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Second Paris Shooting Occurs As Police Continue Manhunt for Gunmen in Attack on Satirical French Newspaper

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As French police continue to search for two men involved in the attack on the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris Wednesday, a second deadly shooting occurred in the city's southern suburbs on Thursday morning.

CNN reports:

A police officer was shot there, and she died. And about 20 heavily armed police have an apartment building surrounded, pushing crowds back from the area.

Witnesses said the gunman, dressed in black like the Charlie Hebdo attackers and apparently wearing a bulletproof vest, got out of a car as police officers were dealing with a traffic accident and fired at two of them. The suspect hasn't been captured.

It is unclear whether Thursday's shooting in the Montrouge suburb is related to the Wednesday attack.

USA Today has more on the ongoing manhunt for the Charlie Hebdo shooting suspects:

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said there were "several arrests" overnight in the hunt for two terror suspects after three gunmen, wearing hoods and armed with Kalashnikov automatic rifles, stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, shouting Islamic phrases and killing 12 people.

Valls told RTL radio that seven people had been arrested since the attack, Reuters reported.

The suspected terrorist shooters are brothers, one of whom is well known to French law enforcement. Cherif Kouachi, now 32, served 18 months in prison on terrorism charges in 2008.

A third suspect, Mourad Hamyd,18, surrendered at a police station in Charleville-Mezieres, a small town in France's eastern Champagne region, Paris prosecutor's spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said, the Associated Press reported. She did not specify his relationship to the Kouachi brothers.

According to The Guardian, Wednesday's attack was not the first of its kind on the newspaper:

HebdoIn November 2011, the magazine’s offices were fire-bombed after it published a special edition, supposedly guest-edited by the prophet Muhammad and temporarily renamed “Charia Hebdo”. The cover was a cartoon of Muhammad threatening readers with “a hundred lashes if you don’t die laughing”.

The petrol bomb attack destroyed the Paris offices, the magazine’s website was hacked and staff including the editor were subjected to death threats. But that did not deter Charbonnier. Six days later, the magazine published a front page depicting a male Charlie Hebdo cartoonist passionately kissing a bearded Muslim man in front of the charred aftermath of the bombing. The headline was “L’Amour plus fort que la haine” – Love is stronger than hate.

Watch a video from The Guardian on the story and the vigils held to pay homage to the 12 victims in the attack, AFTER THE JUMP...

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12 Dead After Attack on Offices of Satirical Newspaper in Paris

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Twelve people (10 journalists and two police officers) have been confirmed dead and five injured after three gunmen opened fire this morning on the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris this morning. The attackers fled in a vehicle they carjacked and are still at large.

TIME reports:

A police spokesman told reporters the dead included ten journalists and two police officers, adding that five people were seriously injured. Earlier, Luc Poignard, a police union official, said two attackers escaped in two vehicles after opening fire at Charlie Hebdo. Witnesses said the gunmen headed to one of the exits of the city center, with the police in pursuit.

Rocco Contento, a spokesman for the Unité police union, told reporters that three attackers got into a getaway car driven by a fourth man on fleeing the building and drove to Port de Pantin in north-east Paris, where they abandoned the first car and hijacked a second – turning the driver out into the road.

The magazine was hit with a petrol bomb attack in 2011 after announcing that the Prophet Muhammed would be 'editor-in-chief' of its next issue. According to The Guardian, the paper's most recent tweet and its current cover concerned Islamism.

The paper's current editor-in-chief was in London today at the time of the attacks, according to the Press Association.

Videos and tweets (some graphic) showing the attackers began appearing online shortly after the attacks.

A tweet from a French journalist allegedly showed the gunmen outside the offices:

Four among those killed have been named by media sources, but not confirmed officially, according to the Guardian -

They are the magazine’s editor and cartoonist, Stéphane Charbonnier, known as Charb; and three other cartoonists: Cabu, Georges Wolinski and Bernard Verlhac, known as Tignous. The Guardian is awaiting official confirmation of these names.

President Francois Hollande condemned the attack:

As did President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Said Obama:

I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time. France is America's oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended. France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers. We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice.

Said Merkel:

This abominable act is not only an attack on the lives of French citizens and their security. It is also an attack on freedom of speech and the press, core elements of our free democratic culture. In no way can this be justified.

The hashtag #JeSuisCharlie is being used online to show solidarity with the victims of the attack, according to The Guardian, and is currently trending worldwide...

The Guardian has a liveblog of events surrounding the attacks.


WATCH LIVE: Final Show Of Lady Gaga's ArtRAVE Tour

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If you missed Lady Gaga's worldwide tour, you now have a chance to watch her concert for free as Yahoo is livestreaming the final performance of Lady Gaga's ArtRAVE tour from Paris today. The tour, which started May 4, is listed as the second highest grossing tour of the year with a revenue of $46.9 million, and is expected to top $60 million when all the figures from her last few European dates are taken into account reports Billboard. Despite the lukewarm reception of the album when it was released last year, NewsdayThe Hollywood Reporter and The Guardian both gave glowing reviews about the tour and its theatrics commending the heart and intensity Gaga puts into her performances. 

If there's one thing about a Lady Gaga concert, it's that anything can, and mostly likely will, happen. Over the course of the tour she's had couples propose to each other on stage, belted out impromptu classic covers and performed songs from her new album with Tony Bennet, "Cheek to Cheek." The setlist includes fan favorites such as "Bad Romance," "Paparazzi," "Just Dance," and "Born This Way." Of course it's not a Gaga show without props including a latex squid outfit, lucite runways, lazer lights and cannabis-shaped confetti. 

The livestream of the Paris show can be watched AFTER THE JUMP...

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Vandals Destroy Sexually-Suggestive 'Tree' Installation in Paris Square: PHOTO

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Vandals pulled the plug on Paul McCarthy's wondrous inflatable sex toy 'tree' in Paris's Place Vendome last night when a security guard wasn't looking.

And this is why we can't have nice things.


Paul McCarthy Erects Minimalist, Inflatable 'Tree' in Historical Parisian Square: VIDEO

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Paul McCarthy's latest inflatable art installation Tree has been erected in Place Vendome, one of Paris’s historic squares located within the 1st arrondissement. Affixed to the ground with a system of ropes and anchors, Tree is a gargantuan, minimalist take on a Christmas tree that evokes images of...Rockefeller Center. Also bounce houses.

The iconic figure is a part of  a larger Parisian survey that McCarthy’ is calling “Chocolate Factory.” The entire installation is serving as the centerpiece of the International Contemporary Art Fair. Timed to coincide with the grand reopening of the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint), “Chocolate Factory” focuses on the intersection between mass production, consumption, and hedonism. As a part of the larger, festive project factory workers will produce thousands of chocolate Santa Claus figurines holding miniature versions of Tree.

Chiara Parisi, head of the Monnaie de Paris’s cultural outreach, described McCarthy’s work as a dream that has entered the public space.

“This tree is like a giant fantasy; in the French tradition, it’s a fantastical work,” she said. “It’s oversized, it can be analyzed from different angles. It needs that kind of ambiguity too.”

Printemps Francais, an anti-gay hate group known for their vociferous hatred of modern art took to Twitter to decry the Monnaie for what they perceive as a waste of public funds. What Printemps Francais has against McCarthy for his work isn’t exactly clear, but their calls for him to pull the plug on the installation seem to be falling upon deaf ears. 

Watch footage of Tree's erection and viewer's impressions AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tens of Thousands of Anti-gay Demonstrators March in France for 'Family Values' - VIDEO

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In a follow-up to last year's wave of anti-gay protests in France, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Paris and Bordeaux Sunday to rally for so-called "traditional family values" and against surrogacy medically assisted pregnancy.

AFP reports the rally was organized by the "Manif pour Tous" ("Protest for Everyone") - the group responsible for last year's anti-gay grassroots movement in the country. The group estimated some 500,000 people took part in the demonstration. Police however claimed 70,000 were present in the capital. In Bordeaux, police said 7,500 people turned out for the march while organizers said 30,000.

Said one demonstrator speaking to Euronews:

"A man meets another man. They see each other for two weeks, they get together, and suddenly they have a child. They separate and then what becomes of the child? It's the same for a woman. Two women together isn't normal. God created a man and a woman."

Watch a Euronews report on the rally, AFTER THE JUMP...

The AFP adds:

An Ifop poll for the Atlantico website on Sunday showed that less than a third (31 percent) of French people were behind the values of the demonstration.

All outThe "All Out" gay rights organisation called for a counter-demonstration "for equality of all couples and families", but drew only a few hundred people under the rain in a central Paris square, Place de la Republique.

An Internet petition it launched, however, attracted more than 200,000 signatures by Sunday.

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