Tourists and Parisians seek relief from sizzling heat | AFP

Paris prepares Monday for a blistering heatwave with the mercury set to hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) as summer kicks in on the back of a wave of hot air from North Africa.

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Parisians and visitors cool down in French capital fountains | AFP

Parisians and visitors attempt to cool down by dousing themselves in water in the French capital’s fountains near Trocadéro, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. A dog is seen frolicking in the water as well. Temperatures are expected to reach 40° C later in the week. IMAGES.

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Voters rush to European elections polling stations in Paris

Parisians in the French capital’s second district arrive at the local town hall to cast their votes in the European elections. They will help elect seventy-nine MEPs who will represent France in Brussels. Vote-counting takes place at 8pm CET and the final results will be known later in the evening. IMAGES

Parisians pay tribute to troops killed in Burkina Faso raid

Parisians pay tribute to the two soldiers killed during a raid to rescue four hostages in Burkina Faso, as the funeral procession passes by the Pont Alexandre III bridge ahead of a ceremony at the Invalides led by French President Emmanuel Macron. IMAGES

French baguettes: a “savoir faire” worth protecting

At 2am when even the most energetic Parisians are calling it a night, Jean-Yves Boullier is getting up to start baking off his first batch of iconic “tradition” baguettes. “There’s nothing in them but flour and savoir faire,” says the 46-year-old, who, after 30 years of baking experience, hopes that the baker’s union will succeed in securing UNESCO World Heritage status for the baguette, whose popularity has declined with the rise of gluten-free alternatives and low-carb diets.

The Vatican responds to the devastating Notre-Dame fire

Pope Francis “is praying for the French people, for Parisians and for Catholics” after the devastating fire that raged through the iconic Notre-Dame cathedral in the heart of the city, according to a spokesman for the Holy See.