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Police arrested 85 ahead of Paris labour protest

French riot police stand next to a water canon vehicle during clashes last week Credit: Reuters

French police arrested 85 people before Thursday's protest march in Paris against proposed labour reforms - mainly for carrying objects that could be used as projectiles.

At least one of those arrested was on a list of around 100 people who had been barred from the march.

Place de la Bastille, where the march set off from Credit: Reuters

The protest set off from Place de la Bastille early Thursday afternoon under tight security after a previous march saw bloody clashes between police and protesters.

Two people close to police attacker held

Police man a roadblock at the scene in the Paris suburb of Magnanville. Credit: Reuters

Two people close to a man who killed two French police officers in a Paris suburb on Monday night have been held for questioning, a police source has said.

The source added that the attacker had been put under wiretaps recently without any results.

Killing of policeman and partner a 'terrorist attack'

France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve Credit: APTN

The killing of a policeman and his partner near Paris on Monday night was a "terrorist attack", a French government spokesman has said.

A man pledging allegiance to so-called Islamic State stabbed the police commander multiple times outside his home in Magnanville, before forcing his way inside and taking the woman and child hostage.

Islamic State's Amaq news agency said one of the group's fighters was responsible for the killing.


France flooding damage costs 'could hit over £1 billion'

The Seine river reached its highest level since 1982 on Friday night Credit: Reuters

Flooding that has wreaked havoc in parts of France could cost between £700 million and £1.1 billion, the French Insurance Association warned.

So far, hundreds of towns and villages have been hit by flooding across the country.

Four people were killed during the adverse weather that left areas inundated near the Seine and Loire rivers.

Paris's biggest museums, the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay, were even forced to close as the Seine climbed to 6.1 metres (20ft) on Friday night, its highest level since 1982.

Now the FIA has warned damage costs would spiral into the billions.

As of Monday, 14 departments remain on alert in parts of Normandy, Paris and the Loire, while 7,000 properties are still without power.

Soldiers stand guard outside biggest mosque in Paris

Soldiers stand guard outside the mosque. Credit: ITV News

French soldiers are standing guard outside the largest mosque in Paris following earlier reports of planned terror attacks in the country.

ITV News' Security Editor Rohit Kachroo said the Grand Mosque of Paris was not a target being investigated by the French.

He tweeted:

It comes after it was revealed a 25-year-old Frenchman was arrested last month on the Ukrainian-Polish border on suspicion of plotting mass attacks during Euro 2016.

Seine water levels decrease after Paris flooding peak

The swollen Seine burst its banks in Paris. Credit: Reuters

The water level of the Seine river in Paris is finally falling after it reached its peak overnight, the highest in 35 years.

Floods across France, Germany, and Belgium in recent days have seen at least 11 people killed, with thousands evacuated and many more left without power.

French authorities have warned that it could take 10 days for the river to return to its normal level after flooding swelled it to 15 feet (4.5m) above average in Paris.

More than 17,000 homes were still without electricity on Saturday in the Paris region and centre of France.

Authorities have also shut the Louvre museum, the national library, the Orsay museum and the Grand Palais, Paris' striking glass-and-steel topped exhibition centre.

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