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Champs-Élysées in Paris will be turned into "extraordinary garden"
Champs-Élysées in Paris will be turned into "extraordinary garden"
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According to Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, the famous Champs-Élysées will undergo a transformation "an extraordinary garden". The plan for the 1.9 kilometers long area in central Paris had been unveiled in 2019 and has now gotten the green light. The costs are estimated to be around €250 million and include cutting space for vehicles by half, adding more space for pedestrians and planting trees and other greens.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Fashion designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98
Pierre Cardin
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Pierre Cardin, who during his more than seven decades in fashion brought geometric shapes to haute couture and put his name on everything from clothing to furniture to perfume to pens, died Tuesday, aged 98.

The Italian-born French designer died in a hospital in Neuilly in the west of Paris.

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Macron in video: "The virus can affect everyone"
Video still of Macron's video message
Video still of Macron's video message Credit: @EmmanuelMacron via Twitter

Emmanuel Macron published a video to Twitter where he talked about the state of his health.

"After experiencing first symptoms, I did the test and after being positive I immediately isolated myself as the health rules ask us to do," he explained and added that he had seen "seen many politicians, members of the government and international leaders also members of my close security or relatives and family members."

He continued: "I wanted to reassure you. I'm fine. I have the same symptoms as yesterday, that is to say fatigue, headaches, dry cough, like hundreds of thousands of you who have had to experience this virus or who are experiencing it today [...] There is normally no reason for it to progress badly but I am subject to medical surveillance and I will report it to you in a completely transparent manner."

Further saying: "Yesterday I was tested positive, which shows that the virus can really affect everyone, because I am very protected, I am very careful, I respect the barrier gestures, the distances I put on the mask, I put on hydroalcoholic gel and despite everything, I caught the virus."

Diversity & Inclusion
Paris mayor says that fine for hiring too many women is "absurd"

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has stated that she is "happy to announce we have been fined" following a €90,000 against the city by the French Ministry of Public Service. She added that "This fine is obviously absurd, unfair, irresponsible and dangerous" and joked "The management of the city hall has, all of a sudden, become far too feminist".

Paris had been fined because eleven women and five men had been promoted in 2018, breaching a national equality rule.

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Charlie Hebdo terror attacks: 14 found guilty of involvement by Paris court
Charlie Hebdo terror attacks: 14 found guilty of involvement by Paris court
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A Parisian court has found fourteen accomplices of the French Islamist militants guilty of the attacks in January 2015. Seventeen people were killed in the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine, a Jewish supermarket and a policewoman. Eleven of the defendants appeared in court, while three were tried in absentia. All accomplices were found guilty, their charges range from belonging to a criminal network to direct complicity in the January 2015 attacks.

Hayat Boumeddiene, the former partner of Amedy Coulibaly, did not appear in court but was found guilty of financing terrorism and belonging to a criminal terrorist network. Boumeddiene is thought to be alive but on the run.

Diversity & Inclusion
Paris pays fine for discrimination over hiring too many women into management positions

The French Ministry of Public Service has finded the city of Paris for €90,000 over discrimination - because it employs too many women in management positions.

Two years ago, Paris had advertised 16 new management posts - of which "eleven went to women and only five to men," according to Mayor Anne Hidalgo. The quota of women was 69 percent of the positions - too high, so the Ministry of Public Service.

It refers to a regulation according to which at least 40 percent of such posts must be filled by members of one sex. With only 31 percent, men were disadvantaged in the Paris tender, it said.

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Police violence in Paris: a photographer beaten up during the "March of Liberties"

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Paris and other French cities to protest against the "Global Security" law.

Syrian photographer Ameer al-Halbi, a war correspondent known for his coverage of the fall of Aleppo and winner of a World Press Photo award in 2017, was wounded during a police charge while covering the march on Saturday afternoon, AFP reported.

The "Global Security" law would punish punishes the so-called "malicious" dissemination of the image of police officers, particularly during demonstrations.

Controversy over the law was heightened by the heavy-handed evacuation of a migrant camp in Paris on Monday and the revelation on Thursday of the beating of music producer Michel Zecler by four police officers.

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Paris: Thousands gather to protest police violence and the new proposed security law
Paris: Thousands gather to protest police violence and the new proposed security law
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Police fired tear gas in the French capital after thousands of critics of a proposed security law that would restrict sharing images of police officers in France joined a demonstration in Paris.

The crowd included journalists, journalism students, left-wing activists, migrants rights groups and citizens of varied political stripes expressing anger over what they perceive as a hardening police tactics in recent years, especially since France's Yellow Vest protests against economic hardship in 2018.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said images of police beating a Black music producer in Paris put "shame" on the country, with top politicians and sportsmen expressing outrage over the incident.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Berlin's Tegel Airport closed
Berlin's Tegel Airport closed
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Berlin's Cold War-era Tegel airport finally closed its doors Sunday after the Air France flight AF1235 to Paris took off. Originally built to handle 2.5 million passengers a year, Tegel passed 24 million in 2019.

The shutdown happened one week after Berlin's new BER airport opened southeast of the capital.

Climate & Environment
The U.S. formally withdraws from Paris agreement

After a three-year delay, the US has become the first nation in the world to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement formally. In the wake of the President Donald Trump announcement back in 2017, several states and businesses have pledged to continue cutting carbon and to try and make up for the Federal government's decision to walk away from the US commitment under Paris.

"The EU green deal and carbon neutrality commitments from China, Japan and South Korea point to the inevitability of our collective transition off fossil fuels," said Laurence Tubiana, one of the architects of the Paris agreement and now chief executive of the European Climate Foundation.

Sports
Rafael Nadal became the fourth player to achieve 1,000 ATP Tour wins, with Paris Masters victory
Rafael Nadal
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The Spanish Rafael Nadal became the fourth tennis player to record 1,000 ATP Tour wins with victory over fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez at the Paris Masters. Jimmy Connors leads with 1,274 wins, followed by Roger Federer (1.242) and the Czech Ivan Lendl (1,068).

Nadal turned professional in 2001 and won his first ATP Tour match in 2002 when he defeated Paraguay's Ramon Delgado in the first round of the Mallorca Open.

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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.

Sports
Rafael Nadal wins the French Open 2020
Rafael Nadal
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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.

Sports
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
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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.