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Shocking brawl between French rappers hits flights at Paris airport

A mass-brawl between two French rappers and their clans in front of shocked holidaymakers at Orly airport in Paris on Wednesday led to flights being delayed and forced police to close part of the terminal.

Shocking brawl between French rappers hits flights at Paris airport
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The fight took place at at around 3pm in the shopping area of Hall 1 between rappers Booba and rival Kaaris and their members of their two entourages.

Videos posted on Twitter by witnesses showed around a dozen men launching repeated kicks and punches at each other while shocked holidaymakers flee to get out of their way.

The two rappers, Booba, dressed in a black T-shirt and Kaaris, dressed in grey, who have long been enemies, can be seen exchanging several punches. The fight spilled into a duty free perfume shop where several men can be seen punching another man who was cornered.

One of the men appears to be wielding a bottle of perfume as he repeatedly throws punches.

The brawl was only broken up when police and airport security arrived.

Airport authorities later announced that the men were being held by police and that Hall 1 was temporarily closed.

Passengers were warned to expect to delays to their flights.

Both rappers were heading to Barcelona where they were due to play live at two night different nightclubs just a stone's throw away from each other.

But those concerts are unlikely to go ahead given that the two rappers were arrested and taken into custody.

In all police made 13 arrests. Officers were studying CCTV to determine the role of each the arrested men.

 

 

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French airport to close in August for repair work on main runway

A major programme of renovation work has been ongoing at Lille-Lesquin airport, but now airport bosses say that the terminal will have to close completely for a short period.

French airport to close in August for repair work on main runway
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The works have been going on at the north east France airport since November 2018, but now airport bosses say they have no choice but to close completely for two days in August to allow works to be done on the main runway.

There will therefore be no flights taking off or landing at Lille between 11pm on Monday, August 5th and 2pm on Wednesday, August 7th.

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Flights for those days are being diverted to either Ostend in Belgium or Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

The airport operators are offering free shuttle buses to ferry people to and from the diverted airport, but at 223km to Paris or 72km to Ostend, that will add significantly to journey times for flights.

For example anyone booked on the 6am flight to Varna, Bulgaria, will have to depart from Lille airport in the shuttle bus at 00.30 in order to get to Paris CDG in time to catch their flight.

Lille airport bosses apologised in advance to passengers for the disruption, but said that August was the most appropriate month to carry out the closures.

For a full list of the flights affected, and the timetable of the shuttle bus alternative, click here.

The site warns that some details are subject to change, so we would suggest that people check again nearer to their flight date.

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