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Policewoman injured by car 'not linked' to terror attacks

An apparently deliberate attack on a female officer in Paris on duty outside President Francois Hollande's residence is not thought to be linked to last week's attacks, French media have reported.

Two people have been arrested after a black Renault Clio reversed into the policewoman, who was standing guard at the Elysée Palace overnight, leaving her with minor injuries.

The car may have been travelling the wrong way along the road outside the Elysée Palace at the time Credit: Reuters

Two others, thought to have been passengers in the car, remain on the run.

BFM-TV reported that the car had been travelling the wrong way down the road at the time, and quoted a police source as saying it was likely to have been a "simple road accident" caused by the driver panicking when they realised they were travelling the wrong way.

There was "no connection" with the attacks of last week, it added.


Paris motorist 'deliberately injured policewoman'

A motorist deliberately drove at and injured a policewoman outside President Francois Hollande's residence in Paris last night, French media have reported.

President Francois Hollande's residence in Paris. Credit: Reuters

French broadcaster BFM TV said the car had been driving the wrong way along a one-way system and that two people had been arrested.

The incident comes as France remains on high security alert after a week of violence in the capital in which 17 people were killed.

It was unclear whether the incident was connected to those attacks, the report added.

France projects 'Happy New Year' onto Arc de Triomphe

French revellers thronged the Champs-Élysées in Paris to welcome in the new year with an understated light display at the Arc de Triomphe.

The words 'Happy New Year' were projected on the face of the monument in a number of world languages, before the monument erupted into a fireworks display.

A light display to mark the new year at the Arc de Triopmhe in Paris, France Credit: APTN
A light display at the Arc de Triomphe Credit: APTN
Fireworks erupt from the top of the monument Credit: APTN

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.

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