Thousands evacuated, two dead, as France declares flood emergency

Paris/Longjumeau, France: Torrential rain forced thousands of people from their homes south of Paris while the River Seine surged to its highest level for over 30 years in the French capital, shutting down the famed Louvre and Orsay museums and a metro line. In Evry-Gregy-sur-Yerre, south of Paris, a man on horseback drowned yesterday, the prefecture said in a statement. A premier newspaper said the 74-year-old had been trying to cross a flooded field. The horse survived with minor injuries. He was the second victim of the torrential rains thatRead More

UN approves resolution urging action against Islamic State

United Nations: The UN Security Council unanimously approved a French-sponsored resolution calling on all nations to redouble and coordinate action to prevent further attacks by Islamic State terrorists and other extremist groups. The resolution says the Islamic State group ‘constitutes a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security’ and expresses the council’s determination ‘to combat by all means this unprecedented threat’. The measure is the 14th terrorism-related resolution adopted yesterday by the UN’s most powerful body since 1999. It was adopted a week after violent extremists launched aRead More

Exchange of gunfire in North Paris during anti-terror police operations: Sources

Paris: Exchange of gunfire broke out in a northern suburb of Paris during anti-terrorist police operations, sources said today, five days after the worst attacks in French history killed 129 people in the capital. There was an exchange of gunfire during the operations in Saint-Denis, according to a source close to the investigation, who could not confirm who was targeted in the operations. Another source said a special armed response unit took part in the raid. Firemen said one person was lightly injured. Europe is on high alert with atRead More

Eiffel Tower closed following terror threat

Paris: The Eiffel Tower was shut to all visitors on Sunday after three “terrorist suspects” with “large rucksacks” were seen ascending France’s most popular tourist attraction. Anti-terrorist police supported by a helicopter could be seen at the iconic landmark following the alarm being raised in the early hours. But after a search which went on all morning it was thought they escaped via parachute — prompting a theory that they had been extreme sportsmen all along. “There were reports of three people climbing the tower from the outside from aboutRead More

India calls for political consensus on phasing down HFCs

Paris: India on Friday called for a “political consensus” on phasing down climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons and asked the UN to convene a special session of the Montreal Protocol to address concerns of developing nations amid efforts by US-led developed nations to push for a global treaty on HFCs. Showing flexibility in its approach to the issue of phasing down of HFCs at the UN conference on Montreal Protocol here, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that nations should agree for an Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for phasing down of the greenhouseRead More

Rafal Nadal beat Djokovic to enter into French open final

PARIS: Rafa Nadal displayed the athleticism and self-belief that earned him seven French Open titles to tame world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4 3-6 6-1 6-7(3) 9-7 in a pulsating 4-1/2 hour Roland Garros semi-final on Friday. Nadal had stood two points from the final in the fourth set when he inexplicably let Djokovic off the hook by dropping serve at 6-5 up. Djokovic blitzed through the fourth set tiebreak 7-3 and then streaked into a 4-2 lead in the decider when Nadal’s fighting instincts kicked in to leave theRead More

Main contenders facing taint of scandals

PARIS: Both the main contenders of French presidential election are facing taint of scandal. while Sarkozy is accused of taking funds from former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime during presidential campaign in 2007. Hollande feels embarrassed when some of his senior figures attended an ally’s birthday party and found that disgraced former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn had also been invited. Sarkozy denied of taking any funds from former Libyan regime. “It’s despicable. It’s a forgery. Mediapart is well used to dishonesty. It’s an agency in the service of the left,”Read More

Suspects held in Paris suburb for France murders

PARIS: The French police believed that the four murders seemed to be the work of a serial killer. The police arrested two suspects. A motorbike has been seized by the police. One of the suspects, aged 33, was detained as he left his parents’ home in the Paris suburb of Ris-Orangis. The gunman fled on a motorbike each time, like in the Merah case. No motive has been determined for the latest shootings. The four victims are: 27 November: Laboratory assistant, 35, in Grigny 22 February: Man, 52, neighbor ofRead More

Kahn lawyers fight against prostitutes claim against him

PARIS: Henri Leclerc, lawyer for Dominique Strauss-Kahn ,told reporters that evidence against Strauss-Kahn was “hollow”. He predicted tha the case against him will collapse and a libertine lifestyle was not a crime.”We can criticize in terms of virtue, in terms of how a man should conduct himself,” the lawyer said. “But in reality, this is just unruly conduct. You can hate it, you may not find it virtuous — everyone is entitled to their own opinion — but it is not a crime.”Frederique Beaulieu, another lawyer for Kahn, said Tuesday:Read More

French army attacks and Toulouse shooting has a link

PARIS: French police is scouring southern west France in one of biggest man hunt to found out the gunman who shot dead 4 peoples at Jewish school in Toulouse on Tuesday. More than 100 police officers were dispatched to found out the gunman who is also believed to be the prime suspect in two other incidents which includes killing of soldiers in Toulouse and the nearby town of Montauban, to the north. President Sarkozy described the attacks as national tragedy. Guards are to be posted outside all faith-based schools, asRead More