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France's Terror Plan: Hire 2,600 Officers, Monitor 3K

Country to spend $490M over 3 years

(Newser) - France announced sweeping new measures to counter homegrown terrorism today, and one set of numbers is getting a lot of play: In an intelligence agent hiring spree, the country will hire some 2,600 counter-terrorism officers, 1,100 of them specifically for intelligence services. Anti-terror surveillance is needed for 3,... More »

Paris Hero Granted French Citizenship

Mali-born worker hid supermarket customers from gunman

(Newser) - Lassana Bathily, the Mali-born worker who saved several people when a gunman attacked a kosher grocery store in Paris earlier this month, is now a Frenchman. The 24-year-old Muslim, who has been in France for nearly a decade and filed his citizenship papers last year, had his application fast-tracked and... More »

Paris Gunman Buried in Unmarked Grave

Said Kouachi is buried in Reims over mayor's objections

(Newser) - City officials in Reims say one of the terrorists responsible for attacks last week that killed 17 people was buried in the eastern French city over their objections and despite concerns that the grave could become a shrine for extremists. Said Kouachi, the elder of the two brothers who gunned... More »

Al-Qaeda in Yemen on Charlie Attack: It Was Us

But subsequent violence was coincidental, statement says

(Newser) - Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attack in an online video called "Vengeance for the Prophet: A Message Regarding the Blessed Battle of Paris," the New York Times reports. The group says it "chose the target, laid the plan, and... More »

French Lawmakers Sing National Anthem, Unplanned

National Assembly also extends airstrikes against ISIS

(Newser) - France's lower house of parliament was holding a moment of silence today for last week's victims , and Slate reports that lawmakers spontaneously began singing their national anthem—the first time it's been sung by deputies since 1918. Apparently, one person began singing La Marseillaise, and the rest... More »

White House: We Should Have Sent Bigwig to Paris

But security made it impossible for Obama, Biden

(Newser) - In a rare public admission of error, the White House said today the US should have sent a high-level official to an anti-terror march in Paris that was attended by more than 40 world leaders. The Obama administration was represented yesterday by the US ambassador to France, though Attorney General... More »

US Defends Its No-Show in Paris

Only senior US official at unity rally was ambassador

(Newser) - At least 40 world leaders linked arms and marched at a huge rally in Paris to denounce terrorism yesterday—but there was no President Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry, or even Eric Holder, who was in the city at the time. As the leaders marched, Holder was taping an interview... More »

France Deploys 10K Troops to Guard 'Sensitive Sites'

Almost 5K cops headed to nation's Jewish schools, institutions

(Newser) - A day after the biggest rally in its history , France is deploying thousands of police and troops to the nation's 717 Jewish schools and other "sensitive sites" throughout the country, the New York Times reports. Citing "the first mobilization on this scale on our territory," defense... More »

Muslim Worker 'Saved Lives' at Kosher-Store Siege

Lassana Bathily hid them in a freezer before helping police

(Newser) - French media are praising a Muslim worker who apparently saved several people during the siege of a kosher grocery store in Paris yesterday, the Huffington Post reports. According to RTL and Le Parisien , Lassana Bathily ushered several customers into a freezer when terrorists seized the Hyper Cacher store. "I... More »

Al-Qaeda Member: Group Ordered Paris Attack

Member of Yemeni branch makes anonymous statement

(Newser) - A member of al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen says the group directed the attack against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris "as revenge for the honor" of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The member today provided the AP a statement in English saying "the leadership of AQAP... More »

French Prez: Gunmen 'Have Nothing to Do With Muslim Religion'

Francois Hollande: siege at kosher market is 'act of anti-Semitism'

(Newser) - French President Francois Hollande gave a televised speech today urging his people to act with "vigilance and unity" following the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks , reports Euro News . The French "will not give in to fear and we are capable of defending ourselves against threats," he says. The... More »

Slain Charlie Hebdo Editor in 2012: 'I'm Not Going to Hide'

Charb was added to al-Qaeda's most wanted list in 2013

(Newser) - Four beloved French cartoonists are among the dead in today's attack on the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Among them: Editor Stephane Charbonnier, or Charb. BuzzFeed reports the 47-year-old has had police protection since 2011 and was two years later added to al-Qaeda's most wanted list.... More »

Gunmen Kill 12 at Paris Satirical Magazine

Masked men storm 'Charlie Hebdo' office, open fire

(Newser) - Twelve people have been killed in an attack on the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in central Paris, per a police rep; the toll includes 10 journalists and two police officers. A witness to today's attack tells the iTele network that he saw two men armed with... More »

Star Economist Doesn't Want France's Top Honor

Piketty says government should focus on fixing economy

(Newser) - The French economist whose 685-page Capital in the Twenty-First Century became a surprise 2014 bestseller has rejected the country's top honor, saying the government should concentrate on fixing the economy instead of giving out awards. "I refuse this nomination because I do not think it is the government'... More »

Town Hopes to Preserve WWI Soldier's Bedroom

Mayor of Belabre, France, hopes buyer will come along

(Newser) - A French town wants to preserve a bedroom that has remained nearly untouched for almost 100 years. Why not update the decor a little? Because WWI dragoons officer Hubert Rochereau left the room that way when he went to war, making it a time capsule of a man who died... More »

10 Hurt as Man Drives Van Into Xmas Shoppers

2nd such attack in 2 days shakes France

(Newser) - France has been rattled by the second attack on pedestrians in two days. In the latest incident, a man drove a van into a crowd of people at a Christmas market in the city of Nantes, injuring at least 10 people, five seriously. Police say the 25-year-old driver tried to... More »

Man Shouting 'God Is Great' Runs Down Pedestrians

Driver injures 11 in Dijon, France

(Newser) - A driver shouting "God is great" allegedly ran over pedestrians in France today and injured 11, two of them seriously—the day after police killed a knife-wielding man who ran into a French police station shouting the same slogan, AFP reports. Authorities have arrested a 40-year-old suspect with a... More »

Louvre Spending $67M to Keep You From Getting Lost

President plans to make museum more accessible to everyone

(Newser) - Ever waited in a two-and-a-half-hour line at the world's most-visited museum? Its own president has, when he tried visiting the Louvre as a tourist, the New York Times reports. Now, Jean-Luc Martinez is working to make the museum more visitor-friendly—and tougher to get lost in. He's reorganizing... More »

Uber Runs Into Big Trouble in Sydney

Accused of price-gouging in hostage crisis amid new legal trouble in France

(Newser) - Uber ran smack dab into trouble today amid the somewhat unlikely backdrop of Sydney's hostage crisis: The company's rates quadrupled , automatically soaring because, as users of Uber's app were told, "demand is off the charts." Mashable reported on the issue, and Uber subsequently made all... More »

Archaeologists' Surprise Find: Ancient, Busty Statuette

They put it together from 20 fragments

(Newser) - Archaeologists in northern France were digging for "tooled flint or bones," they say, when they came upon something stunning: what ended up being a 23,000-year-old sculpture of a woman. While digging near Amiens over the summer, they noticed some pieces amid the limestone they had found didn'... More »

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