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Two armed men have entered a restaurant in Barcelona and are reported to be holding hostages, following an attack in which a van was driven into a crowd, causing a number of injuries. Two people are reported to have been killed. Police say they are "terrorist attacks".
A scandal over Father Bernard Preynat, accused of abusing nearly 70 boy scouts, led to an investigation into Lyon Archbishop Philippe Barbarin for failure to report the suspicions, although the charges were eventually dropped.
In the wake of that case, alleged abuses were reported in Paris, Montauban, Toulouse, Clermont-Ferrand, Orleans, Bayonne and French Guyana.
In April the French bishops' conference announced a number of measures to respond to victims' complaints, including an email address that has received about 100 accusations of sexual abuse, many of them dating from before 1970.