Place de la Concorde in Paris completely closed off for May Day

The Concorde and Champs-Elysées district is completely sealed off by the police as more than 7,400 police officers and gendarmes are deployed to secure the May Day demonstrations in Paris, where “1,000 to 2,000 radical activists” are expected according to French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. IMAGES of Place de la Concorde closed off by police

French mayor, minister meet with firemen at deadly Paris blaze

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo meet with firefighters outside an apartment block in the capital’s western 16th arrondissement, where a deadly fire erupted, killing eight people and wounding one more, a fire believed to have been caused by an arsonist. IMAGES

125,000 people across France protesting fuel price hikes

More than 2,000 “yellow vest” rallies are being held across France, mobilizing some 124,000 people against fuel price increases, according to France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. He has called on demonstrators to be “cautious” and “vigilant”, as several serious incidents have taken place at road blockades, including a fatality.