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Six dead after school minibus crashes into truck in France

Six children have died after a school minibus crashed in to a truck in Rochefort, south-west France.

Local authorities in Charente-Maritime confirmed the news on Twitter, adding two people required urgent medical attention and nine others were being supported following the incident.

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls spoke of "pain and compassion" after the crash "took six young lives", appearing to suggest that all the victims were students.

Alain Vidalies, French secretary of state for transport, also expressed "terror and great sadness" at the news.

Segolene Royal, Ecology Minister said the government "fully supports the families of victims" in the accident, adding that work was starting on the site.


Stricken cargo ship may hit French coast

A final attempt will be made on Monday to stop a stricken cargo ship from running aground in south-west France.

The extreme incline of the ship has made salvage efforts difficult. Credit: EBU

The 164-metre-long Modern Express, which was transporting 3,600 tonnes of wood from Gabon to France, has been drifting towards the coast since its crew was evacuated by helicopter last week.

The ship got into trouble when its cargo shifted to one side in rough seas, officials believe.

It is likely to hit the French shore some time between Monday evening and Tuesday evening unless a last salvage effort on Monday is successful, experts told reporters on Sunday.


Disneyland arrest: Suspect had guns due to 'safety fears'

Police and security at the New York Hotel where the man was arrested. Credit: Reuters

A man arrested carrying two handguns at Disneyland Paris told police he had the weapons because he feared for his safety, a source told the AFP news agency.

The source also said initial investigations did not suggest the incident was linked to terrorism.

Papers found on the suspect suggested he lived in Paris.

Police are continuing to search for his girlfriend.

Man held at Disneyland Paris 'had guns in his luggage'

The 28-year-old man arrested with handguns at a hotel in Disneyland Paris was carrying the weapons in his luggage, a spokesman for the amusement park said.

Police at the New York Hotel at Disneyland Paris this evening Credit: APTN

During a routine security screening checkpoint at one of our hotels, weapons were discovered in a guest's luggage through our X-ray machine.

The police were immediately notified and the individual was arrested.

We continue to work closely with the authorities, and the safety and security of our guests and cast members is our utmost priority.

– Francois Banon, a spokesman for Disneyland Paris

Woman held after man is stopped with guns at Disneyland Paris

A woman has been held at Disneyland Paris soon after police arrested a man with two handguns in one of the amusement park's hotels, a French police official has said.

Credit: Reuters

The woman is believed to be the partner of the 28-year-old man, who was reportedly carrying a copy of the Koran when he was arrested at the New York Hotel this afternoon.

She is said to have fled after the man was stopped by security staff when his bag passed through an X-ray machine at the hotel

The official said the woman didn't appear to be armed and the police are not looking for other suspects.

France is under a state of emergency after Islamic extremist attacks in Paris in November killed 130 people.

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