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Man killed and security guard injured in ‘settling of scores’ outside Paris hospital

A man has died while a female security guard was seriously injured in a shooting outside a Paris hospital on Monday.

Man killed and security guard injured in 'settling of scores' outside Paris hospital
Police have sealed off the area around the Henry Dunant hospital in Paris. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

The incident happened at around 1.40pm on Monday at the Henry Dunant private hospital owned by the Red Cross in the upmarket 16th district of the capital.

The two victims were taken into the hospital for treatment. One, a man, died of his injuries while a woman who worked as a hospital security guard is receiving care for serious injuries.

Officials have ruled out a terrorist motive, with witness statement appearing to point to a targeted attack on the man.

The perpetrator fled the scene on a scooter.

The hospital is a private facility specialising in geriatric care but is currently, like most hospitals in Paris, also running a Covid-19 vaccine centre. 

Francis Szpiner, mayor of the 16th arrondiseement, told BFMTV: “We really think it was a settling of scores, it’s not an attack on the vaccination centre.

 “It would seem that the security guard was hit by a stray bullet,” he said, adding that the attacker had fired several rounds at the man.

Several French media had also quoted police sources saying they were exploring a private disagreement or settling of scores as the motive for the attack. 

“I heard six loud shots while I was having lunch around 1.30 pm,” the caretaker of a nearby building told AFP.

“I went out immediately, and I saw a young black man on the ground, face down, outside the hospital. He was maybe 20 or 30 years old and he was already dead,” said the caretaker, who declined to give her name.

The owner of a restaurant across the street from the hospital told the BFMTV television channel that he also heard shots ringing out.

“I turned around and I saw a guy with a hoodie firing. Then I saw him approach a guy lying on the ground and put two bullets in his head to finish him off,” he said.

“The shooter walked off with amazing calmness, as if nothing had happened,” he said.

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  1. Look at the picture, is it just me who thinks that that pony tail of the female police is dangerous for her safety? For sure an easy ‘handle’ to get her attention off the situation? Never mind………

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How France plans to prevents youngsters accessing online pornography

France is set to announce new measures this week to prevent youngsters from accessing porn websites, in the latest round of a years-long struggle to protect children from explicit material.

How France plans to prevents youngsters accessing online pornography

“I plan to put an end to this scandal,” Digital Affairs Minister Jean-Noel Barrot told the Parisien newspaper on Monday.

France’s data protection and media regulators Cnil and Arcom are set to announce their latest proposals to rein in porn websites which are in theory subject to a 2020 law requiring age verification.

Previous attempts have been held up by privacy and technical concerns, as well as court action by the websites.

To its frustration last September, a Paris court ordered Arcom to enter into mediation with several porn websites including market leader Pornhub, holding up efforts to block them.

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Under the new proposal, people wanting to access explicit material will need to download a phone application that provides them with a digital certificate and code, the Parisien reported.

The code will be needed to access a porn website under a system “which will work a bit like the checks from your bank when you buy something online,” Barrot told the newspaper.

“2023 will mark the end of our children accessing pornographic sites,” he added.

President Emmanuel Macron, who is married to former school teacher Brigitte Macron, promised to make protecting children from porn a priority during his bid for re-election last year.

In November, he launched the Children Online Protection Laboratory, an initiative that aims to bring together industry giants and researchers to look for ways to shield minors online.

In September last year, a report entitled “Hell Behind the Scenes” by French senators concluded that there was “massive, ordinary and toxic” viewing of porn by children.

The report found that two thirds of children aged 15 or less had seen pornographic content.

The French production industry has been roiled by a series of sexual assault cases in recent years in which women have come forward to allege rape, mistreatment and manipulation by directors and fellow actors.

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