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One dead in Paris after speeding car ploughs into café terrace

One person has died after a car crashed into a café terrace in the 17th arrondissement of Paris on Thursday night. Authorities are treating it as an accident.

One dead in Paris after speeding car ploughs into café terrace
The car's passenger was transported to the hospital. Photo: GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP.

A further six people were injured, at least one seriously, in the incident which took place on Rue Sauffroy, according to reports.

“It seems at this time – and this is the most important thing – that it was accidental, even if the accident was dramatic,” Paris police chief Didier Lallement told reporters upon arriving on the scene.

The vehicle was advancing at a high speed when the driver lost control, with the car then rolling over and crashing into the Bar Aux Sports situated on the corner of Rue Guy Môquet and Rue Sauffroy, authorities said.

Image: Google Maps.

“A 35-year-old woman who was on the terrace has unfortunately died. The driver of the vehicule ran away on foot and another passenger from the vehicule has been evacuated to the Beaujon hospital in critical condition,” said Geoffroy Boulard, mayor of the 17th arrondissement.

Boulard later tweeted: “Tragic road accident on rue Sauffroy with one woman killed, hit on the pavement protected by bollards, by a reckless driver. Several seriously injured.”

The incident took place at around 10:30pm on Thursday evening, according to a witness interviewed by AFP. Shortly after 11:30pm, the Préfecture de Police tweeted: “Rue Sauffroy Police operation underway. Avoid the area.”

A manslaughter investigation has been opened against the driver, according to Le Figaro.

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Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Frenchman Sebastien Raoult pleaded not guilty to cybercrimes Friday in Seattle federal court, two days after he was extradited from Morocco.

Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Federal Judge Michelle Peterson told the 21-year-old Raoult that he was charged with nine counts, including conspiracy, computer intrusion, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Raoult listened through an interpreter.

After Raoult’s plea of not guilty, the judge ordered him to be detained as a flight risk until a hearing April 3.

Moroccan authorities arrested Raoult at Rabat airport May 31 at the request of the US Department of Justice. Along with Raoult, two other French nationals were also arrested, Gabriel Bildstein, 23, and Abdel-Hakim El-Ahmadi, 22.

According to Raoult’s indictment, he and the other two men are alleged to have formed a hacking team, dubbed “ShinyHunters,” to steal confidential data from 60 companies to sell on the dark web where criminals routinely operate.

Some of the companies are located in the Seattle area.

According to experts, beginning in 2020, the hackers stole customer data from the Indonesian e-commerce site Tokopedia, the US clothing brand Bonobos, the US telecom AT&T and many other companies, putting the personal data for sale on the dark web.

The criminal charges carry a possible jail term of up to 27 years in prison.

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