Human rights groups seek injunction to stop delivery of French boats to Libya

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Eight human rights and refugee associations have joined together to take legal action over France's decision to give a number of fast boats to the Libyan navy. At the launch of their legal process on Thursday April 25th, the groups said France's actions would “contribute to blatant violations” of migrants' fundamental rights. Mathilde Mathieu reports.

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“What the devil was he doing on that ship?” Everyone recalls the cry of anguish from the character Géronte in one of Molière's plays, when the old man is convinced that his son has been taken hostage on the open sea and he wants the justice system to intervene. Less well-known is the reply that Scapin, the sceptical and sarcastic valet who is the eponymous central character of 'The Trickeries of Scapin', gives: “Justice on the high seas? Are you joking?”