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Flight to Wales makes emergency landing in Paris

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:

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Five released 'Arctic 30' Brits arrive in Paris

Greenpeace have told Political Correspondent Libby Wiener that the four British activists and one UK journalist allowed to leave Russia after being held over the protest in the Arctic have arrived in Paris.

Theatre director rams car into French president's palace

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. Credit: REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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.

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.

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