The Quarter Rat scopes out Macron visit to the Vieux Carre (PHOTOS)

All photos by Eric T. Styles
The Quarter Rat editor and photographer extraordinaire Eric T. Styles scoped out French President Emmanuel Macron’s trip to the Vieux Carre on Friday, ardently pursuing his entourage to document the once-in-a-lifetime visit from the leader of France as he walked around shaking hands with residents.

Being a French Quarter resident himself, Styles automatically knew where to position himself, fearlessly capturing photos of Macron and his visit with New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

Macron’s visit is the third time France’s president has visited the Big Easy. The last time was when Valery Giscard d’Estaing came in 1976. President Charles de Gaulle made a trip in 1960.

The trip was part of Macron’s tour of America and included talks with Cantrell to strengthen ties between France and the city. In addition, Macron met with Elon Musk to discuss Twitter, according to local news reports.

There may be a gonzo story on what happened coming soon from Styles himself, but for now feast your eyes upon a sample of the photos he snapped during the day-long event.

Police say Lexus driver, passenger carjacked at gunpoint near the French Market

A man and woman in a Lexus were carjacked on North Peters Street near the French market on Tuesday after two suspects ordered them out of the vehicle at gunpoint, according to New Orleans Police.

The NOPD said the incident occurred at about 5:35 a.m. in the 1000 block of North Peters Street, where two unidentified suspects described as Black males exited their vehicle, which wasn’t identified, and approached the Lexus, ordering the 59-year-old man and 64-year-old woman out of the vehicle at gunpoint.

The suspects fled in the victims’ vehicle, described as a white 2019 Lexus RX 350 with Louisiana license plates of 723EGX, according to the NOPD.

Information on the incident can be reported to the NOPD’s Eighth District station at 504-658-6080.

French President Emmanuel Macron plans to visit New Orleans, Vieux Carre

Photo by Jacques Paquier | CC Flickr.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to visit New Orleans on Friday and will mark the latest visit by a French head-of-state to visit the city in nearly 50 years, according to an announcement by the French consulate.

Macron plans to visit the Big Easy for the final leg of his visit to the U.S. and will include a walking tour of the French Quarter, a meeting with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, among other events, according to nola.com.

Consulate officials told the newspaper that the purpose of the visit is to address issues such as climate change, cultural affairs, in addition to strengthening ties between Louisiana and France.

Macron’s visit to New Orleans is the latest visit to the city since former president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing came in 1976, according to the consulate.

The newspaper reported that Macron’s visit will start in Jackson Square, where Mayor LaToya Cantrell will greet him, followed by a walk through the French Quarter and then a meeting with Edwards at the Historic New Orleans Collection to discuss climate change. Edwards and Macron are expected to sign an agreement to add a French energy transition expert to the governor’s Climate Initiatives Task Force, according to nola.com.

The French consulate in New Orleans is located at 909 Poydras Street, Suite 1450. For more information, visit the consulate’s website.

2 weeks after the 38th #Francophonie Summit in Djerba, President Emmanuel Macron ’s visit to #NewOrleans will be a unique opportunity to address this key cultural aspect at the heart of the 🇫🇷/⚜️ relationship and a reminder of Louisiana’s identity!

North Rampart Street armed robbery suspects claimed victim stole gas, NOPD says

A 66-year-old man said he was accused of stealing gasoline by four male individuals, who then allegedly robbed him of his money and keys following a Saturday verbal altercation on North Rampart Street.

The incident occurred on Saturday in the 400 block of North Rampart Street although the male victim, who wasn’t identified, didn’t report the incident until shortly before 9 a.m. on Monday, according to New Orleans Police.

After the verbal altercation, NOPD said one suspect showed a gun while the other suspects stole the victim’s keys and money. Officers were notified at the time of the incident and responded to the scene to stop the altercation and had the parties leave the scene, according to the NOPD.

NOPD said the suspects weren’t identified, but were described as four Black males.

A second, unrelated robbery was reported on Monday in the 300 block of Bourbon Street, according to the NOPD.

NOPD said the incident occurred at about 2:42 p.m. and involved two Black males, one of whom grabbed the victim and held him while the other suspect took a wallet from his pocket.

The suspects then fled from the scene, according to the NOPD.

Police said that anyone with information on either two incidents is asked to contact the NOPD at 504-658-6080.

18-year-old man arrested in connection to Bourbon Street shooting that injured 5 people

New Orleans Police on Monday said officers have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection to a Bourbon Street shooting that injured five people on Sunday.

Eighth District NOPD officials said they’ve arrested Dashawn Myre, following an investigation into the shooting that injured five people in the 200 block of Bourbon Street shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday.

Officers patrolling in the area quickly responded to a call of shots fired and upon arrival, located the five victims who sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds, according to the NOPD.

Police said two males, 18-year-old and 17-year-old, were initially detained after the shooting and were subsequently arrested for one count each of illegal possession of a concealed firearm.

Through an investigation, NOPD said the 18-year-old — identified as Myre — as the shooter and booked him into the Orleans Parish Justice Center on suspicion of five counts aggravated second-degree battery and one count of illegal use of a weapon.

New Orleans Police noted that Myre is innocent until proven guilty.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is urged to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-7867.