A child and an elderly woman have died when a four-storey building in Paris collapsed after an explosion, French authorities said.
About 150 emergency workers were on hand with sniffer dogs trying to find six people unaccounted for, said the prefect of Saint-Seine-Denis, Philippe Galli.
Ten people, four of them seriously wounded, were pulled out of the rubble, he said.
Officials at the scene in the suburb of Rosny-Sous-Bois said the explosion appeared to have been caused by a gas leak.
Armed robbers brandishing automatic rifles ambushed the motorcade of a Saudi Arabian prince as it drove through Paris, snatching €250,000 and "sensitive" documents, media in France has reported citing French Police.
The theft took place in northern Paris late on Sunday night as the motorcade was making its way from the Saudi embassy to an airport in Le Bourget, said police, who confirmed there were no injuries.
"It's quite an unusual attack. They were obviously well-informed. It's true that it's quite a rare way of operating," the police source told Agence France Presse.
Parisiennes are hoping to persuade couples to end the recent unwelcome recent tradition of fixing padlocks to the River Seine's ageing bridges by encouraging them to take a selfie instead.
With giant stickers in French, English and Spanish on the Pont de l'Archeveche, behind Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris began its #lovewithoutlocks campaign, saying the city's famed bridges "can't resist your love" - the padlocks clinging to every available surface.
The lovers' locks craze dates back only a decade or so, but the weight is pulling bridge railings down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 31st March marks the 125th anniversary of the completion of the Eiffel Tower.
Now the world's most visited paid-for tourist attraction, the tower was originally built as the centre-piece of the 1899 Exposition Universelle, a fair to mark the centenary of the French Revolution.
France's ruling Socialist party looks set to retain control of Paris as their candidate, Anne Hidalgo becomes the city's first female mayor.
President Francois Hollande's party is heading for a big defeat in local elections as the centre-right UMP claims victory. The far-right Front Nationale party of Marine Le Pen are also tipped to make several gains.
A minor consolation for President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists on a dreadful night in the French local elections is the anticipated victory in the Paris town hall for their candidate Anne Hidalgo, who will become the city's first female mayor.
ITV News Europe Editor James Mates has tweeted:
On a truly terrible night for Pres Hollande, it does look like the socialist Anne Hildago will be the 1st female mayor of Paris. #france
TV exit polls placed Ms Hidalgo on 54.5 per cent, which will see her retain control of the French capital's town hall for the Socialists.
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A plane en route to Wales has been forced to make an emergency landing in Paris.
The Flybe service, which was flying from Geneva to Cardiff, landed unexpectedly in France shortly before 4pm today.
According to passengers on the plane there were 67 people on board the low-cost airline's flight when it landed at Paris Orly International Airport.
Among them was Luke Broadley, who was returning to the UK from a skiing holiday, and tweeted about the incident.
Mr Broadley wrote:
He later tweeted: