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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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Gunmen 'armed with Kalashnikovs fire at French police'

Hooded gunmen armed with Kalashnikov rifles fired on police in the French city of Marseille, where Prime Minister Manuel Valls was paying a visit on Monday, a police source told Reuters.

Elite police trooops are being sent to the scene, in the northern suburbs of the Mediterranean port city, after the shots, Reuters said.

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Talks to try for 'a peaceful settlement' in Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will meet Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko in Kiev today and Vladimir Putin in Moscow tomorrow to discuss how to stop the violence in eastern Ukraine.

Members of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic drive armoured vehicles in the Donetsk region. Credit: Reuters

"In view of the escalating violence in recent days, the chancellor and President Hollande are intensifying their efforts, which have been going on for months, for a peaceful settlement to the conflict in eastern Ukraine," Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

Investigators at scene after attack on French soldiers

Police investigators are at the scene where French soldiers were attacked by a man with a knife.

Police investigators work outside the Jewish Community centre in Nice. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The attacker was detained but two people with him are believed to have fled after the stabbing in Nice's city centre.

The scene outside the Jewish community centre after three soldiers were attacked. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The attacker pulled a knife at least eight inches long out of a bag before setting upon the soldiers, a police official told the Associated Press.

Man detained after three soldiers attacked in Nice

The man who attacked three soldiers at a Jewish community centre in Nice has been detained, AFP reported.

None of the soldiers are believed to be seriously injured following the attack.

France has been on high alert since the Paris attacks hat left 20 people dead, including the gunmen.

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