PARIS, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The French investigation into last
week’s Paris shootings is exploring the possible role of Djamel
Beghal, an Islamist suspected of first bringing the gunmen
together and putting them on the path from impressionable youths
to cold-blooded killers.
While the 49-year-old Algerian has denied through his lawyer
any involvement in the attacks, judicial and prison sources have
described how two of the three gunmen nonetheless fell under his
spell during a joint 2005 stretch in jail and then pursued
contacts with him after leaving prison.
PARIS (Reuters) – Twelve years ago, one of the two brothers suspected of the shootings at satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was a young man like many others in France, more interested in girls and smoking dope than defending the Prophet Mohammad.
But between 2003, when Cherif Kouachi delivered pizzas and dreamed of being a rap star, and Wednesday, when he and his brother were named chief suspects in the killing of 12 people in Paris, the French national went from punk to most wanted.
PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) – A policewoman was killed in a
shootout in southern Paris on Thursday, triggering searches in
the area as the manhunt widened for two brothers suspected of
killing 12 people at a satirical magazine in an apparent
Islamist militant strike.
Police sources could not immediately confirm a link with the
killings at Charlie Hebdo weekly newspaper which marked the
worst attack on French soil for decades and which national
leaders and allied states described as an assault on democracy.
PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) – French police extended a manhunt on
Thursday for two brothers suspected of killing 12 people at a
satirical magazine in Paris in a presumed Islamist militant
strike that national leaders and allied states described as an
assault on democracy.
France began a day of mourning for the journalists and
police officers shot dead on Wednesday morning by black-hooded
gunmen using Kalashnikov assault rifles. French tricolour flags
flew at half mast throughout the country.
PARIS, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Hooded gunmen stormed the Paris
offices of a satirical magazine known for lampooning Islam and
other religions on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people in the
most deadly militant attack on French soil in decades.
Police staged a huge manhunt for the attackers who escaped
after shooting dead some of France’s top cartoonists at the
Charlie Hebdo weekly, as well as two police officers.
RUNGIS, France, Dec 15 (Reuters) – At the temple to
gastronomy outside Paris, Rungis market, Marinette shows off a
tray of fat white truffles from Italy, at 1,800 euros a kilo
($1,000 per pound).
“Put your nose in there,” she tells her customers, who brave
the early morning hours to supply restaurants and retailers
throughout France and beyond during the lead-up to Christmas.
PARIS/NIAMEY (Reuters) – President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that the last French citizen held hostage, a 50-year-old man seized in 2011 by Al Qaeda’s north African arm, had now been freed.
Serge Lazarevic was held in the Sahara by AQIM for almost three years after being kidnapped in northern Mali. Hollande said Lazarevic was currently en route for Niamey, capital of neighboring Niger, from where he would head back to Paris.
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday narrowly passed a proposal for territorial reform that would cut the number of regions by nearly half, despite renewed doubts over a promised 10 billion euros ($12.5 billion) in annual savings.
The bill, which has not yet been finalised, would see France divided into 13 regions instead of the existing 22, which the government argues would be more cost-effective and result in savings as France tries to meet its deficit reduction goals.
PARIS, November 5 (Reuters) – The “Desk of the King” took
nine years of work for the cabinetmakers of Louis XV, its rich
inlays, secret drawers and innovative design making it one of
the many masterpieces of 18th century French furniture.
Now, this and other treasures of furniture design from 1650
through 1790, corresponding to the reigns of Louis XIV through
Louis XVI, are on display at Versailles in a noteworthy show,
“The 18th Century at the Source of Design.”
PARIS (Reuters) – Eight French politicians will disguise themselves as citizens struggling with real-world problems in a TV show aimed at narrowing the gap between France’s often remote political elite and the public they are elected to serve.
But “Mr and Mrs Everyone,” due to premiere in a few weeks on the private D8 network, has provoked charges of being a gimmick debasing the decorum of public office at a time when a stagnant French economy and high unemployment has already led to pubic confidence in politicians hitting lows.