French TV reported on Friday morning that score settling may be behind the third murder in five days in the southern city of Marseille.

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Marseille: third fatal shooting in one week

French TV reported on Friday morning that score settling may be behind the third murder in five days in the southern city of Marseille.

A man was shot dead and another was injured in a snack bar in the city late on Thursday night.

BFM TV reported that the attack was carried out with a Kalashnikov weapon.

The two victims were aged 41 and 32 reported newspaper 20 Minutes.

“This involved one shooter, perhaps with a second individual,” said the public prosecutor, Jacques Dallest.

“He started shooting inside the bar, killing one man and seriously injuring one other who was seemingly an employee.”

A total of 30 gun cartridges and bullet marks were found in the bar.

“We don’t know if the dead man was a client or worked in the bar,” he said. 

The shooting rounds off a week of violence in the city which is known for its problems with crime. 

On Sunday night a man was shot dead by police after a car chase in the town of Vitrolles, north of Marseille. 

The next day a Romanian man was also shot dead by police after a burglary in the northern part of the city. 

Interior minister Claude Guéant installed a new senior official, Alain Gardère, to combat crime in the city in August. 

He also pledged a reinforcement of 360 additional police officers for the city, including 200 from the anti-riot CRS squad.

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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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