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The anger and doubts fuelling France's oil refinery protests

May 25, 2016 | By Mathilde Goanec
Police move in to clear a blockade at the Fos-sur-Mer oil refinery in southern France on Tuesday May 24th, 2016. © Reuters Police move in to clear a blockade at the Fos-sur-Mer oil refinery in southern France on Tuesday May 24th, 2016. © Reuters

Many oil refinery workers, rail workers and aviation staff are on strike or set to go out on strike as France suffers fuel shortages and a power struggle between the government and those opposed to controversial labour law reforms. Union activists have criticised the “extremely violent” actions of the state in removing the blockade at the Fos-sur-Mer oil refinery in the south of France. But despite the growing impact of their industrial action, union militants admit that they will not continue the action on their own indefinitely without the help of workers in other sectors. Mathilde Goanec reports.

French billionaire Serge Dassault's 'foot soldier' jailed for attempted murder

May 24, 2016 | By Yann Philippin
Billionaire Serge Dassault was called as a trial witness but said he was unable to attend. © Reuters Billionaire Serge Dassault was called as a trial witness but said he was unable to attend. © Reuters

On Wednesday May 18th Younès Bounouara was jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of trying to kill a man whose secret recording helped expose alleged vote buying by industrialist Serge Dassault in the town where the latter was mayor for many years. The verdict will come as a major embarrassment for Dassault, who has had close ties with Bounouara for more than 20 years. The two men are currently under investigation over the alleged system of vote buying. Yann Philippin reports.

Plan for divorce without a judge sows discord in France

May 22, 2016 | By Michaël Hajdenberg

The French National Assembly has approved a last-minute government amendment to legal reforms which would mean couples divorcing by mutual consent would not need to get the approval of a judge. The aim is to reduce the large backlog of cases in France's family court system. But as Michaël Hajdenberg reports, the plan has met with opposition from groups who fear it will harm the interests of children and victims of domestic abuse.

French businessman tells court he gave Benjamin Netanyahu one million euros

May 20, 2016 | By Michel Deléan
Arnaud Mimran and Benjamin Netanyahu at Monaco in 2003. © DR Arnaud Mimran and Benjamin Netanyahu at Monaco in 2003. © DR

Arnaud Mimran, a French businessman on trial in Paris for his alleged role in a massive carbon trading VAT scam, has confirmed his financial links with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Under cross-examination on Thursday May 19th, Mimran, who is also under investigation in a separate case of kidnapping and sequestration, said he had given Netanyahu one million euros. Mediapart understands the payment dates back to 2001. The Israeli premier has denied he received such a sum. Michel Deléan reports.

'No alternative': President Hollande emulates Thatcher

May 19, 2016 | By Hubert Huertas

The late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher famously said: “There is no alternative”. This phrase, abbreviated to TINA, became a symbol of her liberal economic approach to government. Now, faced with potential rivals from the Left ahead of the 2017 presidential election, the French president François Hollande has coined his own version of TINA by declaring: “There is no alternative on the Left outside the line that I represent”. Hubert Huertas examines Hollande's high-risk strategy.

Fatal drugs trial: what the French authorities are hiding

May 17, 2016 | By Michel de Pracontal
The Rennes headquarters of the firm who carried out the drugs trial, Biotrial. © REUTERS/Stephane Mahe The Rennes headquarters of the firm who carried out the drugs trial, Biotrial. © REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

On January 17th, 2016, a volunteer died after taking part in a drugs trial in the west of France, while four others suffered suspected brain damage. The company who conducted the trial and supervisory authorities have insisted that the tragedy was “unprecedented” and could not have been foreseen. However, new evidence has emerged that a volunteer in a earlier trial with the same drug suffered side effects and that a later MRI scan shows he suffered a stroke. Yet this information appears to have been concealed by the medical and health authorities. Mediapart's science correspondent Michel de Pracontal reports.

The story of a French jihadist who returned from Syria

May 16, 2016 | By Feriel Alouti

A French jihadist who enrolled in Syria with the al-Nusra Front, allied to al-Qaeda, speaks here about the reasons he left for the war-torn country, his life on the ground and what happened when he returned to France where he is now due to be tried for helping prepare a terrorist attack. In this, his first interview, the young Muslim convert tells Feriel Alouti: “I don’t minimize what I did but was I a threat to France at any given moment? I went there to help Syrians, not to kill French people”.

The French government’s intolerable snub to democracy

May 14, 2016 | By Edwy Plenel

Democracy belongs to neither the Left nor the Right, and when it is flouted by governments of either political side every democrat worthy of the name must simply say “no”, argues Mediapart editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel following the socialist government’s decision to force through parliament, without a vote, its controversial labour law reforms which, he writes in this op-ed, represent a social regression for every employee in France.

French economy minister Macron to bid for presidency

May 12, 2016 | By Laurent Mauduit

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron is to announce he will make a bid as an independent candidate for the French presidency in elections due in 2017, Mediapart has been told by well-informed sources. Macron, 38, who launched his own political movement last month, is reported to be actively seeking funds for his campaign. The move, which Mediapart understands may be announced in early June, could well be the final blow for President François Hollande’s own ambitions for a second term in office and has heightened tensions between Macron and Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Laurent Mauduit reports.

The French mayor back in court for halting evictions of the poor

May 11, 2016 | By Michaël Hajdenberg

Almost a third of the 60,000 population of Vénissieux, close to France’s second-largest city Lyon, in south-east France, live under the poverty line. Every year, its mayor, Michèle Picard, signs municipal decrees to prevent the ordered evictions of dozens of families from their homes, and the cutting off of water and energy supplies to hundreds of others. The decrees are just as regularly challenged in court by the local state authorities of the prefecture, which habitually find favour from the presiding magistrates. This week Picard was back in court to defend her case, just as a new series of evictions get underway. Michaël Hajdenberg reports.

The sexual harassment accounts that forced French parliament deputy speaker to quit

May 9, 2016 | By Lénaïg Bredoux

French Member of Parliament Denis Baupin on Monday resigned from his role as deputy speaker of the lower house, the National Assembly, just hours after the publication of an investigation by Mediapart and France Inter radio in which several female colleagues, including a fellow MP, allege they were sexually harassed by him. Baupin, 53, who is married to housing minister Emmanuelle Coste, last month resigned from the EELV Green party to which all of his accusers belonged at the time of the alleged events. He denies the accusations, which include physical groping and other lewd behaviour and repeatedly sending sexually explicit phone text messages. Lénaïg Bredoux reports.

French Catholic Church in new sex abuse scandal centred on ‘psychoanalyst’ priest

May 7, 2016 | By Daphné Gastaldi, Mathieu Martiniere et Mathieu Périsse
Tony Anatrella. © DR Tony Anatrella. © DR

Over recent months, the French Catholic Church has become engulfed by revelations of paedophile activity by priests who allegedly benefited from protection from their hierarchy. Wide exposure of the cases, some dating back to the 1990s, has led to more witnesses coming forward to complain of sexual abuse by members of the Church. Among the latest cases to resurface now is that of a Paris priest who allegedly engaged for years in the sexual abuse of patients he received as a psychoanalyst. Mediapart can reveal that Tony Anatrella, an advisor to two Vatican councils and who teaches at a prestigious ecclesiastic college in Paris, has never been investigated by the Church despite numerous complaints made against him since 2001. Daphné Gastaldi, Mathieu Martiniere and Mathieu Périsse report.

Anthropologist Scott Atran on why Islamic State is a wider threat than realised

May 5, 2016 | By Joseph Confavreux

Anthropologist Scott Atran, a research fellow with Oxford University who also teaches at University of Michigan and John Jay College in New York, is a leading expert in the study of the motivations of those who join jihadist ranks and the rise of the Islamic State group, and advises governments and international organizations on the issue. In this interview with Joseph Confavreux, he argues that the draw of IS is widely misunderstood, is not limited to disenfranchised communities, and that the organization can only be overcome by a different military, political and psychological approach by Western nations.

How Renault boss Carlos Ghosn ran over shareholders

May 3, 2016 | By martine orange

Last Friday, the board of French carmaker Renault insisted it would pay chief executive Carlos Ghosn a package of 7.2 million euros for his services in 2015, despite a revolt by shareholders who disapproved of the deal which economy minister Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday denounced as “excessive”. In this opinion article, Mediapart’s economic affairs correspondent Martine Orange argues that Ghosn, who is also paid a yearly 8 million euros as head of Nissan, is typical of a new caste of cynical oligarchs who are unaccountable to anyone, even to the very shareholders who first launched them on a path of greed.

Tariq Ramadan: profile of a Muslim bogeyman in France

May 1, 2016 | By Mathieu Magnaudeix
Seeking French nationality: Tariq Ramadan © Reuters Seeking French nationality: Tariq Ramadan © Reuters

Every few years France gets swept up in a controversy over Tariq Ramadan. And since 1995 much of the French establishment has vilified and shunned this Muslim preacher, writer and academic, whom they suspect of advocating radical Islamism and sectarian views. Now the Swiss-born intellectual with Egyptian roots is seeking French nationality in a move that is likely to provoke yet another row. Mathieu Magnaudeix profiles a controversial figure who is almost impossible to classify.

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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 La rédaction de Mediapart
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 La rédaction de Mediapart
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.

Comment Nuit Debout à Rouen rebaptise civiquement l’église des pauvres

May 9, 2016 | By Bertrand ROUZIES
La nouvelle ecclesia Saint-Nicaise © Nuit Debout Rouen La nouvelle ecclesia Saint-Nicaise © Nuit Debout Rouen
La mairie de Rouen était sans doute loin d’imaginer que son projet d’opération immobilière juteuse menaçant une église désacralisée inscrite au patrimoine serait enrayé par les activistes de Nuit Debout.