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Pregnant woman pushed from car on motorway

Two people were injured, one seriously, and a pregnant woman was pushed out of a car after a violent fight broke out in the 12th arrondissement of Paris last night.

About 12 Romanian people were reportedly involved in the fight on the south eastern edge of the French capital.

Witnesses claim a man, after having been beaten with a bar, fled the scene in a car. In an attempt to take control of the vehicle, the man pushed a pregnant woman out of it on a motorway just outside the city.

The pregnant woman was taken to hospital, and the man was arrested shortly after the incident.

Police do not yet know the cause of the fight, but have confirmed all those taken in for questioning have been placed in custody.

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Paris police warn tourists about ‘petition’ scam

Paris police have issued a warning to tourists to beware of scams targeting visitors that involve false petitions and donation drives.

Paris police warn tourists about 'petition' scam

The police préfecture in Paris has released an announcement warning tourists about a scam that might be used to target them especially. 

The scam involves young boys and girls asking people to sign their petitions and requesting that they give a donation. In reality, many people – especially tourists or those unfamiliar with the local area – find themselves giving their money away to a false organisation.

In other cases, the petition acts as a distraction while pickpockets target the visitors.

Frequently, these scams involve the young people feigning deafness or the inability to speak, and pretending to collect funds on behalf of NGO for the hard of hearing. 

The scam is just one of a number that criminals use to prey on tourists, and visitors return to Paris after a two-year break, police are warning people to be vigilant – especially in tourist hotspots such as Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower area or in transport interchanges such as Gare du Nord.

READ MORE: Warning: 6 of the most common scams in France to watch out for

For more advice on how to stay safe in Paris as a tourist, you can read the police “Guide for Staying Safe in Paris

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