A year on, probe into death of French dam protester stalls

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In October 2014 student Rémi Fraisse was killed by a grenade thrown by a gendarme during a protest over plans to build a dam at Sivens in south-west France. A year later the judicial investigation into the 21-year-old's death has become bogged down. Investigators have sifted through the victim's background but, as Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan reports, they seem no closer to placing any officers under formal investigation or even examining the instructions that those officers were given from on high.

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It was a year ago, on the night of October 25th to October 26th, 2014, that a 21-year-old environment student with no history of trouble was killed by a gendarme's grenade in south-west France. Rémi Fraisse had been among demonstrators protesting against plans to build a new irrigation dam at Sivens, 40 kilometres south-east of Montauban. Though it was hidden by the authorities for 24 hours, the cause of Rémi Fraisse's death was immediately clear both to gendarmes and first aid teams who were at the scene.