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Theatre director rams car into French president's palace

The Elysee Palace, the official residence of the French President.
The Elysee Palace, the official residence of the French President. Credit: REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

An Italian theatre director who was unhappy with the French government's funding cuts to the arts has rammed a car into the rear gates of the French presidential palace.

State officials said the 67-year-old man was arrested as he attempted to force his way through the gate that leads to the palace gardens.

The man was protesting against cuts in subsidies to his small Parisian theatre, the Italian Comedy, a police source said.

The man was injured in the collision and is being held in custody at a Parisian hospital, the source said.

Paris lights up in memory of Nelson Mandela

The face of late South African president Nelson Mandela has been projected on the facade of Paris City Hall as France mourns his passing.

The face of Nelson Mandela is projected on the facade of Paris City Hall.
The face of Nelson Mandela is projected on the facade of Paris City Hall. Credit: REUTERS/Charles Platiau
The French flag flies at at half mast in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace in Paris.
The French flag flies at at half mast in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace in Paris. Credit: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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What we know about the Paris shooting suspect

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

Paris suspected gunman 'lived in the UK'

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.

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Paris suspected gunman 'left notes in his car'

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.

Paris gunman 'attempted suicide' before arrest

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls (L). Credit: Reuters

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.

Paris suspect was linked to murder spree in 1990s

An image of the gunman suspected of carrying out the attacks.
An image of the gunman suspected of carrying out the attacks. Credit: REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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.

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