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Rafa Nadal reaches quarter-finals of Paris quest

Friday, 3 November 2017

Rafa Nadal continued his quest for a maiden Paris Masters title when he survived a second set blip to beat Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 and reach the quarter-finals on Thursday. The Spaniard, who made sure he will end the year as world number one by reaching the third round, had to dig deep to see off Cuevas and set up a meeting with Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic. “It’s been a long year. It’s been a very successful one. (I’m) ...

New ‘rape’ case filed against Islamist Tariq Ramadan

Saturday, 28 October 2017

A complaint was filed Friday in France against the Islamist philosopher and theologian Tariq Ramadan, for rape and sexual assault, following accusations of raping Salafist-turned secular liberal activist Henda Ayari. Three days after the opening of an investigation similar accusations against him, were filed on Friday, reported AFP. Ayari lawyer Eric Morain added that he has received other testimonials from women who are thinking of filing a complaint against the intellectual for harassment or ...

Paris: Islamist Tariq Ramadan investigated for rape and sexual aggression

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

A complaint was filed Friday in France against the Islamist philosopher and theologian Tariq Ramadan, for rape and sexual assault, following accusations of raping Salafist-turned secular liberal activist Henda Ayari. This complaint was filed with the public prosecutor's office in Rouen, north-west of France for "criminal acts of rape, sexual assault, violence, harassment, threats", according to AFP. Ramadan is the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood Hassan al-Banna and ...

French president inaugurates major Picasso exhibition

Monday, 9 October 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron has inaugurated a major Picasso exhibition in Paris, focusing on one key year in the Spanish master’s art and life. After visiting the show for an hour and a half with his wife Brigitte, Macron said he likes in Picasso’s paintings a “great sensuality” and at the same time a “political meaning” especially in the years leading up to World War II. The “Picasso 1932. Erotic Year” show displays many portraits of ...

Eiffel Tower goes dark for Las Vegas victims

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Eiffel Tower went dark on Monday night in tribute to the victims of the attacks in Las Vegas and Marseille.At least 59 people were killed and hundreds wounded Sunday when a gunman opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.Earlier Sunday, a man knifed two young women to death outside the main train station in Marseille, France’s second-biggest city.“Tonight we will turn off the Eiffel Tower from midnight in homage to the victims of ...

WATCH: Air France flight AF 066 suffers serious engine damage

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Air France said an engine on flight AF066 from Paris to Los Angeles had suffered “serious damage”, forcing it to divert to Canada. “Air France confirms that the crew of flight AF 066 operated by A380 from Paris-CDG to Los Angeles decided to divert to Goose Bay airport (Canada) following serious damage to one of its four engines,” it said in a statement on Saturday. The plane landed safely at 1542 GMT, it added.

Renoir stolen in brazen theft ahead of Paris auction

Saturday, 30 September 2017

A small painting by French impressionist Auguste Renoir was stolen from an auctioneers in a Paris suburb on Saturday, the day before it was due to be sold, police said.“Portrait d’une jeune fille blonde” (Portrait of a Young Girl with Blond Hair), estimated at 25,000-30,000 euros ($30,000-$35,000), was taken from an auction house in the western suburb of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, where it was on display prior to the sale.The thief apparently just took the oil painting off the wall ...

Cavani ‘rejects €1 million offer’ from PSG president as Neymar row continues

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Fans are still in agitation over the recent clash between Brazilian Neymar and his Uruguayan teammate Cavani over who got to take a penalty kick. Qatari Nasser Al-Khelaifi, head of the Paris Saint-Germain FC club, tried to resolve the outstanding dispute between Neymar and Cavani by offering one million euros to the latter in return for giving up the free kick. Cavani reportedly refused the money. Spanish newspaper El País revealed the details of what happened at a meeting between ...

Wealthiest woman in the world dies at age 94

Friday, 22 September 2017

Regularly named France’s richest person and for years the wealthiest woman in the world thanks to her L’Oreal inheritance, Liliane Bettencourt lived her life surrounded by the scent of money, politics and more than a touch of scandal. The one-time society beauty died in Paris during Wednesday night at the age of 94, her daughter Francoise said in an email. While private to the last, she maintained close ties to three French presidents during her lifetime and was never ...

France: Acid attack on 4 US students not seen as terror act

Monday, 18 September 2017

Four American college students were attacked with acid Sunday at a train station in the French city of Marseille, but French authorities so far do not think extremist views motivated the 41-year-old woman who was arrested as the alleged assailant, the local prosecutor’s office and the students’ school said.Boston College, a private Jesuit university in Massachusetts, said in a statement Sunday that the four female students were treated for burns at a Marseille hospital after they ...

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