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Topless demonstrator joins in anti-Islamophobia march through the streets of Paris

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Thousands marched through Paris today in an anti-Islamophobia demonstration that has divided France‘s political class.

Organisers said they had called the rally in a sign of support two weeks after a man with far-right connections fired shots in a mosque in the southwestern city of Bayonne, injuring two elderly men.

A topless woman, who had ‘we’re not promoting secularism’ written on her chest, also joined the protest, but appears to be from the feminist group Femen protesting for a secular society.

Thousands marched through Paris today in an anti-Islamophobia demonstration that has divided France's political class. A topless woman (pictured), who had 'we're not promoting secularism' written on her chest, also joined the protest, but appears to be from the feminist group Femen protesting for a secular society

Thousands marched through Paris today in an anti-Islamophobia demonstration that has divided France's political class. A topless woman (pictured), who had 'we're not promoting secularism' written on her chest, also joined the protest, but appears to be from the feminist group Femen protesting for a secular society

Thousands marched through Paris today in an anti-Islamophobia demonstration that has divided France’s political class. A topless woman (pictured), who had ‘we’re not promoting secularism’ written on her chest, also joined the protest, but appears to be from the feminist group Femen protesting for a secular society

Organisers said they had called the rally in a sign of support two weeks after a man with far-right connections fired shots in a mosque in the southwestern city of Bayonne, injuring two elderly men. Pictured: The topless woman today

Organisers said they had called the rally in a sign of support two weeks after a man with far-right connections fired shots in a mosque in the southwestern city of Bayonne, injuring two elderly men. Pictured: The topless woman today

Organisers said they had called the rally in a sign of support two weeks after a man with far-right connections fired shots in a mosque in the southwestern city of Bayonne, injuring two elderly men. Pictured: The topless woman today

Members of hard-left parties took part in the march, though some others in the centre stayed away saying it threatened France's tradition of secularism. Pictured: The topless woman in the crowd today

Members of hard-left parties took part in the march, though some others in the centre stayed away saying it threatened France's tradition of secularism. Pictured: The topless woman in the crowd today

Members of hard-left parties took part in the march, though some others in the centre stayed away saying it threatened France’s tradition of secularism. Pictured: The topless woman in the crowd today

Protesters wave French flags as they march near the Gare du Nord, in Paris to protest against Islamophobia on Sunday

Protesters wave French flags as they march near the Gare du Nord, in Paris to protest against Islamophobia on Sunday

Protesters wave French flags as they march near the Gare du Nord, in Paris to protest against Islamophobia on Sunday

A Muslim man holds a banner reading French And Muslim, Proud Of Both Identities, as an estimated ten thousand French citizens marched from Gare du Nord to Place de la Nation

A Muslim man holds a banner reading French And Muslim, Proud Of Both Identities, as an estimated ten thousand French citizens marched from Gare du Nord to Place de la Nation

A Muslim man holds a banner reading French And Muslim, Proud Of Both Identities, as an estimated ten thousand French citizens marched from Gare du Nord to Place de la Nation

Members of hard-left parties took part in the march, though some others in the centre stayed away saying it threatened France’s tradition of secularism.

Far right leader Marine Le Pen claimed the event had been organised by Islamists.

Crowds walked through the capital waving banners marked with the messages ‘Stop all racism’ and ‘Islamophobia is not an opinion but a crime’ at the event organised by the Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France.

Crowds (pictured, today) walked through the capital waving banners marked with the messages 'Stop all racism' and 'Islamophobia is not an opinion but a crime' at the event organised by the Collectif Contre l'Islamophobie en France

Crowds (pictured, today) walked through the capital waving banners marked with the messages 'Stop all racism' and 'Islamophobia is not an opinion but a crime' at the event organised by the Collectif Contre l'Islamophobie en France

Crowds (pictured, today) walked through the capital waving banners marked with the messages ‘Stop all racism’ and ‘Islamophobia is not an opinion but a crime’ at the event organised by the Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France

People hold placards during the demonstration to protest against Islamophobia, near the Gare du Nord in Paris, today

People hold placards during the demonstration to protest against Islamophobia, near the Gare du Nord in Paris, today

People hold placards during the demonstration to protest against Islamophobia, near the Gare du Nord in Paris, today

Head of the far left France Unbowed party Jean-Luc Melenchon (pictured) said: 'It's up to us to demonstrate after an event like Bayonne to ensure the freedom of religion and thought that goes with it'

Head of the far left France Unbowed party Jean-Luc Melenchon (pictured) said: 'It's up to us to demonstrate after an event like Bayonne to ensure the freedom of religion and thought that goes with it'

Head of the far left France Unbowed party Jean-Luc Melenchon (pictured) said: ‘It’s up to us to demonstrate after an event like Bayonne to ensure the freedom of religion and thought that goes with it’

The state secretary in charge of fighting discrimination Marlene Schiappa had said the demonstration was a protest against secularism 'under the disguise of fighting discrimination'. Pictured: Placard on the left reads: 'Let Muslims live their faith'

The state secretary in charge of fighting discrimination Marlene Schiappa had said the demonstration was a protest against secularism 'under the disguise of fighting discrimination'. Pictured: Placard on the left reads: 'Let Muslims live their faith'

The state secretary in charge of fighting discrimination Marlene Schiappa had said the demonstration was a protest against secularism ‘under the disguise of fighting discrimination’. Pictured: Placard on the left reads: ‘Let Muslims live their faith’

A group of protesters hold a banner reading 'Stop to the liberticidal laws', as people and members of anti-racism associations gather to protest against Islamophobia at the Gare du Nord in Paris

A group of protesters hold a banner reading 'Stop to the liberticidal laws', as people and members of anti-racism associations gather to protest against Islamophobia at the Gare du Nord in Paris

A group of protesters hold a banner reading ‘Stop to the liberticidal laws’, as people and members of anti-racism associations gather to protest against Islamophobia at the Gare du Nord in Paris

Head of the far left France Unbowed party Jean-Luc Melenchon said: ‘It’s up to us to demonstrate after an event like Bayonne to ensure the freedom of religion and thought that goes with it.’

But the state secretary in charge of fighting discrimination Marlene Schiappa had said the demonstration was a protest against secularism ‘under the disguise of fighting discrimination’.

More than 40 per cent of Muslims said they had felt religious discrimination in France, according to a survey by Ifop earlier this month.

Islam is the second biggest religion in France, which has the biggest Muslim minority in Western Europe.

Last month, a member of Le Pen’s National Rally party fuelled an ongoing debate about the position of Muslims and Muslim symbols in France by publicly telling a woman to remove her headscarf.

More than 40 per cent of Muslims said they had felt religious discrimination in France, according to a survey by Ifop earlier this month. Pictured: The rally today

More than 40 per cent of Muslims said they had felt religious discrimination in France, according to a survey by Ifop earlier this month. Pictured: The rally today

More than 40 per cent of Muslims said they had felt religious discrimination in France, according to a survey by Ifop earlier this month. Pictured: The rally today

Islam is the second biggest religion in France, which has the biggest Muslim minority in Western Europe. Pictured: The protest today at the Nation Place

Islam is the second biggest religion in France, which has the biggest Muslim minority in Western Europe. Pictured: The protest today at the Nation Place

Islam is the second biggest religion in France, which has the biggest Muslim minority in Western Europe. Pictured: The protest today at the Nation Place

Last month, a member of Le Pen's National Rally party fuelled an ongoing debate about the position of Muslims and Muslim symbols in France by publicly telling a woman to remove her headscarf. Pictured: Today's march in Paris

Last month, a member of Le Pen's National Rally party fuelled an ongoing debate about the position of Muslims and Muslim symbols in France by publicly telling a woman to remove her headscarf. Pictured: Today's march in Paris

Last month, a member of Le Pen’s National Rally party fuelled an ongoing debate about the position of Muslims and Muslim symbols in France by publicly telling a woman to remove her headscarf. Pictured: Today’s march in Paris 

People and members of anti-racism associations march to protest against Islamophobia in Paris, on Sunday

People and members of anti-racism associations march to protest against Islamophobia in Paris, on Sunday

People and members of anti-racism associations march to protest against Islamophobia in Paris, on Sunday

Protesters demonstrate as thousands took to the streets of Paris in the Anti-Islamophobia Rally on Sunday. One woman holds up her fingers and smiles

Protesters demonstrate as thousands took to the streets of Paris in the Anti-Islamophobia Rally on Sunday. One woman holds up her fingers and smiles

Protesters demonstrate as thousands took to the streets of Paris in the Anti-Islamophobia Rally on Sunday. One woman holds up her fingers and smiles

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Florida man is airlifted to hospital after being attacked ‘by a 10 foot gator’ in a national reserve

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A man had to be airlifted from a Florida national reserve on Saturday when a large alligator attacked him, leaving him with a ‘substantial injury to his leg’.

The unidentified man, reported to be in his 30s, was airlifted to hospital after the alligator attack at DuPuis reserve, which bridges between southwestern Martin County and northwestern Palm Beach County.

Officers from the Martin County Fire Rescue crew searched desperately for the man for more than an hour when the call first came in, but their initial hunt came up empty.

Officers from the Martin County Fire Rescue crew searched desperately for the man for more than an hour when the call first came in, but their initial hunt came up empty

Officers from the Martin County Fire Rescue crew searched desperately for the man for more than an hour when the call first came in, but their initial hunt came up empty

Officers from the Martin County Fire Rescue crew searched desperately for the man for more than an hour when the call first came in, but their initial hunt came up empty

Rescuers were eventually able to locate the man in heavy marsh in the DuPuis Management Area.

The man had suffered a ‘substantial injury’ to his leg and needed immediate assistance, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said.

Martin County Fire Rescue’s LifeStar took the man to St. Mary’s Medical Center for treatment, but his condition is still unknown.

The unidentified man, reported to be in his 30s, was airlifted to hospital after the alligator attack at DuPuis reserve, which bridges between southwestern Martin County and northwestern Palm Beach County

The unidentified man, reported to be in his 30s, was airlifted to hospital after the alligator attack at DuPuis reserve, which bridges between southwestern Martin County and northwestern Palm Beach County

The unidentified man, reported to be in his 30s, was airlifted to hospital after the alligator attack at DuPuis reserve, which bridges between southwestern Martin County and northwestern Palm Beach County

A witness told authorities that the gator responsible was around 10 feet long (file photo)

A witness told authorities that the gator responsible was around 10 feet long (file photo)

A witness told authorities that the gator responsible was around 10 feet long (file photo)

A witness told authorities that the gator responsible was around 10 feet long.

It was unclear what the victim was doing in the reserve when the gator attacked, but the area is known for recreational activities like hunting, fishing, camping and hiking.

Florida wildlife officials have launched an investigation into the incident.

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Dwight Richie’s sparring partner tells of moment boxer died

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The final sparring partner of a Melbourne boxer who died during a training session has told 7NEWS his death was a freak accident.

The sport is reeling after the shock passing of Dwight Richie and there are now calls for it to be banned.

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Champion boxer Michael Zerafa was the father of three’s last opponent – the man who was training with Richie at a Keilor East gym on Sunday afternoon,

Australian boxer Dwight Ritchie.

“He rocked up, fit as ever, we were both in preparation for our fights,” Zerafa said.

But halfway through the sixth round of sparring, the Richie suddenly stopped.

“He just took a few backward steps and just held his chest and just collapsed,” Zerafa said. “Everyone ran into the ring but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.”

While paramedics tried to save him he was pronounced dead in the boxing ring.


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‘He just took a few backward steps and just held his chest and just collapsed’

Zerafa said the final punch hit Richie in his left side but was “nothing out of the ordinary”.

“No shots landed that were really different. Just something happened,” he said.

Richie overcame cancer twice and had said his difficult childhood would have led to jail if it wasn’t for boxing.

“There’s not a bad word you could say about Dwight,” Zerafa said. “He was a gentleman.”

Dwight Ritchie fought Tim Tszyu in August and was due to return to the ring in December.

While it’s understood full medical checks did not indicate Richie had any serious health issues, the AMA has called for the sport to be banned.

Zerafa, however, believes it was a freak accident.

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His thoughts are with the former Australasian champion’s girlfriend and three children.

“He went out on a high and it’s a very sad moment for the boxing industry,” he said.

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Broadway star and SNL actress Laurel Griggs died ‘from a massive asthma attack’ aged 13 

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Broadway star Laurel Griggs died from a massive asthma attack aged 13

Broadway star Laurel Griggs died from a massive asthma attack aged 13

Broadway star Laurel Griggs died from a massive asthma attack aged 13 

Broadway star Laurel Griggs died from a massive asthma attack aged 13.

The teen passed away on November 5 and was laid to rest on Friday, November 8.

‘The world lost a real princess who only wanted to make the future happy for all,’ grandfather David Rivlin wrote on Facebook. ‘Acting was a just a childhood dream come true and she had big plans for the future.’ 

Her family told the New York Post that she had suffered a fatal asthma attack.

A remembrance service will be held Sunday afternoon.

Griggs made her Broadway debut at the age of six in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, alongside Scarlett Johansson, Ciarin Hinds, and Benjamin Walker.

After making her mark with Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Griggs joined the cast of the musical Once, where she played the role of Ivanka for 17 months, which was longer than any other actress in the Broadway production’s history. 

In addition to theater, Laurel had done a number of commercials and voice-overs.

Some of her career highlights also included several appearances on Saturday Night Live and on the animated series Bubble Guppies.

The actress shared a pictured of herself outside the NBC studios after one of her spots on SNL and wrote: ‘Dreams do come true,’ in the caption. 

The budding star also starred in the 2016 romantic comedy-drama Cafe Society that featured Steve Carrell, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Jesse Eisenberg.

According to her IMDb page. Griggs had a reputation for being ‘an incredibly professional child who respects her craft and others.’

Her family said at she had suffered a fatal asthma attack, passed away on November 5 and was laid to rest on Friday, November 8.  Laurel is pictured with her parents Andy and Liz Griggs in an undated photo

Her family said at she had suffered a fatal asthma attack, passed away on November 5 and was laid to rest on Friday, November 8.  Laurel is pictured with her parents Andy and Liz Griggs in an undated photo

Her family said at she had suffered a fatal asthma attack, passed away on November 5 and was laid to rest on Friday, November 8.  Laurel is pictured with her parents Andy and Liz Griggs in an undated photo 

Rising star: Griggs starred in Broadway's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and the musical Once; she is pictured in December 2017 after one of her appearances on Saturday Night Live and wrote, 'Dreams do come true,' in the caption of the Instagram photo

Rising star: Griggs starred in Broadway's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and the musical Once; she is pictured in December 2017 after one of her appearances on Saturday Night Live and wrote, 'Dreams do come true,' in the caption of the Instagram photo

Rising star: Griggs starred in Broadway’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and the musical Once; she is pictured in December 2017 after one of her appearances on Saturday Night Live and wrote, ‘Dreams do come true,’ in the caption of the Instagram photo

In October 2017 she shared the snap above to Instagram after an SNL appearance with the caption: 'Last night was the most amazing night of my life! Thank you to the cast and crew of Saturday Night Live for making me feel so welcome! Also thank you to my spectacular agent @bonshumobloom for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity! #SNL #dreamsdocometrue #NBC #actresslife'

In October 2017 she shared the snap above to Instagram after an SNL appearance with the caption: 'Last night was the most amazing night of my life! Thank you to the cast and crew of Saturday Night Live for making me feel so welcome! Also thank you to my spectacular agent @bonshumobloom for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity! #SNL #dreamsdocometrue #NBC #actresslife'

In October 2017 she shared the snap above to Instagram after an SNL appearance with the caption: ‘Last night was the most amazing night of my life! Thank you to the cast and crew of Saturday Night Live for making me feel so welcome! Also thank you to my spectacular agent @bonshumobloom for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity! #SNL #dreamsdocometrue #NBC #actresslife’

Broadway actress Laurel Griggs passed away at the age of 13 on November 5, after suffering a fatal asthma attack

Broadway actress Laurel Griggs passed away at the age of 13 on November 5, after suffering a fatal asthma attack

Broadway actress Laurel Griggs passed away at the age of 13 on November 5, after suffering a fatal asthma attack 

Laurel is pictured with her parents Andy and Liz Griggs on July 5, 2008 in East Hampton, New York

Laurel is pictured with her parents Andy and Liz Griggs on July 5, 2008 in East Hampton, New York

Laurel is pictured with her parents Andy and Liz Griggs on July 5, 2008 in East Hampton, New York

She also donated her time to numerous charities including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 

Griggs also professed to have a love for music, reading, swimming, singing, ice skating, playing with friends and, of course, watching movies and television. 

The teenager had been living with her parents and going to public school in Manhattan. 

Actor Lucas Papaelias said: ‘Mmy @oncemusical family tragically lost one of our youngest members this past week. we are all heartbroken & devastated. sending love and my deepest condolences to the family of @laurelgriggs_ who played the role of Ivanka on Broadway. we will never forget this sweet, talented young soul.’

Donations can be made in Laurel Griggs’ memory by going to Broadway Cares (broadwaycares.org)

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