French police say an armed man has taken multiple hostages in a store on the outskirts of Toulouse. A police spokeswoman said four hostages were taken in a convenience store in Blagnac, near Toulouse airport. She said it's too early to rule out terror without knowing the hostage-taker's demands. According to local news site La Depeche du Midi, the hostage taker is 17-years-old.

Armed man takes multiple hostages in Toulouse, southern France

French police say an armed man has taken multiple hostages in a store on the outskirts of Toulouse.

A police spokeswoman said four hostages were taken in a convenience store in Blagnac, near Toulouse airport.

She said it’s too early to rule out terror without knowing the hostage-taker’s demands.

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French Yellow vest demonstrators, police clash in Paris, days after Notre Dame fire

Police fire tear gas in clashes with yellow-vest protestors
Clashes broke out between dozens of demonstrators and police in Paris on the 23rd Saturday of yellow-vest protests after authorities warned that rioters could return to the French capital to spark a new wave of violence.

Dozens of hooded demonstrators threw rocks at police and some set fire to scooters and rubbish bins in the centre of the French capital, according to Reuters TV footage.

Police responded by firing tear gas and stun grenades. Some officers also marched toward demonstrators to control the crowd and funnel it to Paris’ Place de la République, where most of the demonstrators were contained in the late afternoon.

France to hold an international competition for the redesign of Notre Dame’s iconic spire

France will hold a competition among international architects to design a new spire for the Notre Dame Cathedral after the one atop the famed church collapsed in this week’s fire, the country’s prime minister said.
Edouard Philippe said Wednesday that officials will consider whether the new spire should replicate the one that fell in Monday’s blaze or have its own original design.

“This is obviously a huge challenge, a historic responsibility,” Philippe said. “Should we rebuild the spire envisaged and built by Viollet-le-Duc under the same conditions … (or) give Notre Dame a new spire adapted to the technologies and the challenges of our times?”

The destroyed 300-foot spire was not an original piece on the medieval cathedral. It was designed and built by Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc during his 19th-century restoration.

Donald Trump’s ‘disrespectful’ tribute to Paris during the Notre Dame Fire has not gone down well

Yes, Donald Trump actually gave the firefighters advice, and to say it went down badly would be a huge understatement – Jenny Proudfoot//marie claire

Donald Trump never fails to be controversial, and from his greeting the Queen with a handshake to making friends with Putin, the past year has been no exception.

Trump’s real weak point seems to be tributes, with the 72-year-old’s attempts never failing to cause offence.