DEBRIS littered Paris city centre this morning after a powerful blast caused multiple casualties. Here's what we know about the horrifying explosion and the latest death toll. When and where did the blast happen? A Parisian bakery went up in flames as a dramatic blast caused a number of casualties. Firefighters could be seen pulling people from the burning building in the 9th district of the French capital after the blast at around 9am local time on January 12, 2019. Were any victims injured and what's the current death toll? France's interior minister announced at 1pm local time that four people had died in the explosion. Two of those who lost their lives were firefighters who had raced to the scene to rescue those impacted by the blaze. Earlier, a Paris fire department spokesman said 36 people were injured, 12 of whom were said to be in a critical condition. What was the cause of the explosion? It is understood the blast was caused by a gas leak at The Hubert bakery in Rue de … [Read more...] about Paris explosion – How did the bakery blast happen, how many victims were injured and what’s the current death toll?
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FRENCH cops have admitted they "can't cope" with the worst riots in Paris for 50 years and are begging President Macron for help with the "violence of unprecedented gravity". The Arc de Triomphe was among hundreds of buildings attacked by "Yellow Vest" fuel price protesters at the weekend — who said their actions were "the start of a revolution". Yves Lefebvre, a member of the Unité SGP police union, told France Info radio that the security forces officers were exhausted. He said: "The (officers) don’t want to remain as the last rampart against insurrection. We can’t take it - I call on the president to face up to his responsibilities." Right-wing thugs and masked anarchists, some throwing hammers and steel bolts, have joined the carnage in protest to the government's economic policies. French leader Emmanuel Macron summoned his senior ministers and policy chiefs to an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss how to deal with the carnage. Michel Delpuech, … [Read more...] about French cops admit ‘we can’t cope’ as they beg under-fire Macron for help after ‘worst Paris riots in 50 years’
Paris -- A fire in a western Paris apartment building early Tuesday killed at least seven people and sent residents fleeing to the roof or climbing out their windows to escape, authorities said. The cause of the blaze that also injured at least 28 people was unclear. Firefighters were still searching the eight-story structure for other victims and working to extinguish the blaze, according to spokesman Clement Cognon of the city fire service."The situation was already dramatic when the firefighters arrived," Cognon said. Firefighters rescued about two dozen people who had fled to the roof or climbed out windows to escape the flames, and evacuated others from inside.The building is less than a mile from the Roland Garros stadium that hosts the French Open tennis tournament, and close to the popular Bois de Boulogne park on the city's western edge. It's on Rue Erlanger in the 16th arrondissement, or district, one of the most high-end and calmest districts of Paris.More than 200 … [Read more...] about Several dead in apartment building fire in tony section of Paris
According to reports, at least five people were critically injured in the explosion, which smashed windows in surrounding buildings and damaged a number of parked cars. A fire broke out after the blast at around 9am, which occurred at a bakery (boulangerie) on Rue de Trévise in the busy 9th arrondissement of the city. Around 200 firefighters were mobilised to battle the fire and rescue residents in neighbouring buildings, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters at the scene. Images posted on Twitter showed debris covering the street and the lower part of the building blown out and on fire. Police closed off streets in front of Opera theatre as emergency services landed two helicopters in the street, apparently to evacuate victims. "The toll appears to be high, and severe," Castaner said, adding that 100 police officers were blocking off several streets in the area, home to restaurants and tourist attractions like the … [Read more...] about Huge blast at Paris bakery leaves 12 seriously injured
By Jack Hunter PARIS (Reuters) - For decades the artists of Montmartre have dazzled sightseers with their rapidly delivered portraits, paintings of Parisian scenes and cartoonish caricatures. But now the painters are threatening to fold up their easels and relocate elsewhere in the French capital, accusing restaurateurs of encroaching on their space. "It's very difficult to paint now – it's almost impossible," said painter Midani M’Barki, 70. "We are now working in the gutter. Is it normal for artists to be put in the gutter?" The street painters - who have included Franco-Dutch artist Kees van Dongen and Spaniard Pablo Picasso - have been a centrepoint of the neighbourhood since the late 19th century. About 300 artists share some 140 1 metre squared plots in the Place du Tertre, perched high above Paris in the shadow of the Sacre Coeur. But in recent years they have felt squeezed by bistro and cafe terraces, and the coach-loads of tourists that pour into the square … [Read more...] about Paris painters threaten to fold up easels over creeping cafes