The French army general in charge of rebuilding fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris says renovation work will begin in earnest later this year.
The Louvre museum in Paris has been forced to close after dozens of people blocked the entrance in a protest against the French government’s plans to overhaul the pension system.
The French prime minister has told the unions behind a crippling railway strike that he is open to backing down on controversial proposals to raise the full pension age to 64.
The French general overseeing the reconstruction of the fire-devastated Notre Dame Cathedral has said the Paris landmark is not saved yet because there is still a risk its vaulted ceilings might collapse.
A man armed with a knife has rampaged through a Paris park attacking passers-by seemingly at random, killing one person and injuring two others before police shot him dead, officials said.
Notre Dame is still so fragile that there is a “50% chance” the Paris landmark might not be entirely saved because scaffolding installed before this year’s devastating fire is threatening the vaults of the Gothic monument, its rector has said.
Notre Dame Cathedral is unable to host Christmas services for the first time since the French Revolution because the Paris landmark was too deeply damaged by this year’s fire.
Teachers, doctors, lawyers and workers at the Eiffel Tower are among people from across France who have walked out in protest at plans for a higher retirement age.
A man who lunged at a Paris police patrol with a knife and threatened to kill the officers has been shot dead in the French capital’s main business district, police officials said.
Thousands of union activists have marched through French cities as airport employees, teachers and other workers joined nationwide strikes, cranking up pressure on the government to scrap changes to the national retirement system.
The Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s vaunted high-speed trains stood still and several thousand people protested in Paris as unions launched nationwide strikes over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system.