Alert for France
Gunman opens fire at French paper Liberation - 18 November 2013:
A gunman has opened fire inside the offices of French newspaper Liberation in Paris, seriously wounding a member of staff. The editorial manager at the paper, Fabrice Rousselot, said that the unknown gunman entered the building, fired two shots and then fled the scene. Around 90 minutes later the same attacker reportedly opened fire outside the headquarters of the Societe Generale bank in the La Defense district of the city before hijacking a car. The shooting follows a similar incident on Friday when a man armed with a rifle broke into the offices of the BFMTV news channel, although on that occasion no shots were fired and nobody was wounded.
Eiffel Tower evacuated after bomb threat - 9 August 2013:
The Eiffel Tower in the French capital Paris was evacuated for two hours on Friday following a bomb alert. The iconic tourist resort is a regular target for bomb scares; however police have not given any further details about the incident.
First coronavirus death reported in France - 28 May 2013:
The first person in France to contract the novel coronavirus has died in hospital from the disease. The man is believed to have contracted the SARS-like virus while travelling in Dubai in April. A total of 23 people have now died from the disease out of 44 confirmed cases.
French soldier stabbed at Paris underground station - 26 May 2013:
A French soldier has been stabbed at an underground railway station in La Defense in western Paris. The perpetrator, who was described as a man of North African appearance, fled the scene after stabbing Cedric Cordier in the neck. The attack may be a copycat of the incident in Woolwich, London on Wednesday where a UK soldier was murdered by two Islamist radicals.
Clashes erupt during PSG title parade - 14 May 2013:
Football supporters have clashed with riot police in central Paris during celebrations to mark Paris Saint-Germaine winning the French league title. At least 30 people were wounded in the unrest, while a further 21 people were arrested.
Terrorist threat rises after Mali intervention - 23 January 2013:
The threat of terrorist attacks against France and French nationals has increased due to the country's military operations against Islamic rebels in Mali. The group behind the recent hostage siege in Algeria said their actions were taken in retalitation to the French intervention.
Three Kurdish women shot dead in Paris - 10 January 2013:
Three Kurdish women have been found dead with gunshot wounds in the Information Centre of Kurdistan in central Paris. One of the victims was reportedly a founder of the Turksih PKK militant group, and the killings are thought to be politically motivated.
French police find bomb making material - 10 October 2012:
French police have discovered bomb-making material during an investigation into radical Islamic suspects. Police found potassium nitrate, sulphur, pressure cookers and guns in the Paris suburb of Torcy. The discovery follows the arrest of 12 people over the weekend who are suspected to be part of a terrorist network.
Wave of supermarket bombings hits Corsica - 10 September 2012:
At least seven bombings have been reported at supermarkets on the French island of Corsica. No injuries were reported in the blasts, which hit supermarkets in Ajaccio and Upper Corsica.
Youths clash with police in Amiens - 14 August 2012:
Buildings and cars have been torched in the northern city of Amiens after police clashed with a large group of rioting youths. Around 100 people are reported to have taken part in the riots, and 16 police officers were wounded in the clashes.
Gunman in Paris school hostage siege - 10 July 2012:
A gunman is reportedly holding a parent hostage at a Paris school after releasing a group of children. The school in Vitry-sur-Seine is being used as a leisure centre during the school holidays. Police forces and a negotiator are at the scene, however the demands of the hostage-taker are unclear.
Hostages held in Toulouse bank - 20 June 2012:
Four people have been taken hostage at a bank in the southern city of Toulouse by a man claiming to be part of al-Qaeda. Police have said that the gunman first demanded money before taking the hostages.
Toulouse gunman surrounded - 21 March 2012:
A 23 year old man has been surrounded by police at his home in Toulouse in connection with the recent shootings which left seven people dead in the city. Mohammed Merah, who is reportedly of Algerian descent, is suspected of being a member of an al-Qaeda terrorist cell.
Gunman shoots dead four in Toulouse - 19 March 2012:
A gunman has shot dead a teacher and three children at a Jewish school in the north-east city of Toulouse. The attacker escaped from the scene on a scooter, echoing an identical attack last week which left four paratroopers dead.
Petrol bomb attack on French magazine offices - 02 November 2011:
A petrol bomb attack has destroyed the offices of a French satirical magazine in Paris. The magazine, Charlie Hebdo, had named the Prophet Muhammad as its "editor-in-chief" and displayed a caricature of the Prophet on its front cover.
Eiffel Tower evacuated following bomb threat - 23 March 2011:
The Eiffel Tower has been evacuated after police received a bomb threat to the building. No suspicious packages have been found.
European terrorism warning -29 September 2010:
Western intelligence agencies claim to have uncovered an al-Qaeda plot to carry out co-ordinated terrorist attacks in the UK, France and Germany. In response the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has carried out a number of drone attacks against al-Qaeda targets in Pakistan who are believed to be involved in orchestrating the plot.