European heat wave puts Notre Dame Cathedral’s ceiling further at risk

By Helene Fung Picture Courtesy: LeLaisserPasserA38  Philippe Villeneuve, the chief architect of the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral which was devastated by fire back in April, said that he is “very worried about the heat wave”, and fear that the rapidly drying joints and masonry “lose their coherence, their cohesion and their structural qualities and…

France swelters in highest temperature on record

By Helene Fung Villevieille in the Provence region of France has just experienced 45.9 degrees Celsius heat, the highest temperature since records began – almost two degrees higher than the previous record of 44.1 degrees Celsius from August 2003. Four administrative departments in France were placed on red alert for temperatures of “dangerous intensity”. About…

French-Italian diplomatic relations worsens

By Helene Fung Relations between long term European Union allies France and Italy hit a new low, as the French Foreign Ministry recalls its ambassador to Italy. This is in response to a series of insults from Italy, including the decision this week by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio to meet with members…

Three Dead in France’s Strasbourg Shooting as Police Hunt Gunman

Hundreds of police officers are hunting a gunman who shot up a Christmas market in France, leaving three people dead and 12 others injured on Tuesday (local time). The shooter is still at large after opening fire in Place Kleber at around 8pm near one of the central squares in Strasbourg and exchanging fire with…

Masked Protestors Clash With Police in Paris May Day Rally

Nearly 200 anarchists have been arrested in Paris, after they hijacked May Day protests against French President Emmanuel Macron’s public sector labour reforms. The youths smashed shop windows and threw cobblestones at riot police on Tuesday, after joining the traditional union-led demonstration for worker’s rights. Police said around 1,200 people from far-left anarchist groups known…

US, Britain, France Syrian air strike hits research centre

Picture Courtesy: US Air Force A joint air strike against Syria performed by the US, Britain and France has hit a Damascus scientific research facility and arms depots in the Homs area according to state media. The Russian ambassador, Anatoly Antonov to the United States has warned that there will be consequences for the strike,…

French Gendarme dies after trading place with hostage

French Gendarme, Arnaud Beltrame, has died after voluntarily taking the place of a hostage during a supermarket siege by an Islamic terrorist. Mr Beltrame died from gunshot wounds he sustained after being shot inside the Super U supermarket in Trebes in the southwest of France, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb confirmed. “Dead for his country. France…

Trump Orders Washington Military Parade Similar to Bastille Day Event

Donald Trump has ordered White House officials and the Pentagon to plan a military parade in Washington similar to the Bastille Day parade he saw while in Paris in July. The U.S. President said wanted a parade that would see soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the streets of Washington , according to The Washington…

Man drives car into students in France, injuring three

A man has intentionally rammed his car into a group of students outside of a school near Toulouse, France, injuring three who are believed to be Chinese. The attack has left one of the students with serious head injuries, and all three were taken to hospital. The 28-year old male driver was not on any…