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Paris (UK: /ˈpærɪs/; US: /ˈpɛərɪs/; French: [paʁi] ( )) is the capital and most populous city of France. Situated on the Seine River, in the north of the country, it is in the center of the Île-de-France region, also known as the région parisienne. The City of Paris has a population of 2,273,305 inhabitants (January 2013), making it the fifth largest city in the European Union measured by the population within the city limits. Paris and its suburbs have a population of 12,292,895 inhabitants, making it the second or third largest metropolitan area in Europe, with London and Berlin, depending on the area measured.
Paris was founded in the 3rd century BC by a Celtic people called the Parisii, who gave the city its name. By the 12th century, Paris was the largest city in the western world, a prosperous trading centre, and the home of the University of Paris, one of the first in Europe. In the 18th century, it was the centre stage for the French Revolution, and became an important centre of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, a position it still retains today.
The Paris Region has a GDP of €612 billion (US$760 billion) in 2012, ranking it as one of the wealthiest five regions in Europe; it is the banking and financial center of France, and contains the headquarters of thirty companies in the Fortune Global 500. In 2013 the City of Paris received 29.3 million visitors, making it one of the world's top tourist destinations.
Paris is the home of the most-visited art museums in the world, the Louvre, as well as the Musée d'Orsay, noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and the Musée National d'Art Moderne, a museum of modern and contemporary art. The notable architectural landmarks of Paris include the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris (12th century); Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre (1914).
Paris is known for its fashion designers and the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants. Most of France's major universities and Grandes écoles are located in Paris, as are France's major newspapers, including Le Monde, Le Figaro, and Libération.
Paris is home to the association football club Paris Saint-Germain FC and the rugby union club Stade Français. The 80,000-seat Stade de France, built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, is located in Saint-Denis. Paris hosts the annual French Open Grand Slam tennis tournament on the red clay of Roland Garros. Paris played host to the 1900 and 1924 Summer Olympics, the 1938 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, and the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
The city is a major rail, highway, and air-transport hub, served by the two international airports Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly. Opened in 1900, the city's subway system, the Paris Métro, serves 9 million passengers daily. Paris is the hub of the national road network, and is surrounded by three orbital roads: the Périphérique, the A86 motorway, and the Francilienne motorway in the outer suburbs.

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Latest update 5:45pm et - Isis is now claiming responsibility for a Paris attack in which police officer was killed and two were seriously wounded along the Champs-Élysées. A gunman exited a vehicle and fired a Kalishnikov rifle into a police van that was waiting at a stop light. The gunman was then shot and killed as he attempted to flee. He was known to authorities, having been flagged by intelligence services as an Islamic extremist.

The attack comes just three days before the first round of France's presidential election. Earlier this week police arrested two men in what they described as a thwarted terror attack. An arsenal of weapons and bomb-making equipment along with an Isis flag were found in their apartment.

on April 22, 2017
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on April 11, 2017
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Hemmed in and closely watched by police, hundreds of Muslims unrolled rugs and prayed outdoors Friday in the busy streets of a Paris suburb to protest the closure of their prayer hall.

The show of strength by throngs of worshippers in Clichy highlighted a long-standing issue for France's Muslim community, estimated at 5 million people: a shortage of mosques.

Such protests aren't without risk of a backlash, especially in the politically heated atmosphere of France's upcoming presidential election. Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has previously decried street prayers, part of her anti-immigrant, anti-Islam outlook.

Clichy Muslims had been using a prayer hall rented from City Hall. But the town's mayor now wants to turn that space into a multimedia library for the town's 60,000 residents.

City Hall refused to renew the three-year lease when it expired last June and, following a court battle, closed down the prayer hall last week with help from French police.

City Hall says Muslims can worship at a new Islamic cultural and prayer center, already used by hundreds of people, that the town inaugurated in May 2016.

However, the Muslim group that helped organize Friday's protest and which is calling for another demonstration Sunday says the new mosque is too small and remote.

The building is a disused former office block that City Hall "turned into a mosque by throwing down a few rugs," said Smail El-Baz, a spokesman for the group.

He warned that the closure of their prayer hall could drive worshippers underground and increase the risk of them becoming radicalized.

The group wants its prayer hall reopened until the end of Ramadan in July and space for the building of a new mosque.

on April 4, 2017
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A “radicalised Muslim” known to security services has been shot dead after attempting to steal a soldier’s gun at Paris Orly Airport. 

The 39-year-old French citizen, identified as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, shot at police officers manning a checkpoint in northern Paris with an “air pistol” before launching the airport attack, the French interior minister said.

During a visit to the airport, Bruno Le Roux said one officer was shot during the routine check and was undergoing hospital treatment for injuries to his face.

on March 21, 2017
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Initial indications were that the man, who was fighting for his life after being shot, was an Egyptian who arrived in France at the end of January, a source close to the investigation said.

Two security sources said the attacker has been identified as Abdullah Reda al-Hamamy, a 29-year-old Egyptian born in Dakahlia, a province northeast of Cairo.

Reports say the on-duty soldier opened fire after the man tried to attack him with a machete outside the Louvre Carrousel shopping centre in central Paris. 

The man is thought to have tried to enter the museum's underground shop carrying two backpacks at around 10am (local time). 

A French police spokesperson said the man cried out "Allahu Akbar" - meaning God is the greatest in Arabic - as he "launched" himself at the soliders, according to reports.

on February 6, 2017
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Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, has written a letter to an unknown woman sharing his thoughts since the massacre.

According to extracts of the letter, which was published by the French newspaper Libération after gaining permission from French authorities, he said " I am not ashamed of what I am."

The anonymous woman reportedly has written many letters to him. But the identity of her cannot be confirmed and she is completely unknown to the justice system, according to Libération.

Since his incarceration in March last year, Abdeslam has refused to say anything to the judges that have questioned him.

This appears to be the first time he has shared his thoughts over the incident.

on January 15, 2017
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A year ago today, terrorists attacked six locations in Paris, killing 130 people. Most of them were shot during a rock concert at a venue called the Bataclan. The attacks led to heightened security throughout Europe, and they've also led to some changes in how rock bands tour.

Will Hackney is packing gear into a van on a loading dock in Portland, Ore. He's the bass player and tour manager for the band Flock of Dimes. They've got four amps, a ton of guitars and keyboards — and, Hackney says, "a British guitar player who brings the biggest suitcase I've ever seen."

Over the course of 30 days, the group will travel 8,000 miles and visit 22 cities in the U.S. and Canada. It is Hackney's job to get them there. Tour managers are responsible for virtually every aspect of planning and executing the trip, and almost anything can go wrong. But there are some things Hackney has never worried much about.

"You know, in all my years of touring, security has not really been something I've ever had to think about," Hackney says. "It usually feels like a pretty safe bubble."

on November 13, 2016
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The European Parliament has backed the ratification of the Paris climate deal, paving the way for the world's first global agreement.

The deal aims to limit greenhouse gas emissions and keep global temperature increases "well below" 2C.

It was approved with 610 votes in favour, 38 against and with 31 abstentions.

The vote, attended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, paves the way for the pact to come into force globally.

The deal on Tuesday means national ministers can now ratify the agreement on behalf of the EU later this week.

To become operational, the treaty needs at least 55 countries representing at least 55% of global emissions to complete all the steps.

"With the action taken by the EU parliament, I am confident that we will be able to cross the 55% threshold very soon, in just a matter of a few days," Mr Ban said.

"I am extremely honoured to be able to witness this historic moment," he added.

on October 8, 2016
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You look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights. I mean come on, there’s nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafés, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe

on September 10, 2016
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