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  • Trial opens in France of 18 accused of vast horsemeat scam

    France — Link

    The defendants, from France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain, are accused of mounting a pan-European trafficking scam of horsemeat unfit for human consumption which they sold to wholesalers and butchers.

  • More harrowing accounts of CL final violence spark debate

    France — Link

    First-hand accounts of the dangerous bottlenecks of thousands of supporters at the Liverpool versus Real Madrid Champions League cup final in Paris on May 28th, and the violent abuse and robbery of them by local gangs, continue to prompt outrage and to fuel criticism of the government from political opponents.   

  • French volunteer fighter killed in Ukraine

    International — Link

    The young man had reportedly joined a foreign defence unit in Ukraine and was involved in fighting around the north-east city of Kharkiv.

  • Ex-Miss France accused of ill-gotten gains from Gabon strongman

    International — Link

    Sonia Rolland, 41, who won the Miss France title in 2000, is accused of benefiting from the ill-gotten gains of Omar Bongo, the late president of Gabon, who gifted her with a major stake in a 1-million-euro apartment in Paris.

  • Under-fire French interior minister defends CL cup final policing

    France — Link

    French interior minister Gérald Darmanin, who has been strongly criticised over the policing arrangements for last Saturday's Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, when thousands of fans were caught for hours in a mass crush outside the Stade de France, has defended the handling of the event despite numerous complaints of police brutality and inadequate access to the stadium.

  • UK agrees to open full inquiry into Channel drowning deaths of 27

    International — Link

    The British government has announced the launching of a detailed investigation into the drowning last November of 27 people, three of whom were children, during their clandestine crossing of the Channel from France to England, following legal action by lawyers acting for several of the victims' families who suspect 'serious failings' in rescue operations.

  • 'No part of official version of events in Paris rings true'

    International — Link

    The 'shambles outside the ground' of the Champions league final on Saturday between Liverpool and Real Madrid was  'a PR disaster for the French state, which may explain its attempt to shift the blame on to fans in a buck-passing exercise that was instantly derided and disproved' writes the chief football writer for The Times.

  • French journalist killed in Ukraine

    International — Link

    Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, 32,  was accompanying the evacuation of civilians from a zone in eastern Ukraine on Monday when what was reportedly a bomb from Russian artillery fire struck the vehicle he was travelling in.

  • French minister: cup final chaos was 'industrial scale' ticket fraud

    International — Link

    French interior minister Gérald Darmanin on Monday said the potentially dangerous bottleneck of tens of thousands of Liverpool fans on Saturday trying to enter the Stade de France for the Champions League cup final of their team against  Real Madrid was due to 'industrial scale' ticket fraud, which he said 'only seems to happen with certain English clubs'.

  • French police 'use tear gas' on fans at Champions League final

    France — Link

    UEFA and French police have blamed Liverpool fans for the delayed kick-off at the Champions League final - but British police say Reds supporters' behaviour was "exemplary".

  • French PM sees climate, health and cost of living as top priorities

    France — Link

    Élisabeth Borne spoke after a meeting of ministers to outline the priorities of her new government for the coming months.

  • French billionaire's stake in UK's telcom giant BT to be reviewed

    France — Link

    Britain's national security review comes after Patrick Drahi's stake in BT increased from 12.1% last year to 18%.

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