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French farmers protest over wolf attacks

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French farmers drove a flock of around 250 sheep around Paris on Thursday to highlight the effect a growing wolf population is having on their flocks.

Previously hunted to extinction across most of Western Europe, wolves crossed the Alps from Italy into the French countryside in the 1990s as a European convention on the conservation of wildlife re-introduced packs back into the wild.

A file photo of wolves in the wild in south eastern France. Credit: Reuters

Now farmers are complaining that packs of the government-protected predators are attacking livestock.

There have been 4,800 attacks on sheep by wolves so far this year – 1,000 more than in 2013, according to official figures from the French Sheep Organization (FNO), AFP have reported.


Two people killed in Paris building explosion

A child and an elderly woman have died when a four-storey building in Paris collapsed after an explosion, French authorities said.

A building collapsed aftern an explosion in Rosny-Sous-Bois in Paris. Credit: Reuters

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.

A French firefighter rescue dog searches the rubble of the collapsed building. Credit: Reut

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 ambush Saudi prince in Paris

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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.

Paris hopes selfies will stop couples leaving lovelocks

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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.

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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.

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The lovers' locks craze dates back only a decade or so, but the weight is pulling bridge railings down.

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.


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. 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

Eiffel Tower 125 years old

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Credit: Reuters

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.

Anne Hidalgo becomes first female mayor of Paris

Anne Hidalgo (C), current Paris city deputy mayor and Socialist Party candidate in the mayoral election, celebrates. Credit: Reuters\Benoit Tessier

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.

Hidalgo set to become the first female Paris mayor

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:

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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