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Rallies held across France to support beheaded teacher Samuel Paty
Samuel Paty
Samuel Paty Credit: Samuel Paty (Reproduction Facebook)

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of France on Sunday in support of Samuel Paty, the teacher beheaded after showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils.

A protester carried a sign reading "zero tolerance to all enemies of the Republic", another "I am a professor. I'm thinking of you, Samuel."

Over Twitter, the hashtag #JeSuisSamuel was being used to express support for the late teacher.

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Murdered teacher had been target of threats

The French teacher who was brutally murdered in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine had been the target of threats prior to his death, France's anti-terrorism prosecutorJean-François Ricard said.

The suspect is an 18-year-old Chechen born refugee living in France. Before the attack, he had asked pupils to point out his victim.

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Macron says Paris beheading was an "Islamist terrorist attack"
Macron says Paris beheading was an "Islamist terrorist attack"
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French President Emmanuel Macron has publicly said the beheading of a teacher in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine was an "Islamist terrorist attack". Macron said the teacher, who has yet to be named, was killed because he "taught freedom of expression."

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A history and geography teacher beheaded near Paris

The victim had made a recent intervention in class about freedom of speech where he mentioned the Muhammad cartoons controversy, which pushed the National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor's Office to take over the investigation.

The assaillant has been shot by the police.

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Paris and other cities impose 9 pm curfew
Paris and other cities impose 9 pm curfew
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French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a curfew for Paris region and several other French cities. Under the curfew, people must be at home between 9 pm and 6 am. If curfew is broken, people will face a fine of €135. The curfew will last for up to four weeks, depending on Coronavirus cases.

Other cities include: Rouen, Lille, St Etienne, Lyon, Grenoble, Montpellier, Marseille and Toulouse

Climate & Environment
Study: Germany needs to stop CO2 emissions by 2035 to stay in line with Paris agreement
Study: Germany needs to stop CO2 emissions by 2035 to stay in line with Paris agreement
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A new study by the Wuppertal Institute gives an overview of what has to be done if Germany wants to stay within its 1.5°C CO2-budget. The findings include the necessity to reach zero CO2 emissions by 2035 and to accelerate the expansion of renewable energies by a factor of at least 2.5.

More sector-specific findings can be read in the study. It was published today in a press conference together with activists of Fridays for Future, who had assigned the scientists with this study.

Rafael Nadal wins the French Open 2020
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal Credit: Roland Garros (Twitter Reproduction)

Rafael Nadal is the French Open 2020 champion after a 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic. The Spanish celebrated his 13th Roland Garros title.

Nadal also equalised Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam men's titles.

Rafael Nadal will play Novak Djokovic for the French Open 2020 title
Rafael Nadal will play Novak Djokovic for the French Open 2020 title
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Rafael Nadal is going for a record 13th French Open title after a 6-3 6-3 7-6 (7-0) victory against Diego Schwartzman in the semi-final. Nadal has only lost twice on Roland Garros in his career.

The Spanish will play top seed Novak Djokovic, that has beaten Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-2 5-7 4-6 6-1.

Sunday's match will be the 56th between the two players, the ninth on a Grand Slam final.

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France decides to return art treasures to Benin and Senegal
Statue of King Béhanzin
Statue of King Béhanzin Credit: Ji-Elle (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The French National Assembly has approved a restitution law for the return of art treasures. France now plans to return 26 statues and other works of art from the so-called treasure of Béhanzin to Benin. The treasures were previously on display at the Paris Museum of Non-European Art. Furthermore, a sabre will be returned to Senegal, which was previously on display in the Paris Army Museum.

Iga Swiatek wins the French Open 2020
Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek Credit: Twitter Reproduction

Iga Swiatek became the first Grand Slam singles champion from Poland, after a 6-4, 6-1 over Sofia Kenin on Roland Garros. Swiatek did not drop a set during the tournament,

The 19-year-old player is the youngest champion since 1992, and at 54 in the world, she is also the lowest-ranked woman to win the French Open.

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Bars and restaurants to be shut in four more cities in France
Lyon Restaurants
Lyon Restaurants Credit: Pedro Szekely (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

After Marseille and Paris, the cities of Lyon, Lille, Grenoble and Saint-Etienne will close their bars and restaurants from Saturday.

The maximum-alert level in the country comes into effect when infection rates in a locality exceed 250 cases per 100,000 people, and at least 30% of intensive care beds are reserved for Covid-19 patients.

The French government announced the measures as the country had a near-record of 18,129 new cases in a day.

Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek will play Saturday for the French Open 2020 title
Sofia Kenin
Sofia Kenin Credit: Twitter Reproduction

The French Open women's final will be contested between the Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin and Polish teenager Iga Swiatek. The game will be played Saturday.

Swiatek needed only 70 minutes to beat Nadia Podoroska 6-2, 6-1 to reach her first major final, and to be the first Polish woman to reach a Roland Garros final since 1939.

The American Sofia Kenin overcame the two-time Roland Garros winner Petra Kvitova with 6-4, 7-5.

Paris: Alert set to maximum after surge in Coronavirus cases, bars will close from Tuesday on
Paris: Alert set to maximum after surge in Coronavirus cases, bars will close from Tuesday on
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The French government has raised the Coronavirus alert of Paris to maximum after a period of a high number of infections. As a result, bars, gyms and swimmings pools with close from Tuesday for at least two weeks. Restaurants can remain open with strict hygiene rules.

Police chief Didier Lallement said that braking measures were needed "because the epidemic is moving too fast" and to "slow it down so that our health system is not overwhelmed."

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The Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada has died after contracting Covid-19
Kenzo Takada
Kenzo Takada Credit: michell zappa (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, creator of the clothing and perfume brand "Kenzo", died Sunday, aged 81, a victim of the Covid-19. The information was announced by his spokesman.

First Japanese stylist to be successful in Paris, where he developed his entire career and made his name famous, he died at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

Kenzo was famous not only for his clothes but went on to create a global brand of perfume and skin products. At the time of his death, he was acting honorary president of the Asian Couture Federation.

Business • Economy
Disney to lay off 28,000 employees as Covid-19 affects its theme park business
Disney to lay off 28,000 employees as Covid-19 affects its theme park business
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In a memo sent to employees on Tuesday, Disney announced it would lay off 28,000 employees across its parks, experiences and consumer products segment. Around 67% of the laid-off workers were part-time employees.

The company blamed prolonged closures and capacity limits at open parks for the layoffs. While Disney's theme parks in Florida, Paris, Shanghai, Japan and Hong Kong have been able to reopen with limited capacity, both California theme parks have remained shuttered.

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Paris: 4 wounded in knife attack near ex-Charlie Hebdo site

Four people were wounded in a knife attack Friday near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and two assailants are on the run, police said.

European Court of Justices allows EU countries to restrict short-term rentals via platforms such as Airbnb
European Court of Justices allows EU countries to restrict short-term rentals via platforms such as Airbnb
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The highest EU judges confirmed a French regulation according to which the short-term letting of apartments in large cities with more than 200,000 inhabitants and near Paris requires a permit. This would not violate the EU Services Directive, provided there were compelling reasons in the general interest. And the fight against the housing shortage is such a compelling reason.

Tadej Pogacar seals Tour de France to become the youngest winner since 1904
Tadej Pogacar (on the right)
Tadej Pogacar (on the right) Credit: A.S.O./Alex Broadway

The Slovenian Tadej Pogacar won the 2020 Tour de France after he retained the overall leader's yellow jersey in the 21st stage won by Sam Bennett. The 21-year-old cyclist is the youngest man to win the race since Henri Cornet in 1904.

Pogacar, who will turn 22 on Monday, became the first to claim three of the event's simultaneous competitions in the same year: the yellow jersey for the general classification, the polka dot one as the race's top climber, and the white jersey awarded to the Tour's best young rider.

Norwegian police arrests suspect in 1982 attack on Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Paris
Restaurant Jo Goldenberg in 2005
Restaurant Jo Goldenberg in 2005 Credit: David Monniaux

The Norwegian police have arrested a man suspected to take part on the August 1982 attack on the Jo Goldenberg restaurant in Paris. The attack killed six people and wounded more than 20 others.

The man immigrated to Norwegian in the 1990s and is accused of being a former member of the Abu Nidal Organization. In 2015 French authorities issued an arrest warrant against him, but Norway denied the extradition request on the grounds the country would not extradite its citizens.

As Norway recently adopted new pan-European regulations on arrests, French prosecutors decided to request the extradition for a second time. A legal process will determine if formal grounds for extradition have been met, and if he is tried, any judgment will be by a French court.

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Emmanuel Macron refuses to condemn Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Prophet Mohammad
Emmanuel Macron in 2017 - adaption: Added background and blur
Emmanuel Macron in 2017 - adaption: Added background and blur Credit: Presidencia de la República Mexicana (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The president defended citizens' right to freedom of speech. His remarks came as the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the target of a massacre by gunmen in 2015, said it was republishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday it was not his place to pass judgment on the decision by Charlie Hebdo to publish a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad.