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.