Air France says strike disruptions to hit flights on February 22

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Air France on Wednesday said it would only carry out three in four planned flights on Thursday and warned of travel delays and disruptions after worker unions called a strike over pay.Only half of the long-haul flights leaving Paris on Thursday would be going ahead, according to the airline’s forecast, which said it would cover 75 percent of middle distance flights to and from the city’s Charles de Gaulle airport.Disruptions to short flights would be less onerous, though the airline ...

Medical report shows Tariq Ramadan’s health compatible with his continued detention

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Muslim academic and rape-accused Tariq Ramadan will remain in custody following the emergence of new details related to the charges against him, according to Agence France-Presse.A medical report ordered by the court on Monday to examine his appeal against his detention found that Ramadan's state of health was compatible with his continued detention.Ramadan has been indicted with rape on February 2 and has since been imprisoned at the Fleury-Mérogis prison, south of Paris.His lawyers have ...

Rape-accused Tariq Ramadan’s lawyers request release, claim health reasons

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Rape-accused Tariq Ramadan's lawyers have claimed that the Swiss Islamist scholar was suffering from multiple sclerosis and have therefore requested his release under bail. But an appeals court in Paris which was examining his appeal against his detention on remand ordered an independent medical report on his health situation. The court refused as well to issue him a special visit permit, according to French outlets quoting his lawyers, outside what the law grants him with in regards to his ...

UAE embassy in Paris issues warnings to citizens, Eiffel Tower forced to close

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The UAE’s embassy in Paris has issued a warning on Wednesday alerting citizens in the country to take all necessary procedures against the icy weather conditions that have greeted the French capital. The embassy cautioned UAE travelers to Paris in light of unstable weather conditions. It also urged citizens to keep an eye out for updates and instructions from concerned parties. The embassy’s announcement comes after heavy snowfall caused major travel disruptions in the northern half ...

Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam refuses to reappear in court

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect in the November 2015 attacks on Paris, is refusing to re-appear in a trial that victims had hoped would shed light on the ISIS network that struck again in Brussels. Abdeslam appeared on Monday, defying the court and refusing to answer any questions about the March 2015 shootout with police in Brussels that led to his capture. It was his first public appearance. But the Brussels court said Tuesday that Abdeslam didn’t wish to appear at the next ...

Graphic testimony in Paris court by Tariq Ramadan’s second victim

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Three judges are tasked with the complex case investigation of the charges against Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan after his indictment on Friday when he was charged with rape. Ramadan, who while in police custody was confronted by one of the women who he is alleged to have sexually attacked and physically tortured and humiliated, had asked his defense to discuss with the judge the possibility of relieving him from pre-trial detention, which the prosecution had asked for. This judicial decision ...

Rape-accused Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan detained in Paris

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Rape-accused Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan has been detained in Paris, on Wednesday, reported AFP. A complaint was filed in France against the Islamist philosopher and theologian Tariq Ramadan, October 2017, 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", ...

Paris braces for floods as swollen Seine inches higher

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Paris was on high alert Saturday as the swollen Seine continued to creep higher, with forecasters warning the river could stay high throughout next week, especially if more rain is dumped on France. Leaks started to appear in some basements Friday, while some residents on the city's outskirts were forced to travel by boat through waterlogged streets. The Louvre, Musee d'Orsay and Orangerie museums are on high alert, with the lower level of the Louvre's Islamic arts wing closed to visitors. A ...

Three baboons on the loose at Paris zoo, 50 escaped

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Three baboons are still on the loose after around 50 escaped from their enclosure in Paris's main zoo on Friday, forcing wardens to evacuate visitors while order was restored, the zoo said.All the primates have been returned to their pens with the exception of "an elderly female, a young female and a baby", said Sophie Ferreira-Le Morvan, the deputy head of the National Museum of Natural History.They remain in the area of the "grand rocher", a landmark central mountain ...

French lawmakers vote for ‘right to make mistakes’

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

French lawmakers have voted for a flagship article in a new law which will give citizens the “right to make mistakes” in dealings with the government without being automatically punished.The article, which was adopted by a show of hands Tuesday night in the National Assembly, is the “cornerstone” of a law for “a state in the service of a trustworthy society”, according to the government.The law is part of reforms President Emmanuel Macron touted during his ...

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