A train carrying hundreds of passengers has derailed and crashed into a station outside Paris, killing at least six people.
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In a bid to cut pollution in Paris, the mayor of the capital has proposed to ban all vehicles that were made before 1997.
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Gunmen raided a luxury jewellers and stole £675,000 worth of watches in Paris, BBC News reported citing local media.
It was reported that the thieves were brandishing handguns and threatened employees at a boutique near the affluent Place Vendome.
Parisian Police have revealed what they know about the man suspected of shooting an employee of a French newspaper.
Abdelhakim Dekaar, who has lived in Britain, had been in jail for a previous gun related crime. Europe correspondent Emma Murphy reports.
Abdelhakim Dekhar, 48, remains in custody in Paris hospital after police detained him on Wednesday night.
Here is what we know about him:
- Of Algerian origin
- Enlisted in the Algerian army at the age of 17, Le Figaro reports
- Affiliated with anarchist far-left in the 90s, known as “Toumi’ among his peers
- Sentenced in 1998 for his links to a murder spree in France
- Lived abroad, including in London, after his release in 1999
- Detained on Wednesday, heavily medicated
- Believed to have attempted to take his own life
- Left notes criticising capitalism and the violence in Libya and Syria
The suspect in a shooting at a leading French newspaper office had lived in Britain for several years before returning to France in July, according to the Associated Press.
Abdelhakim Dekhar remains in custody in a suburban Paris hospital after police detained him on Wednesday night, the Paris prosecutor said.
Prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters that the witness who turned Dekhar in said he had been staying with him and that they had met while working in a restaurant together in London 13 years ago.
A man suspected of shooting an employee of a French newspaper and firing a shotgun at the headquarters of a major bank was arrested overnight and left letters in his car, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls said today. Valls told French radio RTL:
It seems that there were one or several letters, but I can't be more precise at this stage, it is for the justice to communicate on this, the investigation is under the authority of the Paris prosecutor and it is the French justice which will give us those elements so that we can understand what happened but also know the motivations of this individual.
Abdelhakim Dekhar, the man arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of carrying out recent shootings in Paris, appeared heavily medicated when he was detained, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls told reporters today.
"Everything seems to show that indeed, he tried to commit suicide. However, he did not kill himself, which is very important so that we can find out all the facts, the truth about his motivations which we obviously don't know yet," Valls said.
Abdelhakim Dekhar, the man arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of carrying out recent shootings in Paris, was convicted in 1998 for his links to a "Bonnie-and-Cyde" style murder spree in France.
He was convicted of buying a gun used in the 1994 shooting attacks by student Florence Rey and her lover Audry Maupin, in which three policemen and a taxi driver were killed.
French authorities have named a man arrested in connection with carrying out gun attacks in Paris earlier this week as Abdelhakim Dekhar.
The man was held in a car park in the suburb of Bois-Colombes.
Authorities said that Dekhar was jailed in 1998 after being involved in several fatal shootings in the same city, in 1994.