Powerful blast shakes street in centre of Paris – BBC News
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Video showed the aftermath of the explosion, with flames engulfing the ground floor Two firefighters and a Spanish woman have been killed after a huge blast at a bakery in France’s capital, Paris.
The emergency services were responding to a gas leak when “a dramatic explosion” occurred, said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.
Forty-seven people were injured, 10 seriously, in the blast on rue de Trévise at around 09:00 (08:00 GMT).
It happened near the Paris Opera, a popular tourist area, and was felt several streets away.
In pictures: Rescuers fight bakery blaze In the immediate aftermath, overturned cars and debris from other shop fronts littered the street in front of the burning bakery as people stood around, looking stunned by the force of the explosion.
The Spanish woman, who was on holiday with her husband in Paris, died in hospital after the blast, while another Spanish national was also injured.
What happened? The Hubert bakery at 6, rue de Trévise was not due to be open at the time of the blast, Le Parisien newspaper reports.
A gas leak had been reported in the building and firefighters had been on their way to deal with it when the explosion occurred.
Image copyright AFP Image caption Firefighters were hurt in the blast Helicopters landed on the nearby place de l’Opéra to evacuate the injured.
Some 150 people sought refuge in the city’s 9th district town hall after the blast, the deputy Paris mayor in charge of security, Colombe Brossel, told French radio.
A passing journalist, Emily Molli, described the vast extent of the damage.
Image Copyright @MomesMolli @MomesMolli Report Image Copyright @MomesMolli @MomesMolli Report One Paris counsellor has pointed out that the city’s gas network is in “a catastrophic state”.
” It has aged a lot and, above all, it is poorly signposted,” Alexandre Vesperini told Le Parisien newspaper.
How did residents react? A resident named Killian was asleep when the explosion blew in his windows. Everybody in the building came downstairs, he said, and he could hear screaming.
The blast also destroyed a theatre, he told French news channel BFMTV.
“I was sleeping and woke up by the blast wave,” Claire Sallavuard told AFP.
“All the windows in the apartment exploded, doors were blown off their hinges, I had to walk on the door to leave the room, all the kids were panicking, they couldn’t get out of their room.”
The family used a ladder to leave the building from the first floor with the help of firefighters.
In the streets, dozens of tourists, suitcases in hand, were evacuated from the area’s many hotels, AFP reports.
Image copyright EPA Image caption At least 20 people were hurt Paula Nagui, a receptionist at the nearby Diva Hotel, said there had been an “enormous blast” that shattered all the windows.
Anxious guests had received assurances that it was not a terror attack, she told Le Parisien.
Megyn Kelly walks away from NBC with the remainder of her $69M deal
Megyn Kelly and NBC News have agreed to terms under which the high-profile TV host will leave the company with the remainder of her $69 million contract, according to a source familiar with the agreement. The news comes after months of negotiations over parts of Kelly’s long-term contract following her removal in October from the 9 a.m. ET hour of NBC’s “Today.” Her morning show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” was cancelled after the anchor made comments about wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume debate.
“The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC,” NBC said in a statement.
Kelly apologized for the comments directly after the show aired and then on air the next day but was criticized by several NBC News personalities, including Al Roker, who were upset with her over the statements.
Kelly’s move to NBC News from Fox News in 2017 was closely followed within the media industry, in part because she became one of the most highly paid people in the news business with an estimated salary of $69 million over three years.
Kelly will receive a payout of up to $30 million, according to a source familiar with the deal who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Prior to the blackface controversy, Kelly’s morning show had suffered from a ratings dip compared to the hour’s previous hosts, Tamron Hall and Roker. The time period now features a rotating roster of “Today,” show anchors including Dylan Dreyer, Sheinelle Jones, Craig Melvin, Al Roker and others.
The new hour, which is a more seamless continuation of the “Today” show, has seen an 18 percent increase in viewers over Kelly’s average audience to 2.9 million.
Despite the ratings issues, Jason Damata, an analyst for TVREV, an independent media consultancy, said Kelly’s show “was considered premium inventory” for advertisers, which included Tide, Cheerios, WholeFoods, Walgreens and Neutrogena. The show generated $188.7 million in 2018, according to an estimate from TV measurement firm iSpot.tv .
Kelly remains one of the most-recognized news personalities, according to Marketing Evaluations the Q Scores Company, which measures the public’s recognition and sentiment of notable people. In October, the measurement firm found that 43 percent of those asked were able to recognize Kelly, below CNN’s Anderson Cooper (62 percent) and close to “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt (46 percent).
Kelly, however, ranks well below her peers in terms of public sentiment, with only 8 percent of those having a positive view of her compared to 19 percent for Holt and 16 percent for Cooper.
It was not immediately clear if Kelly’s deal to leave NBC prevented her from immediately joining another network or cable TV operation, though she told the celebrity news website TMZ on Thursday during an impromptu interview on a New York City street corner that she will “definitely” be back on TV.
CORRECTION (Jan. 11, 2019, 10:35 p.m. ET): An earlier version of this article misspelled the first name of an NBC anchor. Her name is Sheinelle Jones, not Sheneille.
Claire Atkinson Claire Atkinson is the senior media editor for NBC News.
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Jane the Virgin Season 5 News, Release Date, Cast Spoilers – All About Jane the Virgin S5
The fourth season of Jane the Virgin wrapped up with a bang in April 2018, which feels like forever ago. What’s going to happen to Jane, Xiomara, and the rest of the gang? How much lavender is Rogelio going to wear? And most importantly, who is the narrator?! Hopefully all of these questions will be answered soon, but until then, here’s a roundup of everything we know about the show’s final farewell.
1. It will be the show’s final season. In April 2018, the CW announced that it had renewed the show for a fifth season, but it’s Gina Rodriguez who started the “final” season conversation one month prior. While speaking at event in Texas, she referred to the next season as being the show’s last one. Later, Brad Silberling, an executive producer on the show, echoed Gina’s comments and called season five the “final” season, and in May 2018, the CW officially confirmed that the show’s fifth season would be its last.
2. Gina Rodriguez will be back in the director’s chair. Gina directed her first episode of the series in season four (“Chapter Seventy-Four”), and in the same interview where she called season five the show’s last, she mentioned that she plans to direct again before the show is over. “When it came to directing Jane , as the star of the show — as a woman, as Latina, I was like, ‘I need to come so correct that I cannot be denied,'” she said, calling her time behind the camera “the most incredible experience.”
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3. Mark your calendars: the final season will premiere on March 27, 2019, at 9 p.m. After announcing renewals, the CW confirmed its 2018-2019 schedule in May 2018, and according to the network, JtV will not return until midseason. The premiere date was officially revealed by the CW in January 2019, making it the best news of 2019 (so far).
4. The identity of the narrator will be revealed. One of the best parts of Jane the Virgin is Anthony Mendez’s charming narration, but the narrator’s identity in the world of the show has thus far been kept a secret. According to creator Jennie Snyder Urman, we’ll find out who he really is before the show ends. She also said there have been hints throughout the series, so if you feel like doing some sleuthing, it might be time to go back and watch old episodes for clues.
Anthony Mendez, aka the narrator, in real life. Getty Images 5. MAJOR SPOILER ALERT: You’ll find out more about That Person Who Reappeared in the season-five premiere. At the very end of “Chapter Eighty-One,” Jane’s previously deceased husband Michael turned out to be alive. I know, right?! Already, theories are circulating that it’s not really him, but Jennie says we’ll find out what’s going on right away. She also told Deadline that this is not another incident involving secret twins, so if that’s your theory, keep thinking.
6. ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT: The person who J. R. shot is someone that Petra knows. In the same Deadline interview, Jennie said that the victim is (1) not Magda and (2) someone we have already seen on the show.
7. There won’t be a big time jump, at least not in the premiere. “We’ll pick up pretty continuously once Jane comes out of her faint,” Jennie told Variety after the season-four finale. “We left everything at the height, we can’t skip over any of it! There are so many questions. We have to return to that room with Jane and watch Michael and Raf.”
This post will be updated as more Jane the Virgin season five details emerge .