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A protester wearing a gas mask holds a smartphone and gestures during a demonstration by striking employees of the French state rail company SNCF near the transport ministry in Paris
Giant portraits by French street artist and photographer JR are pictured during the presentation of his creation at the Pantheon in Paris on Tuesday
A participant in the Mud Day event throws a bucket of mud at a friend during run in Beynes, west of Paris on Thursday. Thousands of runners seeking a challenge competed in a circuit of approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) with over 20 obstacles, most of them set in mud.
France’s departing prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, leaves the Hôtel Matignon after a handover ceremony in Paris. He has been replaced by Manuel Valls, who poses a potential threat to President François Hollande, whose popularity remains low.
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Eiffel Tower in central Paris through a haze of pollution. More than 30 departments in France have been hit by maximum level pollution alerts since Thursday, prompting the ecology minister to say air quality was “an emergency and a priority for the government”.
A model wears a creation for Damir Doma’s ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection presented in Paris.
A model presents a creation by designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo for their fashion house Ralph & Russo, as part of their Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris.
A model wears a creation for Stephane Rolland’s Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris.
A model displays a creation by designer Marco Zanini as part of the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in Paris.
A man walks along an empty platform at Gare de Lyon in Paris, France, during an SNCF national railways strike that ends Friday morning
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A restored statue of the archangel Saint Michael is raised at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. Work on the chapel, within the Palais de Justice on the Ile de la Cite, started in 2008 and will finish in 2014.
A visitor stands in front of ’2 seated on the wall with big chairs’, 2000, by Juan Muñoz during the International Contemporary Art Fair at the Grand Palais in Paris. The fair runs from October 24-27.
French interior minister Manuel Valls speaks to the press as he leaves the Elysée Palace in Paris after the weekly cabinet meeting.
Models show off outfits from Chanel’s ready-to-wear spring/summer 2014 fashion collection, presented on Tuesday in Paris.
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Models wear creations for Belgian fashion house Dries van Noten’s ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2014 fashion collection, presented in Paris, on Wednesday.
A Republican Guard stands to attention outside the Elysée Palace in Paris, France.
Tourists check their maps in the Place des Vosges square, in Paris
A tourist walks past the Louvre Pyramid in Paris
A man jumps in front of a fountain at Trocadero Square in front of the Eiffel Tower as hot summer temperatures continue in Paris on Monday
A model wears a creation as part of Julien Fournie’s haute couture autumn-winter 2013-14 collection, presented on Tuesday in Paris.