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Marie Curie hon­oured; Macron crit­i­cised and se­ri­ous flood­ing causes evac­u­a­tions.

Six years be­fore it hosts the Olympics, Paris wel­comed com­peti­tors from all over the world for the 10th Gay Games. Thou­sands of peo­ple were in­volved in the event which is a sport­ing con­test mod­elled on the Olympics but aimed at pro­mot­ing LGBT rights and bat­tling ho­mo­pho­bia in sport. De­spite the name, com­peti­tors don’t have to be a mem­ber of the LGBT com­mu­nity to com­pete. Events were held at venues across France’s cap­i­tal city from 4-12 Au­gust.

A shock­ing video show­ing a young wo­man be­ing as­saulted by a man who was ha­rass­ing her has led to a new law be­ing passed in France. Just days af­ter the se­cu­rity footage of the at­tack on Parisian stu­dent Marie La­guerre went vi­ral through so­cial me­dia, MPS ap­proved new mea­sures to tackle sex­ual ha­rass­ment. Be­hav­iour such as wolf-whistling on the street or on pub­lic trans­port, could now see the of­fender handed a fine of be­tween €90-750.

Bri­tain’s long­est-serv­ing poppy seller, who spent 20 years liv­ing in France, has been pre­sented with an MBE. Rose­mary Pow­ell, aged 103, was given the hon­our for her vol­un­tary ser­vice. While in France, Rose­mary sold blue corn­flow­ers of re­mem­brance, which are the French equiv­a­lent of pop­pies. The blue corn­flower is known as Le Bleuet de France and is a sym­bol to hon­our and remember vic­tims of war.

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