Around 47.7 million people are called to vote.

Around 47.7 million people are called to vote.

According to the investigators, the hostage-taker in southern France killed at least three people and injured two others. The professing Islamist initially stole a car in Carcassonne, killing an occupant and injuring the driver, it was said in the early afternoon. A short time later, he shot a police officer and killed two other people while being hostage-taking in the supermarket in Trèbes. The Paris Interior Ministry has so far confirmed at least two fatalities in the hostage-taking in a supermarket in the southern French city of Trèbes. Accordingly, at least three other people were injured.

The police said that more victims are expected. The hostage-taker had pledged himself to the Islamic State terrorist militia, the prosecutor said. Investigators said that most of the customers and employees of the „Super U” store had managed to escape.

According to other reports, the 20 or so hostages are said to be safe. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe spoke of a „serious situation”. There are many indications of an act of terrorism. An eyewitness testified that the perpetrator shouted „Allahu Akbar” (God is great) when he raided the supermarket. He also spoke of revenge for Syria. He was armed with knives, a gun and hand grenades.

Special police units were deployed in the 5500-inhabitant town, and several helicopters flew over the crime scene. The Interior Ministry called on Twitter to avoid the area around the supermarket „Super U”. The suspect is said to be a Moroccan immigrant. According to n-tv reporter Alexander Oetker, the hostage taker was born in 1992. According to other reports, he is between 30 and 40 years old. It is unanimously said that he is already known to the French security authorities.

Among other things, he is said to have been in Islamist networks and been observed because of his radicalization. Several media reports that he is demanding the release of Salah Abdeslam, the only survivor of the Paris attacks in November 2015. In addition, the hostage-taker’s mother has meanwhile been taken to the scene. At 11.15 a.m., the man is said to have broken into the shop in Trèbes, east of Carcassonne , it was said by the gendarmerie.

He fired shots. Unconfirmed reports said that around 40 people were inside the building at the time of the attack, and two police officers were injured in nearby Carcassonne when strangers opened fire on four officers who had just returned from jogging. A police spokesman confirmed this. The victims are said to be members of an anti-terrorist unit.

The alleged shooters – two men – are apparently still on the run. One of them could be the hostage-taker, as it was called in judicial circles: The car of the man who shot the police officer was later found in front of the supermarket in Trèbes, according to police. The two places are only about ten kilometers away from each other. Initial reports said that IS is claiming the crime for itself. Meanwhile, it is said that the alleged perpetrator is claiming proximity to ISIS. The students in the small town of Trèbes in the south of France stay in their schools during the hostage-taking in their city. This was announced by the responsible school authorities.

The students are „safe inside” the schools, it said. „You stay there until further notice.” The authority called on parents not to come to the schools. According to reports from reporters in Trèbes, the small town is largely cordoned off to cars, and France has been the target of Islamist attacks on several occasions in recent years. The attacks in Paris in 2015 and Nice in 2016 in particular shook the country badly. Since 2015, more than 240 people have been killed in attacks by IS supporters in France.

The authorities regularly speak of a continued high risk. Source:, jwu / hul / AFP / dpa / rts „A powerful wave of protests shakes France. (Photo: imago / Michael Trammer) The economic engine in France is stuttering again. The central bank in Paris has to lower its forecast for the final quarter. The ongoing wave of protests is massively disrupting the supply chains in the industry. According to the central bank and government, violent protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s reform policies dampened the French economy at the end of the year. The Banque de France halved theirs Forecast for the growth of the gross domestic product in the current fourth quarter to 0.2 percent. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire also expects a setback: „I think the current events should lead to our losing growth of 0.1 points in the last quarter” , he told the radio station RTL. That would correspond to a loss of two billion euros. According to the central bank, st localized the wave of protest, especially supply chains in industry.

Retail is also suffering. According to estimates by the industry association, the stores lost around one billion euros in revenue during the important Christmas business. Many traders have kept their shops closed as a precautionary measure over fear of damage, and Macron plans to address the nation in a speech that evening after new protests. In Paris there had been riots for the fourth Saturday in a row, and there were protests in other cities.

Around 120 protesters and 20 police officers across the country were injured. The protests of the „yellow vests” broke out four weeks ago when almost 300,000 people took to the streets of France out of anger over the planned increase in the eco-tax. The head of state is increasingly criticized for not having been in the for over a week despite the ongoing protests Public has appeared. It is true that there were concessions, for example by dropping the controversial increase in the ecological tax. Macron, however, had left it to Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to announce the first radical U-turn during his presidency. Source:, wne / rts „At the weekend, more people want to join the” yellow vests „protests.

President Macron tries to appease. The planned tax increases for 2019 will not be implemented. A study shows that the French pay comparatively high taxes anyway. French President Emmanuel Macron has suspended the tax increases on petrol and diesel, which sparked violent protests in France, for the whole of 2019. Elysée circles confirmed corresponding media reports. Previously, after the heavy rioting at the weekend, Macron had asked political and union forces as well as employers to spread a „clear and explicit call for calm”.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said this after a cabinet meeting in which Macron had also attended. French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe had defended a six-month moratorium before the French National Assembly. The tax increase was originally planned for the turn of the year. The anger of the protest movement „Yellow Vests” was sparked by the increases. As a concession to the „yellow vests”, Philippe had already announced on Tuesday that he would suspend the increase for six months. Over the weekend, new riots are feared in the French capital.

A spokesman for the protest movement „Yellow Vests” told BFMTV on Tuesday that the demonstration should continue as long as there was no real change. Government spokesman Griveaux said the president had also said that some were aiming to attack the republic. Griveaux did not say who these attackers are. Macron had also condemned the opportunism of people who participated in such behavior or kept silent. It is not about political opposition now, but about the republic. Griveaux did not rule out that the military could be used in the future.

The police have shown a high level of professionalism in recent weeks – but the military has other tasks. During his government statement on ecological tax reform, Philippe had already said: „If we don’t find a good solution, we won’t introduce this tax.” The MPs then voted on the declaration. They voted in the evening with 358 votes for the declaration, 194 voted against. The result was not surprising: The presidential party La République En Marche (LREM) and allies have a large majority in the lower house of the French parliament. Supporters of the „yellow vests” have been demonstrating across the country for several weeks. According to a balance sheet by Prime Minister Philippe, four people were killed and hundreds injured.

Serious riots broke out in the French capital on Saturday with many injuries and an estimated million-dollar loss. The head of the conservative French Republicans called for a temporary state of emergency to prevent new riots in Paris on Saturday. The „yellow vests” could demonstrate without being „held hostage” by rioters, Laurent Wauquiez told France 2 broadcaster. Such a temporary state of emergency would also strengthen the security forces. Members of the French government had previously stated that a re-establishment of the state of emergency was not on the agenda, while the protest in France is expanding. In the coming week, the farmers want to demonstrate.

This was announced by the farmers’ union FNSEA. One reason for the anger of the farmers is „agri-bashing” – that is, sweeping attacks on the farming profession, explained chairwoman Christine Lambert. The Bauen felt „humiliated”.

The planned ban on the weed poison glyphosate is also annoying the farmers, and there are now protests at French high schools, and students are resisting reforms in the education sector. Ambulance drivers also demonstrated in Paris earlier this week. Their protest is against a reform of the financing of ambulance transports, which sparked a new debate over the controversial property tax.

It has been speculated that its abolition could not be overturned. The wealth tax was largely abolished with the Budget Act for 2018 – property ownership still has to be taxed, but taxes are largely eliminated for capital ownership. This ruling had earned Macron the reputation of being a „President of the Rich”. Philippe said in his speech to the National Assembly that the government did not fear a debate about the tax, and the OECD said that the tax rate – the tax revenue measured by economic output – is the highest among the highly developed countries in France. On average, in 34 OECD countries, the state levied taxes and social security contributions amounting to 34.2 percent of economic power.

In France, however, the state received 46.2 percent last year. The movement of the „yellow vests”, named after the safety vests in cars, is broad and diffuse. There is no union or party behind it. The protest movement has mainly mobilized on social networks such as Facebook. Their anger was sparked by the planned tax increases for diesel and gasoline – but the movement’s criticism is now much broader. The „yellow vests” complain that the cost of living is becoming more and more expensive. Source:, agr / dpa „Of the well over 1000 demonstrators on the Champs-Élysées, only about 200 were peaceful, according to the government. (Photo: picture alliance / dpa) For the third weekend in a row, the „yellow vests” demonstrate in France.

Riots broke out in Paris and more than a hundred people were arrested. The police used water cannons and tear gas to attack the demonstrators. The „Yellow Vests” demonstrations in Paris led to riots around the Champs-Élysées. The French interior minister Christophe Castaner announced that around 1500 „troublemakers” had clashes with the police. According to media reports, a total of between 2000 and 3000 people demonstrated on the Parisian boulevard.

The authorities had mobilized around 5,000 police officers. According to Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, there have been more than a hundred arrests. At least 700 „yellow vests” sat on the triumphal arch at the end of the boulevard, chanting Macron’s resignation. A police spokeswoman said seven demonstrators and three police officers were injured.

Police feared supporters of violent far-right and left-wing groups had mixed with the other demonstrators. Although the Champs-Élysées is pedestrianized, identity and security checks have been put in place at the entrances to the boulevard. The riots in the morning at the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Élysées were particularly violent. The police used water cannons and tear gas. Last Saturday there were already riots on the boulevard at a demonstration by the „yellow vests”. It is now the third weekend in a row that the protest group has demonstrated nationwide with large-scale actions.

These are the most violent protests since Macron’s tenure began 18 months ago. The „yellow vests” take to the streets to protest against rising fuel costs and the government’s reform policy. They are also demanding increases in minimum wages and pensions. Source:, agr / AFP / dpa / rts „Coordination with face mask, gloves and your own pen – special rules apply in France this Sunday. (Photo: imago images / Hans Lucas) In France, the highest level in the fight against the corona pandemic applies. Almost all public institutions are closed so that people can stay at home and not infect anyone.

50 million French people should still go to the polling station. In France, despite the corona virus, the first round of local elections is due. Although restaurants, bars and shops were closed last night in the fight against the spread of the virus, the French are expected to vote on the balance of power in local parliaments. Around 47.7 million people are called to vote. According to surveys, many citizens could stay away from the ballot boxes for fear of infection. Over the weekend, the number of infected people in France rose again massively.

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe therefore announced „Phase 3”, the highest level in the fight against the pandemic, on Saturday evening. This means that only facilities necessary for living, such as supermarkets, banks, petrol stations and pharmacies, are open.