Controversial Outburst on News of Higher Parking Charges for SUVs in Paris

Motorists driving SUVs in Paris may soon face higher parking fees compared to other vehicles, as part of a new initiative proposed by the city’s socialist mayor, Anne Hidalgo.

Critics argue that Hidalgo’s announcement aims to divert attention from controversy surrounding her €60,000 two-week trip to the South Pacific, funded by taxpayers. Hidalgo, known for her anti-car stance in Paris, previously held a referendum in April advocating for the ban of rental e-scooters, which passed with only 7.5% voter turnout.

Hidalgo now plans to conduct a vote on Feb 4 next year to determine whether parking fees for SUVs should be increased. The vote is open to all registered Paris residents who cast their vote by Jan 8.

In justifying the proposal, Hidalgo stated, “With this vote, we want to say ‘stop’—stop the excesses of car manufacturers, who are pushing people to buy ever bigger, more expensive, more raw material-intensive, more polluting vehicles.”

David Belliard, the mayoral deputy overseeing transport and leader of the Green Party in the Paris council, emphasized, “There is a section of the population that has had enough of these SUVs.”

The potential increase in parking fees would apply to combustion or rechargeable hybrid vehicles weighing 1.6 tons or more, and electric SUVs weighing two tons or more. Fees would be levied only if residents parked outside their designated residential spaces or zones. Notably, SUV ownership in Paris’ 20 arrondissements is relatively low, with suburban motorists who drive into the city likely to be most affected by the proposed higher fees. However, these suburban motorists will not have the opportunity to vote in the upcoming referendum.

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Tragic Incident and Social Unrest: French Police Shooting of a 17-Year-Old Sparks Protests

The tragic incident involving the killing of a 17-year-old teenager by French police at a traffic stop in the western Paris suburb of Nanterre has ignited widespread outrage and sparked protests throughout the country. The incident, which occurred on a Tuesday morning, has once again brought to the forefront the contentious issue of police violence and prompted renewed debate about law enforcement practices in France.

The Incident and Initial Reactions:

According to reports, the teenager, identified as Nahel M., was driving a rental car when he was pulled over by the police for an alleged traffic violation. During the encounter, shots were fired, resulting in Nahel being fatally wounded. The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation, and it is crucial to await the official findings before drawing definitive conclusions.

However, the news of this tragic event spread rapidly, leading to an immediate outpouring of grief, anger, and frustration from community members, activists, and human rights organizations. Many individuals have criticized the police for what they perceive as excessive use of force, particularly against young individuals.

The Protests and Public Reaction:

In response to the shooting, protests erupted in various cities across France, demonstrating the strong public sentiment and demand for justice. Demonstrators have taken to the streets to express their anger, calling for accountability and an end to police brutality. The protests have been largely peaceful, though some instances of clashes between protesters and law enforcement have been reported.

The demonstrators are demanding a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident, with a focus on holding those responsible accountable for their actions. They also seek wider systemic changes to address the underlying issues of racial profiling, discrimination, and excessive use of force by the police.

Government Response and Reforms:

The French government has acknowledged the gravity of the situation and expressed its condolences to the family of the teenager. President Emmanuel Macron has called for a swift and impartial investigation, stressing the importance of finding the truth and ensuring justice is served.

In addition to the ongoing investigation, there have been calls for comprehensive police reforms to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. These reforms include enhanced training programs for law enforcement officers, increasing accountability measures, and promoting dialogue and community engagement to build trust between the police and citizens.


The tragic killing of a 17-year-old teenager by French police at a traffic stop has deeply affected the nation, leading to widespread protests and renewed scrutiny of law enforcement practices. While it is essential to await the official investigation’s findings, the incident has highlighted longstanding concerns about police violence and the need for systemic changes to prevent such tragedies.

Efforts to address these issues, including rigorous investigations, legal accountability, and meaningful police reform, are crucial to rebuilding trust between the police and the communities they serve. It is through such actions that France can strive towards a society where fairness, justice, and respect for human rights prevail.

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French Automaker Renault Faces $110 Million Lawsuit in Russia

A group of Russian car dealerships is demanding 8.5 billion rubles ($110 million) in compensation from French automaker Renault, alleging financial losses following the company’s exit from the country. The Russian Renault dealers submitted a proposal to Renault France on May 2, addressing the company’s president, Jean-Dominique Senard.

According to Aleksey Podshchekoldin, president of the Russian Automobile Dealers Association, this marks their second attempt to settle the compensation issue out of court. Podshchekoldin believes that reaching an agreement would be the most favorable outcome, given the longstanding relationship between Renault and Russia, as well as the brand’s popularity in the country. Over the past two decades, more than 2 million vehicles have been sold at over 150 dealerships across Russia.

The association has cautioned that if a resolution is not reached, the dealers will be prepared to take legal action, which could damage Renault’s reputation and hinder the brand’s potential return to Russia.

After halting operations in March, Renault officially exited the Russian market in mid-May. The company divested its 100% stake in Renault Russia and its 68% stake in Russian car manufacturer AVTOVAZ. These assets were subsequently transferred to Russian state ownership. Renault recorded a write-down of over $2 billion due to its withdrawal from its second-largest market.

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The Rising Controversy Around Car Parking Charges in French Hospitals

France is well known for its car parking issue, with many parking spaces charging exuberant prices for a few hours of parking. Some hospital parking charges have been called ‘intolerable’. France’s health minister said the problem is ‘not a priority compared to helping people get care.

However, a recent controversy has been brought up surrounding the case of car parking outside hospitals. Most people visit hospitals for an emergency, and having to pay an exorbitant sum to park their car outside the premises has triggered many French residents. 

When questioned on the issue, François Braun told BFMTV: “I do not manage hospital parking prices. I agree about this issue, but I am not going to solve the [problem of the] cost of hospital parking immediately.

“I think our health system has many other difficulties. There are people who are still very far from being able to get care, and that is my priority.”

French people, however, do not agree with François Braun’s statement and believe that he should oversee the matter on a priority basis. The health minister needs to do more to reduce the charges, especially since he agrees with the issue. If the parking charges for French cars aren’t cut down or reduced, we may see riots similar to the May 1st riots in most cities. 

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Macron Urges for Year-end Implementation of Controversial French Pension Program After Multiple French Cars Burned

French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that the pension bill he pushed through without a vote in parliament needs to be implemented by the “end of the year,” sticking to his decision to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 despite mass protests.

When the United States of America lived what they lived at the Capitol, when Brazil lived what it lived, when you have seen extreme violence in Germany, The Netherlands, or sometimes here at home in the past … we must say that we do respect (peaceful protesters), we do listen, we’re trying to move the country forward … but we cannot accept factious people nor factions,” he said.

Macron acknowledged that a majority of the French are opposed to the reform. “But between opinion polls and the general interest of the country, I’m choosing the general interest … And if it means bearing unpopularity afterwards, I will bear it.”

He also said he “trusts” Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne to continue leading the government, suggesting he is not planning a government reshuffle.

The stubborn attitude by Macron may lead to more protests in France, as residents take to the streets and burn French cars. 

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French Citizens Call for Harder Fines on Drug Driving After French Actor’s Crash.

French comedian and actor Pierre Palmade caused a head-on crash in the village of Villiers-en-Biere during February, while he was driving under the influence of cocaine. The crash led to the death of a 27-year-old pregnant women, while a 38 year old man and a 6-year-old child are still in intensive care. 

If he is found guilty of causing the baby’s death by ‘involuntary manslaughter’, Mr Palmade risks 20 years of prison, especially given his long and well-documented history with drugs.

If not, he still risks five years in prison, and 10 years if his drug history (and previous related convictions) are taken into account.

The accident has caused uproar in Paris, with many calling for stricter fines and ban on drug driving. 

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has also called for perpetrators to have their license revoked. He told le Journal du Dimanche: “Naming things properly enables us to acknowledge the magnitude of these events.”

He has particularly called for the word ‘involuntary’ to be removed from the crime’s title, to be replaced instead with ‘road homicide’ (rather than ‘involuntary homicide’ caused by the consumption of drugs or alcohol).

Mr. Darmanin has also said that anyone who consumes alcohol or drugs before driving should have 12 points taken from their license, which would, in practice, mean their license is suspended.

This is in contrast to the current laws, which state that a driver can only have their license taken away for a second offence.

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Headscarved Women Beaten by French Police After Speeding Car Rage

Two young women aged in their 20s have been beaten and put into custody by French police after a case resulting from police over speeding. 

Myriam said police officers, who were speeding near the crosswalk under the Clichy Bridge, were about to hit her friend and her.

The officers were speeding, Myriam said, although the green light for pedestrians was showing.

Later, the officers called out to the girls, who thought they just wanted to talk.

Then, one officer got out of the car and held the women’s arms.

“Then he started to beat me in the face, and took all his rage out on me,” Myriam said. She started to shout and witnesses came to intervene.

Myriam and Maryam took refuge in a mosque, afraid that the policemen would follow them.

“I had blood in my mouth,” Myriam added.

She said they filed a complaint but it was dismissed a few months ago.

“Our lawyer will not quit, he will keep on fighting,” she continued.

After being hit by the officer, she fainted, she said, adding that she has health issues and a heart condition.

“My friend on the floor was the last thing I saw,” Maryam added.

The young woman also said that they were called to testify for assaulting the police officers and resisting them.

Car Displaying French Flag Kills 14-Year-Old Morocco Fan

The World Cup was an exciting time for global fans. There were speculations over Qatar’s potential to pull off sport’s greatest spectacle, but not only has the Middle East delivered on its promise, but has also united fans from over the world. 

However, all was not peace and serene during the world cup, as fan protests in France turned ugly. The city of Montpellier was host to routine fan events, but one such event turned ugly after a French car displaying the French flag ran over a young person from Morocco. 

Without mentioning either the identity nor age of the victim, the Herault prefecture in France’s Montpellier wrote a brief note about the “violent” hit-and-run event.

“A young boy was violently hit [on] Wednesday evening in Montpellier by a driver after the semi-final match of the football World Cup. He was transferred to the hospital in absolute emergency, where he died shortly after medical treatment. My thoughts are with his family and friends,” the prefecture wrote.

While authorities are currently displaying the atrocity as an accident, local eye witness records believe there could be some foul play at work, especially since there were riots between the two sets of fans earlier. 

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French Car Murder Sparks Unusual Interest

In a mystery straight out of an Inspector Maigret novel, Normandy’s state prosecutor has appealed to the public to help discover who it is that might be dead.

“In my 23 years as a magistrate, I have never seen a situation like this,” said Rémi Coutin.

“We don’t have a body,” he said.

“And we don’t have an identity for the person who we believe to have been killed.”

Police think that on 9 March, the suspect, driving a black Audi under the influence of alcohol, knocked over a woman cyclist on a road near the town of Grand Bourgtheroulde, 140km (85 miles) north-west of Paris.

The only piece of evidence generated by the police right now is an account from the 46-year-old suspect’s girlfriend. The girlfriend narrated the offense to police officials and mentioned that her bf had knocked someone over with their car and later went to knock them out with a spade. 

The entire accident was narrated by the suspect himself, who first confessed to the murder while drunk, but later narrated the entire series of events when in his senses. 

Police are confused as well, since no missing person report has been filed during the period and no one is sure who the victim was.  

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France announces it will withdraw from controversial Energy Treaty

The country of France is the latest European nation to back out of a controversial energy treaty on Friday. The treaty is believed to be incompatible with the Paris climate accord. 

President Emmanuel Macron revealed that France would be withdrawing from the Energy Charter Treaty on the sidelines of the European Council summit in Brussels.

“We have decided to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, first because it’s in line with the positions we’ve taken, notably the Paris Accord and what it implies,” he said at a press conference.

“The war on European soil must not make us forget our climatic requirements and our imperative to reduce CO2 emissions,” he added.

The Energy Charter Treaty was signed in 1994 and has more than 50 signatories, including the European Union, and is meant to promote “international cooperation in the energy sector.”

Previously, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, and Germany had all backed away from the treaty. Italy was the first to back out in 2016 after it felt the treaty wasn’t in the best interests of the industry. 

The Dutch climate minister believes that the treaty can prove harmful to fossil fuels. Macron’s decision may prove detrimental to the French car industry but can open doors to collaboration between European countries when it comes to the climate. 

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