Monetary Fund is accused of instigating about a dozen parties he knew involved prostitutes between 2008-2011 in the northern French city of Lille, Washington, Brussels and Paris.

Topless protesters target Strauss-Kahn pimping trial

A topless protester is carried away by police in Lille. Credit: APTN

Feminist activists threw themselves on Dominique Strauss-Kahn's car in protest as the ex-IMF chief arrived at court to testify over his alleged role in sex parties with prostitutes.

The protesters' torsos bore the message: Credit: APTN

Several topless protesters from the FEMEN group wore slogans painted in black on their chests and torsos as they tried to climb onto the vehicle, before police pulled them away.

Several women attempted to attack Strauss-Kahn's car when it arrived. Credit: APTN

Strauss-Kahn, 65, is accused of instigating parties he knew involved prostitutes between 2008-2011 in the northern French city of Lille, Washington DC, Brussels and Paris.

Allegations that he participated in a French sex ring emerged after criminal charges that he sexually assaulted a hotel chambermaid maid in New York were dropped in 2011.

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