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Mediapart Wed 28 Sep 2016 28/9/2016 Latest edition

Revealed: the 2007 notebook that detailed Sarkozy's Libyan election funding

Sep 27, 2016 | By Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske
Muammar Gaddafi and Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris in December 2007. © Reuters Muammar Gaddafi and Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris in December 2007. © Reuters

A handwritten notebook kept by a senior Libyan figure details three payments made by Gaddafi's regime to fund Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential election campaign, Mediapart can reveal. Shukri Ghanem, who was then Libya's oil minister, took notes on the three payments made in 2007, which came to a total of 6.5 million euros. Ghanem later fled the North Africa country and was found dead in Austria in 2012. The discovery of his personal notebook and its entries from 2007 undermine claims by Sarkozy's camp that allegations of illegal Libyan funding are based on forged documents written after Gaddafi's fall from power. Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske report.

SocGen faces 2.2 bln tax break refund over its responsibility in 'rogue trader' losses

Sep 25, 2016 | By martine orange
A 'rogue' trader no more: Jérôme Kerviel. © Reuters A 'rogue' trader no more: Jérôme Kerviel. © Reuters

In a ruling by the Versailles court of appeal on Friday, French bank Société Générale was found to have been in large part responsible for the 4.9 billion euros in losses attributed to the reckless trades of its so-called “rogue trader” Jérôme Kerviel in 2008. The court ruling concerned Kerviel’s appeal against the damages he was required to pay the bank, which until now was fixed as the entire sum of the losses, and which it reduced to 1 million euros. Mediapart economics and finance correspondent Martine Orange analyses here the many consequences of the ruling, not least of which is the demand that the bank now pay back a 2.2-billion-euro tax break it was granted as a result of the sums lost.

India eyes China with bargain deal for French jets

Sep 24, 2016 | By Guillaume Delacroix
The Rafale fighter jet. © Dassault Aviation The Rafale fighter jet. © Dassault Aviation

The 8-billion-euro contract signed in New Delhi on Friday for the supply of 36 French-built Rafale fighter jets has been hailed by Paris as a major coup that underlines the technological prowess of the French aeronautical industry. But, Mediapart’s India correspondent Guillaume Delacroix reports, the deal was struck after France agreed to massive discounts which virtually halve the total cost. But it also marks a new defence strategy by India, which now regards China as the principal threat to its security, and no longer Pakistan.

A sleepy French village torn apart by a centre for migrants

Sep 23, 2016 | By Laurent Geslin
The Château de Pergaud, near Allex, where migrants will be offered temporary shelter. © L. Geslin The Château de Pergaud, near Allex, where migrants will be offered temporary shelter. © L. Geslin

The usually tranquil village of Allex, in the Drôme Valley region of south-east France, has become agitated over the imminent opening of a reception centre for migrants. Villagers’ opposition to the centre, which will house about 50 individuals, has prompted the mayor to announce a referendum on the issue. Laurent Geslin reports from this small village of 2,500 inhabitants where, as France’s 2017 presidential election campaign draws closer, local conservative and far-right parties have jumped upon the opportunity to stoke the fires of prejudice and resentment.

Revealed: the hidden report on lavish perks paid to former French presidents

Sep 21, 2016 | By Mathilde Mathieu
(L-R): former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and Jacques Chirac with Jean-Louis Debray, former head of the Constitutional Council. © Reuters (L-R): former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and Jacques Chirac with Jean-Louis Debray, former head of the Constitutional Council. © Reuters

A confidential report submitted to President François Hollande two years ago and never made public, authored by the heads of France’s Court of Audit and State Council, estimates the total annual cost of specific perks paid to the country’s three surviving former presidents, plus the provision of personal security protection, at 10.3 million euros, Mediapart can reveal. The 26-page document, published here, recommends that the lavish privileges accorded to them be reduced for reasons of “modernization, transparency and control of public spending”. Mathilde Mathieu reports.

The opportunist 'feminism' of the French Right

Sep 19, 2016 | By Ellen Salvi

France’s conservative opposition party Les Républicains is readying itself for primary elections in November to decide who will become its candidate in presidential elections next year. In the debates, and speeches at its annual congress earlier this month, the issue of women’s rights has been placed at the fore. But not in the broad context of gender equality, rather as an argument over the issue of Muslim practices in France and the perceptions of a French ‘identity’. Ellen Salvi analyses the rhetoric, and the hypocrisy, of a new-found feminism among a party that remains firmly sexist.


Tax fraud trial of former French budget minister ends with unanswered questions

Sep 17, 2016 | By Michel Deléan and Fabrice Arfi
Jérôme Cahuzac arriving for the trial. © Reuters Jérôme Cahuzac arriving for the trial. © Reuters

At the end of a two-week trial for tax fraud and money laundering, Paris prosecutors this week demanded a sentence of three years in jail for former socialist French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac, and two years in prison for his former wife Patricia. The court will announce its verdict and sentencing in December. The trial was prompted by Mediapart’s exclusive revelations in 2012 of how Cahuzac, in charge of a crackdown on tax fraud in France, had held a secret bank account abroad for two decades. Michel Deléan and Fabrice Arfi report on the hearings.

The mystery of what really fuelled the French-led intervention in Libya

Sep 15, 2016 | By Fabrice Arfi
Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron visiting Benghazi. © Reuters Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron visiting Benghazi. © Reuters

A report published this week by the UK parliament’s foreign affairs committee made public its highly critical conclusions after a one-year inquiry into Britain's involvement in the 2011 military intervention in Libya which led to the overthrow of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. The committee described the operation, which was led by France, as ill-prepared, ill-informed and without a cohesive strategy. No parliamentary inquiry into the military campaign has ever been held in France, and what exactly fuelled then-president Nicolas Sarkozy’s eagerness to remove Gaddafi remains uncertain, although a number of clues point to a motive ignored by the UK committee of MPs. Fabrice Arfi reports.

Net closes in on Sarkozy law firm partner in tax fraud and money laundering probe

Sep 13, 2016 | By Fabrice Arfi and Mathilde Mathieu
Patrick Balkany (L) and Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. © Reuters Patrick Balkany (L) and Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007. © Reuters

A French judicial investigation has described the “active role” played by Arnaud Claude, the partner of Nicolas Sarkozy in a Paris legal firm, Claude & Sarkozy, in helping an MP and longstanding political ally of the former French president, Patrick Balkany, to conceal from the French tax authorities his ownership of a luxurious Moroccan villa estimated to be worth more than 5 million euros. As the investigation draws to a close, the magistrates in charge have ordered the confiscation of a Normandy property belonging to the lawyer, Mediapart has learned. Fabrice Arfi and Mathilde Mathieu report.

French society is doomed to collapse, says academic

Sep 11, 2016 | By Joseph Confavreux
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In a recent book sociologist Louis Chauvel claims that, faced with a continued deepening of inequalities, French society is heading towards silent but nonetheless rapid and brutal collapse. The academic says that, rather like the aristocrats of Ancient Rome who did not see the fall of their empire coming, today's elites are blind to the fact that society as it stands is doomed. Joseph Confavreux examines the arguments in a book which at times feels like a memoir from beyond the grave.

How biggest polluters earn most from EU farm subsidies

Sep 9, 2016 | By Jade Lindgaard
Farmers protesting outside the headquarters of dairy firm Lactalis, at Laval, central-west France, August 23rd. ©Reuters Farmers protesting outside the headquarters of dairy firm Lactalis, at Laval, central-west France, August 23rd. ©Reuters

As European farm ministers met earlier this month at a château in France's Loire Valley to reframe EU agricultural policy, a detailed study of European farm aid has revealed a major contradiction right at the heart of that policy; that the most polluting farms actually receive the most cash from subsidies. And amid French farmers' protests against falling prices and shrivelling incomes, the study also showed that in the current economic context, the usual strategy of continually boosting production is no longer an option. Jade Lindgaard reports.

Eyes wide shut to corruption in France

Sep 7, 2016 | By Fabrice Arfi

The trial of the former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac for tax fraud and money laundering opened in Paris on Monday, the same day that it was revealed that French prosecutors want former president Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial for “illegal financing” of his 2012 election campaign. Mediapart investigative reporter Fabrice Arfi says that such high-profile cases give us an insight into the ethics of public life in France. He argues that rather than simply looking the other way, the country needs to own up to the shameful nature of the situation.

Nicolas Sarkozy should stand trial over 'illegal' election funding, say prosecutors

Sep 5, 2016 | By Mathilde Mathieu
Facing trial? Former president Nicolas Sarkozy will learn his fate soon. Facing trial? Former president Nicolas Sarkozy will learn his fate soon.

The French prosecution authorities say the former president should face court proceedings over his role in the “illegal” funding of his failed 2012 presidential election campaign which spent more than double the legal spending limit. It is now for the investigating judges to have the final say as to whether Sarkzoy and others should finally face trial or not. If he is sent for trial it will be a potential blow to the ex-president's political hopes ahead of the 2017 presidential election in which he hopes to be a candidate. But, crucially, any such trial would not be scheduled before next May's election – and if Sarkozy is elected president it would be postponed until 2022 at the earliest. Mathilde Mathieu reports.

 

Bitter legacy of a once-mighty French newspaper empire

Sep 4, 2016 | By julien sartre
One of the overseas titles once owned by the Hersant newspaper empire. One of the overseas titles once owned by the Hersant newspaper empire.

The Hersant newspaper group disintegrated a few years ago, following massive job losses, the closure of titles and insolvencies. However the demise of this once-powerful group which had owned close to 50% of the national and local French press, is still having an impact in French overseas territories where it also had a strong base. Julien Sartre reports on the lingering effects of the fall of a newspaper empire which had influence around the globe.

The grim battle for survival facing France's dairy farmers

Sep 2, 2016 | By Laurent Geslin
One of the protesters, Adrien, in front of the headquarters of dairy group Lactalis. © Laurent Geslin One of the protesters, Adrien, in front of the headquarters of dairy group Lactalis. © Laurent Geslin

After a bitter dispute lasting more than a week, the giant French dairy group Lactalis has finally agreed to pay its dairy farmers higher prices for their milk. However, the anger of the protests has once again highlighted the desperate plight of many dairy farmers in France. As Laurent Geslin reports, an entire way of life is in danger of disappearing as smaller-scale farmers find it increasingly hard to make a living.

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Amazon and its pricing algorithm

Sep 22, 2016 | By ProPublica
Amazon bills itself as “Earth’s most customer-centric company”, but this report by US investigative website ProPublica found that its algorithm is hiding the best deal from many customers.

Europe’s Left after Brexit by Yanis Varoufakis

Sep 6, 2016 | By Les invités de Mediapart
The former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis lays out plans by DiEM25 – the Democracy in Europe Movement - for resisting from within the European Union.

What I learnt from teaching at the 'Jungle' in Calais

Sep 2, 2016 | By La rédaction de Mediapart
British volunteer Lena Anayi has spent time teaching French to migrants at the so-called 'Jungle' in Calais. Here she recounts her experiences and explains why she wants the plight of the migrants to stay high on the news agenda.

To Be or To Have?

Aug 22, 2016 | By Roslyn Henry
Just when you think you are getting to grips with the language something as basic as the difference between 'to be' and 'to have' knocks you off your perch.

‘Clothing like any other...’

Aug 17, 2016 | By Edwy Plenel
Several mayors of French seaside towns have slapped a ban on the wearing of burkinis, the Islamic full-body swimsuit, on local beaches, citing a supposed threat to public order and even hygiene. Mediapart editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel argues here that the ban is an outrageous stigmatisation of French Muslims in a society that is losing sight of the fundamental rights of citizens.
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The best reporting on Donald Trump

Jul 31, 2016 | By ProPublica
If elected president, Donald Trump has promised to “open up” libel laws so he can sue news organizations like they’ve “never got sued before.” While the First Amendment is still intact, US investigative website ProPublica compiled a list of some articles he might have his eye on.
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The best reporting on Hillary Clinton

Jul 31, 2016 | By ProPublica
Clinton has been in the public eye for four decades - and there have been investigative stories about her for nearly as long. US investigative website ProPublica presents a chronological guide to them.

Who do EU love? A letter to the 48%

Jul 4, 2016 | By Olivier Tonneau
Dear 48%, I was delighted to see you take to the streets on Saturday, but puzzled by some things you said.

Brexit: Why I accept it but do not respect it

Jun 25, 2016 | By sue landau
After Britain voted for Brexit European political leaders have been saying that they regret but respect the decision. I don't. That is, I accept the democratic verdict of the British people, of whom I am part, but I don't find anything to respect in there. Particularly as people like me were excluded from voting.

Why I want the UK to stay in the EU

Jun 21, 2016 | By salimero
The UK really is divided in two for this landmark vote and it looks as though the outcome will be a nail biting finish as it is ridiculously too close to call. Around 3 weeks ago I’d have said that the vote lay slightly in favour of staying with the EU but now it appears that slightly more people want Brexit...

Britain's alarming propensity to disenfranchise citizens

Jun 15, 2016 | By sue landau
Nowadays we believe that democracy is one person, one vote. But does nationality or place of residence confer the right to vote? Britain has got those criteria all mixed up in its referendum on membership of the European Union. Up to two million Britons living abroad are disenfranchised, but some non-Brits living in the UK are able to vote. It doesn't make sense.

"For the Muslims": my book about Islamophobia in France

Jun 8, 2016 | By Edwy Plenel
Published in French in 2014, my book about islamophobia in France is now avalaible in English, at Verso Books. Added to this English edition is a previously unpublished foreword and articles written after the Paris attacks of 2015.
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Mediapart English wants your views!

May 17, 2016 | By Graham
Mediapart English, the English-language section of Mediapart, invites your blog contributions about whatever topic stirs you, concerning France or elsewhere in the world, which can be published here on our homepage Club column in a spirit of debate and exchange.

Wear patterns: how what’s missing can help us see data better

May 1, 2016 | By ProPublica
Lena Groeger of US investigative website ProPublica asks: What answers can we find by looking at data that appears in the real world as a byproduct of what has been “used up” or “worn down”? What can we tell from what’s left over?

Mexican human rights defenders say they are target of smear campaign

Apr 25, 2016 | By ProPublica
Ginger Thompson of US investigative website ProPublica writes: On the eve of the release of a report investigating a student massacre in 2014, its authors and other human rights advocates feared an attempt to pre-empt the findings and discredit the work.
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Meet the Panama Papers editor who handled 376 reporters in 80 countries

Apr 18, 2016 | By ProPublica
Eric Umansky of US investigative website ProPublica writes: As the Panama Papers continue to embarrass leaders across continents, one thought has kept occurring to me: how the hell did the organizers pull it off? How did they make sense of so many documents? And, most importantly, how did they stay sane during it all? So I spoke with Marina Walker Guevara, who helped shepherd the project.

Spies and shadowy allies lurk in secret with help from offshore firm

Apr 6, 2016 | By Danyves
Firm helps CIA operatives and other characters — real or fanciful — from the world of espionage set up offshore companies to obscure their dealings
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Belgium's deadly circles of terror

Mar 24, 2016 | By ProPublica
Coordinated bombings in Brussels may have been in the works for a long time, aided by an underworld where crime and extremism blur together, reports US investigative website ProPublica.
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Building independence

Mar 16, 2016 | By La rédaction de Mediapart
Mediapart was launched eight years ago, on March 16th 2008. Here we present a few facts and figures about our development, beginning with an introduction from editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel on the construction of Mediapart’s independence.

France opts out of International Conventions on Human Rights

Feb 22, 2016 | By Melextra JET
Editor of technological news website Next INpact, Marc Rees, reports that France has requested a derogation from the UN's International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Having already temporarily opted out of the European Convention on Human Rights, Rees shows that the French state is therefore currently contravening all of the international human rights agreements it has helped to draft.

The State of Emergency in concrete terms

Feb 22, 2016 | By Melextra JET
The morning after the State of Emergency was imposed, French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve outlined its key aspects. This article from the website of national radio station France Info was one of the first to reveal details of the new security measures.

State of Emergency: introduction

Feb 22, 2016 | By Melextra JET
In this blog on the theme of the French State of Emergency, a group of Lille University masters students present a range of reports from the French media about the security measures introduced in the wake of last year's terrorist attacks. Their English versions of the articles, complete with glossaries and notes, provide an insight into how the French press is treating this controversial subject.
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Yanis Varoufakis: a manifesto for democratising Europe

Feb 4, 2016 | By Les invités de Mediapart
Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who last September stepped down from his post in the radical-left Syriza government, has launched his Democracy in Europe movement, DiEM25. Its ambitious aim is a radical overhaul of Europe’s institutions and the introduction of absolute transparency in decision-making, to be completed by 2025. Mediapart publishes here the manifesto Varoufakis presented in Berlin on February 9th, a plan to “regain control over our Europe from unaccountable ‘technocrats’ and shadowy institutions”.
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I ramped up my internet security, and you should too

Jan 26, 2016 | By ProPublica
Some people make dieting resolutions in the New Year. I make security and privacy resolutions, because those are the things that keep me up at night, writes ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin in this account of how she upped her defences against hackers and spies.
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The corporate takeover of the American Red Cross

Dec 14, 2015 | By ProPublica
Gail McGovern, a former AT&T executive who had taught marketing at Harvard Business School, was hired as CEO of the American Red Cross in 2008 to revitalize the charity. Seven years on, it has cut hundreds of chapters and shed thousands of employees, reports US investigative website ProPublica.

'Change the system … ' : Why I did not hang a flag in my window…

Nov 30, 2015 | By Sylvie Brigot-Vilain
Last Friday, a solemn tribute was given to the 130 victims of the Paris attacks. French flags outside of windows and tweet #ProudofFrance. A national unity cleverly orchestrated from which it was difficult to escape without feeling vaguely guilty. But martial ripost instead of a global response and COP 21 hypocrisy - this is the system that needs to change.

Letter to my generation

Nov 25, 2015 | By sarah roubato
After the Paris attacks of November 13th, a battle cry similar to that of Charlie Hebdo's pen has been relayed on internet quite widely. This letter is a proposition to go beyond the mere symbol and to question ourselves on our society.

At Wembley

Nov 23, 2015 | By Olivier Holmey
At Wembley Stadium, on Tuesday, 71,000 fans gathered to watch a France-England friendly and pay homage to the victims of last week’s attacks in Paris. The audience put on a brave face, chanting and jumping and waving their flags, but just four days on from an act of terror that claimed 130 lives, there was little joy to be had.

What Paris means to those who grieve

Nov 18, 2015 | By Olivier Tonneau
I was caught in a kind of crossfire after the Friday attacks in Paris: soothed by all the messages of compassion, solidarity and love for Paris, and disturbed by those who understood these messages as indicative of a partial attitude towards tragedies that unfold around the world.

Pre-COP: the gap between 2°C and 3°C is leading to new climate crimes

Nov 8, 2015 | By Maxime Combes
Three weeks ahead of the opening of COP21, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius hosts a Pre-COP meeting in Paris between November 8-10, a penultimate gathering of ministers from around one hundred countries. A meeting with civil society organisations was held on Sunday morning. Here is the statement delivered on behalf of Attac France, as a member of the international coalition Climate Justice Now. 
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The Paris Subterfuge: Budgeting for a Climate Tragedy

Nov 5, 2015 | By Les invités de Mediapart
Clive Hamilton, Australian thinker and economist, is Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, a member of the Australian government's Climate Change Authority and the author of "Requiem for a species" and "Earthmasters: Playing God with the climate". Three weeks before the opening of the COP 21 climate conference in Paris, he raises here two major questions: "What will be the magnitude of the global carbon budget?" and "What is the proportion of total carbon budget allocated to each nation?"
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Piano Concerto no. 5, The Intifada !

Oct 26, 2015 | By Les invités de Mediapart
For the Palestinian students demonstrating at the Beth El checkpoint at the entrance to Ramallah, the English writer John Berger proposes  renaming Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 5, The Intifada. « They too are inspired by a vision of happiness they cannot know in their lives. I send the Concerto as an arm to be used in their struggle against the Israelis who occupy and colonize their homeland. »
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The colour of debt: how collection suits squeeze black neighbourhoods

Oct 15, 2015 | By ProPublica
In the United States, debt collection lawsuits are far more common among black communities than white ones reveals this report by investigative website ProPublica in a first-of-its-kind analysis of the issue.

Live on Mediapart: Yanis Varoufakis's view of Europe

Sep 24, 2015 | By La rédaction de Mediapart
Yanis Varoufakis was a guest on Friday's special live and open access broadcast from Mediapart. The broadcast came five days after Greece's Parliamentary elections and Alexis Tsipras's former finance minister gave his verdict and observations on the outcome. Yanis Varoufakis also set out his vision of Europe and the profound reforms that need to be carried out in the eurozone to ensure that the single currency is no longer the instrument of a generalised policy of austerity in Europe. Listen to the broadcast (Varoufakis spoke in English with simultaneous French translation).
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A Plan B in Europe

Sep 12, 2015 | By Les invités de Mediapart
Why we are convening an international summit on a plan B for Europe, open to willing citizens, organisations and intellectuals, by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Member of the European Parliament, co-founder of the Parti de Gauche (France), Stefano Fassina, Member of the Italian Parliament, former Italian deputy minister of economy and finance (Italy), Zoe Konstantopoulou, President of the Hellenic parliament (Greece), Oskar Lafontaine, former German minister of finance, founder of Die Linke (Germany) and Yanis Varoufakis, Member of the Greek Parliament, former Greek minister of finance (Greece).

Refugees in Budapest

Sep 8, 2015 | By gabihorn
This morning it seems from media reports that the Hungarian police has given up trying to register the crowds of refugees coming through the broder with Serbia: "Have something to eat and drink, then go where you like "  is what migrants arriving in Hungary are told now.

Refugees: learning from the past

Sep 6, 2015 | By sue landau
This blog is both a cry of outrage and a plea: this is not the first time Europe has seen a tide of refugees, so let’s take the lessons from our recent past and stop greeting the terrible tragedy of today’s refugees with political and bureaucratic injustice.

In Istanbul, three Syrian families look to the EU

Sep 3, 2015 | By Alain Devalpo
More than 1.8 million Syrian refugees are now living in Turkey. Despite a long tradition of welcoming refugees, the infrastructure put in place at the start of the Syrian civil war can no longer cope with such a high number of refugees. Here, three Syrian families who settled in Istanbul recount their experiences, the precariousness of their situations, and their plans to reach Europe.

Freeze fossil fuel extraction to stop climate crimes

Aug 27, 2015 | By La rédaction de Mediapart
A hundred well-known figures have launched an appeal for a climate uprising, in the spirit of the social movements that put an end to the crimes of slavery, totalitarianism, colonialism and apartheid. Fossil fuels must be left in the ground, they should no longer be extracted and they should no longer be subsidised, say campaigners.
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Our Athens Spring

Aug 25, 2015 | By Les invités de Mediapart
Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis was the guest speaker at the yearly socialist ‘fête de la Rose’ gathering in Frangy-en-Bresse in Burgundy on August 23rd, invited by former French economy minister and anti-austerity campaigner Arnaud Montebourg. This is the text in full of Varoufakis’ revealing and insightful speech.
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Amid drought, California experiments with leasing water rights

Aug 7, 2015 | By ProPublica
The state’s cities need water, and its farmers have it. Could leasing rights to it solve the crisis responsibly, asks US investigative website ProPublica in this analysis article by Abrahm Lustgarten.
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A pharma payment a day keeps US doctors' finances OK

Jul 7, 2015 | By ProPublica
New data on payments from drug and device companies to US doctors show that many of the latter received payments on 100 or more days last year. Some even received payments on more days than they didn’t, reports US investigative website ProPublica, in a series of investigations tracking the financial ties between doctors and medical companies.

#OpenEurope – an appeal for stories

Jul 1, 2015 | By La rédaction de Mediapart
Get involved, tell us your stories, pass on the news! Mediapart this year launched operation #OpenEurope in partnership with seven European and Tunisia media outlets plus a number of associations, collectives and NGOs. The aim: to make people more aware of the migrant tragedy and pass on details of how people all over Europe are doing something about it. For that, your participation is vital.
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Left in the brain: the potentially toxic residue from MRI drugs

Jun 17, 2015 | By ProPublica
Researchers have raised alarms about unknown health risks of GE Healthcare’s Omniscan and Bayer’s Magnevist, drugs injected to get better MRI pictures that contain the heavy metal gadolinium. US investigative website ProPublica reports on the disturbing evidence.

Turkey: the temptation to legalise the violation of human rights

May 17, 2015 | By Alain Devalpo
While Turkey gets ready for a crucial general election on June 7th, more than 40% of voters say they would not trust the results and are afraid of major electoral fraud. In this context, the recent vote by the Turkish parliament on 'internal security' legislation is not reassuring. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plan allows for the legalisation of certain human rights violations. Here academic Ibrahim Kaboğlu, a prominent figure in Turkish society, reacts against this security policy that started in the wake of the Gezi Park demonstrations.
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What is common to the US, Greece, Portugal and others concerning Germany?

May 12, 2015 | By Les invités de Mediapart
Inspired by a talk I had with two statisticians in the National Statistical Institute of Portugal, and against the background of the repeated critique by the US Department of the Treasury Office of International Affairs on German economic policy, I analysed the foreign trade between Germany and Portugal. The result clearly supports the argument of the US Treasury – and shows what European politics lacks most, writes Thorsten Hild, editor of the German online journal Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft – Analyse & Meinung. 
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When a US newspaper stared down the country’s largest advertiser

Apr 22, 2015 | By ProPublica
A little-remembered incident helped establish the notion that news organizations could and should preserve their independence from advertisers, reports US investigative website ProPublica. As Wall Street Journal publisher Barney Kilgore told Time magazine: "For years almost everything in Detroit has been 'off the record.' We just decided not to play it that way. It isn't journalism."
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Hillary Clinton’s top five clashes over secrecy

Mar 17, 2015 | By ProPublica
The latest flap over Hillary Clinton's private emails when secretary of state is far from the first time she’s been accused of lacking transparency.

In Diyarbakir, in Turkey, the Kurds are gaining their autonomy step by step

Feb 26, 2015 | By Alain Devalpo
The Kurdish capital of Turkey, which has two millions inhabitants, faces a perilous time but is also full of hope. Since the start of the 20th century, the Kurds have been split between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, but today this population without a state is at the heart of the reconstruction of the Middle East.
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Alberto Nisman and Argentina’s history of assassinations and suspicious suicides

Feb 16, 2015 | By ProPublica
Whether the death of crusading Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman is found to be a suicide or homicide, many Argentines probably won’t believe it. The past has taught them to always look for the sinister explanation. 

Turkey: international press freedom on hold

Feb 16, 2015 | By Alain Devalpo
After the army, the judges, the police and the Turkish press, the conservative Turkish government keeps on finding new internal enemies. It is now the turn of international journalists to be the target of this government through attacks via the news or social media and even legal action.
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Scholars' Appeal for Greece

Feb 5, 2015 | By Les invités de Mediapart
We the undersigned call on the governments of Europe, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF to respect the decision of the Greek people to choose a new course and to engage the new government of Greece in good faith negotiations to resolve the Greek debt.

The aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks: introduction

Feb 1, 2015 | By Melextra JET
In this blog project on the theme of French responses to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, a group of Lille University masters degree students in English-French translation present a wide range of reports published in the French media in the aftermath of January’s shocking events. Their English versions of the articles, complete with glossaries and information notes, provide an insight into the personalities, groups and issues influencing debate and how these topics are reported in France.
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Judge orders NYPD to release records on bomb-sniffing X-ray vans

Jan 20, 2015 | By ProPublica
The New York Police Department has a secretive programme that uses unmarked vans with X-ray machines designed to detect bombs. US investigative website ProPublica tried to find out more about it, but the NYPD refused to answer for three years. Now a state judge has ordered the New York City Police Department to release records on the programme.

Vive la Résistance!

Jan 12, 2015 | By sue landau
Those who attacked France last week forgot that this is the country of resistance. On Sunday 11th January, 2015, a sea of people – no, an ocean – demonstrated against the killers of Charlie Hebdo, the assassins of ordinary police officers and the gunning down of Jews. It was a staggering sight to see, and was followed around the world.

Charlie Hebdo attack: this is not a clash of civilisations

Jan 12, 2015 | By A.mondon
The attack on Charlie Hebdo was an abominable tragedy. It struck the heart of one of our capitals and symbols of our democracies as terrorists attacked our freedom of the press.

On Charlie Hebdo: A letter to my British friends

Jan 11, 2015 | By Olivier Tonneau
      Dear friends,      A horrid assault was perpetrated against the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, who had published caricatures of Mohamed, by men who screamed that they had “avenged the prophet”. A wave of compassion followed but apparently died shortly afterward and all sorts of criticism started pouring down the web against Charlie Hebdo, who was described as islamophobic, racist and even sexist. Countless other comments stated that Muslims were being ostracized and finger-pointed.

You can't kill the spirit

Jan 7, 2015 | By sue landau
Paris, 7th January 2015.The day they tried to kill freedom.They don't know this song:“You can’t kill the spirit*She is like a mountainOld and strongShe goes on and on”...

Leviathan, directed by Andrei Zvyangintsev

Dec 28, 2014 | By François Holmey
Set in a remote village in the north of Russia, Leviathan tells with tragic beauty the story of Kolya, a car mechanic, in his struggle to prevent the local mayor from expropriating and redeveloping his land.

No Justice in Lima Outcome

Dec 14, 2014 | By Maxime Combes
Late in the night, 194 countries of the UN framework convention on climate change finally found an agreement. Far from satisfactory, this agreement jeopardizes any "historic agreement" in Paris. The climate justice NGOs and movements, including Attac France and the Friends of the Earth France, have released this first analysis.

2015: a landmark year in Turkish-Armenian relations

Dec 3, 2014 | By Alain Devalpo
The year 2015 approaches and with it a series of commemorations to mark the centenary of the Armenian genocide. On November 22nd and 23rd, 2014, the Hrant Dink Foundation organised various lectures at the University of Ankara where participants discussed the closed border between the young Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey.

Mediapart receives Jaime Arias award for journalistic excellence

Dec 2, 2014 | By La rédaction de Mediapart
The Association of European Journalists in Catalonia and the Barcelona daily newspaper La Vanguardia have named Mediapart as the recipient of the inaugural Jaime Arias award for journalistic excellence, a prize that was created this year in memory of one of the leading figures in Catalan journalism.

My crowd-funding campaign of shame

Nov 21, 2014 | By John Von Sothen
Hello everyone!I’ve noticed in the past few months that some of my close friends have used crowd-funding campaigns to raise money for their personal projects, whether it be for a film, a play, or a tummy tuck procedure. Each campaign turned out to be a big success, so I thought, why not try one myself?

The value of independence

Jan 27, 2014 | By Edwy Plenel
Mediapart occupies a place apart in the French press. It has no advertising, it receives no state subsidies and has no financier or industrialist behind it. Instead, it lives from the support alone of its readers.

About Mediapart

Sep 29, 2010 | By La rédaction de Mediapart
Launched in March, 2008, Mediapart is France's first fully-independent, ad-free news website, updated three times daily, seven days a week.

‘White Trash’ — the original underclass

Aug 13, 2016 | By ProPublica
Two new books that reckon with the long, bleak history of America’s white poor suggest their plight shouldn’t have caught the rest of the country off guard, reports US investigative website ProPublica's Alec MacGillis.