Paris authorities throw crack users out of park following local protests
Authorities in Paris evicted hundreds of crack cocaine users from a city park after an experiment to give drug addicts use of the space ended following weeks of protests from irate locals. Residents of the northern 18th arrondissement, one of the poorest in Paris, have protested every week since May. Violence has been a problem, with locals setting off explosives and a two-year-old child hit by a drug user. In the early hours of Wednesday, police officers and city officials used teargas to thrownews.yahoo.com
Paris mayor pushes ahead with plan to give Champs-Élysées a $305 million green makeover
Paris — Mayor Anne Hidalgo has confirmed that ambitious plans to transform Paris' Champs-Élysées, the iconic avenue in the heart of the French capital, are still on the table. An artist's impression of the redesigned Arc de Triomphe, at the end of Paris' iconic Champs-Élysées avenue, prepared by architects PCA-Stream under commission by the Paris mayor's office. Even the gardens at the end, near the Place de la Concorde, look underused and uninviting. The Champs-Élysées Committee of local business leaders has been pushing for a revamp for several years. An artist's impression from architects PCA-Stream shows the plan to remake Paris' central Champs-Élysées avenue as a pedestrian friendly green space, with far less traffic than the current eight-lane layout.cbsnews.com
Paris city hall fined for hiring too many women under law aimed at fixing gender balance
Paris — Paris city hall has been fined 90,000 euros ($109,408) for having appointed too many women to top positions in 2018, in breach of a law aimed at ensuring gender balance. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo mocked the fine as "unfair" and "absurd" on Tuesday during a meeting of the city council. In 2018, 11 women and 5 men — who represent just over 30% — were appointed to top positions in the Paris city hall, leading the Civil Service Ministry to impose the fine. "The management of the city hall has, all of a sudden, become far too feminist." Montchalin vowed that the fine collected from Paris city hall – which still applies as the 2018 hiring was done before the law was changed – would be spent on "concrete actions" to improve gender parity in the country.cbsnews.com
Many world leaders express hope, relief after Biden win
A passer-by takes a selfie with an extra newspaper reporting on President-elect Joe Biden's win in the U.S. presidential election, in Tokyo Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. Other leaders who sent congratulations included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Prime Minister Janez Jansa was the only world leader who congratulated Trump even before all the votes were counted, and showed support after Biden’s win was announced. Many people, particularly in nations with turbulent politics, took Biden's win as improving the outlook for respect of democracy. In Egypt, where the government is cracking down on dissent, pro-democracy activists welcomed Biden’s win.
The world reacts as Joe Biden becomes U.S. president-elect
Much of the world Saturday welcomed the election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States after several suspenseful days of vote counting. Dozens of world leaders rushed to congratulate Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, not bothering to wait for President Trump to concede. “I am looking forward to working with President Biden in the future. As supportive of Trump as they may have been, it is in their strategic interest to be cordial to Biden. Many Chinese supporters of Trump are suspicious of Biden because of rumors that he is friendlier with China’s Communist Party, Qi said.latimes.com
Paris put on 'maximum alert' as more Covid-19 restrictions are imposed
The French capital has seen a surge in Covid-19 cases and was recently designated a "red zone," which imposes set of restrictions on public gatherings and the sale of alcohol. LONDON — Paris and its surrounding suburbs have been put on "maximum alert" Monday as coronavirus cases surge in the city. Outlining specific measures on Monday, Paris' police chief Didier Lallement said that from Tuesday, all bars will not be allowed to open. Speaking alongside the police chief Monday, Paris' Mayor Anne Hidalgo said "we will be vigilant to get out of this situation." Paris has been placed on maximum alert as the Covid-19 incidence rate has exceeded 250 infections per 100,000 among the general public.cnbc.com
Suspect claims prophet caricatures prompted Paris stabbings
From the left, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, anti-terrorism state prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard , and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin answer reporters after a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Friday Sept. 25, 2020 in Paris. French terrorism authorities are investigating a stabbing of two people outside the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and two suspects have been arrested, authorities said. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)PARIS – The chief suspect in a double stabbing in Paris told investigators he acted out of anger over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad recently republished by the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, France's counterterrorism prosecutor said Tuesday. The two brothers involved in the 2015 attack targeted Charlie Hebdo because they believed the newspaper blasphemed Islam by publishing the same Muhammad caricatures. Charlie Hebdo lost 12 employees in an al-Qaida attack in 2015 by French-born extremists who had criticized the prophet cartoons.