Police have caught up with the leading suspect in the case of a 33-year-old Indian man who died when he ended up on the tracks of a metro line.

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Metro death suspect held by Paris police

Police have caught up with the leading suspect in the case of a 33-year-old Indian man who died when he ended up on the tracks of a metro line.

The 23-year-old man was arrested in a bar in the northern Pigalle area of the city at 6.30pm on Tuesday evening, according to newspaper Le Figaro.

The story of Rajinder Singh, who went by the nickname Babu, has stirred up much emotion and sympathy in France. He died after going to the aid of a woman who was being mugged on a metro train on Thursday evening. 

After continuing a scuffle with the attacker on the platform at the Crimée station in the north of the city he was either pushed or fell onto the tracks and was electrocuted, dying instantly. 

Police used video surveillance footage to help identify the man. According to the newspaper, the man of Egyptian origin fled the scene of the death but returned shortly afterwards, showing his face to cameras. 

The dead man was originally from the Punjab state of India and came to Paris seven years ago to earn money to help his family. He had been working as a pizza deliverer and had moved into an apartment with his girlfriend.

A moving tribute to Rajinder Singh in Wednesday’s Le Parisien newspaper prompted hundreds of supportive comments on the newspaper’s website and its Facebook page. 

“This man died simply because he put himself between a victim and a mugger,” said one. “If we all had the same values, Babu wouldn’t be dead.”

The newspaper also reported that Mr Singh’s family in India was desperate for his body to be sent home for a traditional funeral, but that friends were struggling to get the €5,000 ($6,600) required for the journey. The charitable foundation of the Paris transport network, Fondation RATP, has stepped in and will cover the costs.

“The president of RATP, Pierre Mongin, has been very touched by this drama and would like us to cover all repatriation costs,” said Florence Rodet, head of the foundation.

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ENERGY

City of lights out: Paris energy-saving measures come into effect

The first energy-saving measures for Paris' monuments and cultural establishments, as outlined by Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo on September 13th, came into effect on Friday. Here's the full list of what's changed.

City of lights out: Paris energy-saving measures come into effect

Lights will be turned off earlier

All external ornamental facades and municipal monuments managed by the city will now go dark at 10pm.

The buildings affected are:

  • L’Hôtel de Ville
  • The 17 district mairies
  • QJ (the former mairie of the 1st arrondissement)
  • L’Académie du Climat (former mairie of the 4th arrondissement)
  • La Fabrique de la Solidarité (former mairie of the 2nd arrondissement)
  • La Caserne Napoléon (4th arrondissement)
  • La Tour Saint-Jacques (4th arrondissement)

Lights will be switched off at cultural establishments at 10pm or as soon as performances finish. This affects:

  • Le théâtre du Châtelet
  • La Gaité Lyrique
  • Le théâtre de la Ville
  • Le Musée d’Art Moderne
  • Le Petit Palais
  • Le Palais Galliera
  • Le Musée Carnavalet
  • Le Musée de la Vie romantique

And the Eiffel Tower, which is usually bathed in a warm glow until 1am, will now be turned off at 11.45pm.

However, as previously announced at the press conference on September 13th, for safety reasons, public lighting in the streets of Paris will remain on.

Swimming pool temperatures will be slightly cooler

This measure also came into effect this weekend.

Water temperatures have been reduced to 26C from 27C and air temperatures to 25C from 26C in the capital’s 31 pools that are managed by the city.

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Other previously announced energy-saving measures related to the heating of city buildings and included turning on the heating 30 minutes later in the morning and, for administrative buildings, pushing the start of the winter heating season back by one month to All Saints’ Day holidays (November 1st).

And, depending on the quality of the construction, temperatures will be gradually scaled back by 1C to be set at 18C during the day and 12C at night and when buildings are unoccupied.

The heating measures will be implemented in consultation with the users of the buildings. But buildings that house vulnerable people, such as care homes and nurseries, are exempt from these measures.

The measures form part of the city’s energy-saving plans agreed to protect residents from long-term price hikes and to help combat global warming.

They came as energy prices surged to record levels at the end of August – they reached €1,000/MWh, 12 times higher than the price seen in the same period a year earlier.

These new measures will save around 60GWh of energy in the coming weeks, i.e. more than 80 percent of the city’s 10 percent energy-saving target for this winter.

Further energy-saving measures are set to be announced soon, the Mayor’s office said in a press release on Friday.

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