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Paris bridge railing buckles under weight of 'love-locks'

A bridge in Paris was evacuated yesterday after a part of the railing collapsed under the weight of thousands of 'love-locks'.

Since 2008, lovers have been securing padlocks to the Pont des Arts bridge and throwing the keys into the Seine River to declare their love for one another.

A 'love-lock' pictured on the Pont des Arts bridge, Paris. Credit: Wyters Alban/ABACA/PA

No injures were reported, but a debate as to whether thousands of padlocks that cover the length of the bridge should be removed, has again been raised in an online petition.

Queen's Royal engagements abroad 'far from over'

Speculation that the three day visit to France may be the Queen's last overseas trip, could prove to be just rumours, as Royal officials have stated that she will travel again next year.

ITV News Royal correspondent Tim Ewart reports from Paris:

Later this month the Queen, now 88, visits Northern Ireland suggesting she is not ready to hand over her overseas duties to her successor just yet.

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Queen has Parisian flower market named in her honour

The Queen received a special accolade from the people of Paris today, after a flower market in the city was renamed in her honour.

The market famed for its blooms is very close to Notre Dame Cathedral and will be known as Marche aux Fleurs - Reine Elizabeth II.

The tribute comes on the last day of the Queen's three-day state visit to France with the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen visited the flower garden with the Duke as well as the French president, Franciois Hollande.

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Queen and Holland tour flower market in Paris


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Queen visits flower market to be renamed in her honour


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The Queen has visited the Marché aux fleurs in Paris which is due to be renamed Marché aux fleurs Reine Elizabeth II, in her honour.

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The Queen to have Paris market named after her

The Queen is to have her very own flower market named after her in Paris in a rare gesture by the French.

The "special honour" offered to Her Majesty by the people of the French capital, will see a market close to Notre Dame Cathedral re-named Marche aux Fleurs - Reine Elizabeth II.

The Queen pictured walking through spring blossoms earlier this year. She is to have a flower market named after her in Paris.
The Queen pictured walking through spring blossoms earlier this year. She is to have a flower market named after her in Paris. Credit: Reuters

A French embassy spokesman said: "This is a special honour from the people of Paris as it is very rare in France to name places after prominent figures during their lifetime."

The Queen starts an official three-day visit across the Channel tomorrow during which the market will be formally re-named.

Her trip to meet President Francois Hollande, will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Normandy landings.

Read more: D-Day veterans prepare for 70th anniversary


French town turns out to honour D-Day veterans

Residents in the Normandy town of Thury-Harcourt turned out this morning to pay tribute to veterans of the D-Day landing.

British veterans brave the wet weather in Thury-Harcourt. Credit: ITV News/Nicky Russell Smith

Local children sang God Save the Queen to the British veterans in the town, which was liberated from Nazi control following the Allied operation 70 years ago.

A group of French children sang God Save the Queen to the British veterans. Credit: ITV News/Nicky Russell-Smith

Later today the veterans will travel to a ceremony at Sword Beach, scene of some of D-Day's fiercest fighting.

British veteran Bob Laverty (left) stands alongside the mayor of Thury-Harcourt, Paul Chandelier, for a wreath-laying ceremony. Credit: ITV News/Nicky Russell-Smith

Bob Laverty, who was among the 59th Staffordshire soldiers who liberated the town, told ITV News that when they arrived the area was "blitzed, there was nothing here".

A British flag flies alongside a memorial in the town. Credit: ITV News/Nicky Russell-Smith

Calais migrant workers 'reluctant to leave' camp

Travelling thousands of miles across countless borders and checkpoints, many migrant workers in the Calais immigration centre have said they have a better chance of work in the UK, than elsewhere in Europe.

Yet despite entry denials, the migrants are reluctant to leave and are now seeing their camps dismantled by riot police.

ITV News' International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar reports:

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Charity 'furious' at 'reckless' Calais camp clearings

Medical charity Doctors of the World (Médecins du Monde) has criticised the clearing and evicting of hundreds of refugees, mainly from Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea, from their makeshift camps in Calais.

Read: Bulldozers begin clearing refugee camp in Calais

The charity says evicting the vulnerable migrants could have serious health consequences for both evicted migrants and the wider community. UK Director Leigh Daynes said:

We’re scandalised and furious at this reckless and ill-considered eviction.

Evictions will not reduce the number of migrants on the streets of Calais, but will disperse them, making them harder to assist, document or trace. This will further impinge on their basic right to healthcare and shelter.

International Programme manager Gareth Walker said the eviction risks spreading the scabies epidemic, not containing it.

Dispersing those in the camp will not only prevent those with scabies being treated but could cause it to spread to other communities and camps, significantly risking public health. Evicting people could also cause them to attempt higher risk strategies for getting to the UK – leading to more unnecessary deaths.

Migrants in Calais 'won't be arrested for the moment'

The majority of the migrants moved from the makeshift camps in Calais are sheltering temporarily in a food distribution centre, Jean-Francois Corty the director of medical aid group Doctors of the World told ITV News.


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Doctors of the World have been at the camp treating some of the migrants for scabies. Mr Francois Corty told ITV News:

"Last night we started to give some treatment for scabies, and a few migrants have caught it, and today the police came in riot gear to dismantle their shelter.

"They are confused about what is going on, they will not be arrested for the moment, we don't know what will happen after that, they are staying in the food distribution centre, for the moment."

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