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French PM meets Pope as child sex abuse scandal fallout spreads

Jean Castex's visit to the Vatican on Monday morning was  overshadowed by reactions following the publication of the conclusions of the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church. 

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French justice minister Éric Dupond-Moretti faces judicial probe over conflict of interest

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Éric Dupond-Moretti, left, and his friend and fellow lawyer Thierry Herzog at Saint-Étienne in south-west France in December 2011. © PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP Éric Dupond-Moretti, left, and his friend and fellow lawyer Thierry Herzog at Saint-Étienne in south-west France in December 2011. © PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP

For the first time in the history of the French republic, a serving minister of justice has been placed under formal investigation by examining magistrates. On Friday July 16th Éric Dupond-Moretti was told he faces a judicial probe by the Cour de Justice de la République (CJR) – which handles allegations relating to a minister's official functions - over claims of an unlawful conflict of interest between his position as justice minister under President Emmanuel Macron and his previous role as a high-profile lawyer. In particular Dupond-Moretti is suspected of using his ministerial post to settle scores with prosecutors and a judge with whom he clashed when working as a lawyer. Lawyers acting for Dupond-Moretti, who denies any wrongdoing, say he intends to stay in his position despite the judicial investigation. Fabrice Arfi reports.

French PM says country close to 'exiting' Covid-19 crisis

As France tentatively moves towards lifting restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic, including the re-opening of restaurants, cinemas and museums and a shorter overnight curfew, Prime Minister Jean Castex claimed the country was 'coming out of this health crisis', above all through vaccinations.

French PM says third wave 'seems over' as ICU numbers near record

France's prime minister Jean Castex said that travel restrictions will be relaxed from early next month.

Scandal of racist and sexist language used at organisation delivering Paris Olympics

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Nicolas Ferrand, CEO of SOLIDEO, during a presentation of a model of the Olympic village in November 2019, watched by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo. © Stéphane DE SAKUTIN / AFP Nicolas Ferrand, CEO of SOLIDEO, during a presentation of a model of the Olympic village in November 2019, watched by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo. © Stéphane DE SAKUTIN / AFP

An investigation by Mediapart has revealed a pattern of anti-Roma insults, sexist behaviour and prejudice towards residents of a high-immigration area among certain staff at an organisation helping to deliver the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. After Mediapart raised the issue with management three employees at SOLIDEO – the body overseeing construction of the Games infrastructure - have been suspended and an internal inquiry has been established. Previous attempts to raise the issue internally, including the referral of complaints to the office of Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo,  apparently had little effect. Jade Lindgaard and Antton Rouget report.

French government to 'go all out' on vaccinations

Prime minister Jean Castex also warned the country has up to two difficult months ahead as the English variant of Covid-19 spreads in France.

When French PM’s communications chief served Saudi interests

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Mayada Boulos, communications advisor to the French prime minister, seen here at the Élysée Palace on June 29th 2020. © Ludovic MARIN / AFP Mayada Boulos, communications advisor to the French prime minister, seen here at the Élysée Palace on June 29th 2020. © Ludovic MARIN / AFP

Mayada Boulos, communications advisor to French Prime Minister Jean Castex, was in charge of a PR campaign to promote Saudi Arabian interests during her previous job with advertising and public relations group Havas. The campaign was on behalf of a foundation created and chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the kingdom who a US intelligence report released last week said had approved the 2018 murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Antton Rouget reports.

Paris mayor puts President Macron on spot over refusal to order new lockdown

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President Emmanuel Macron and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo on July 24th 2020. © Franck Fife/AFP President Emmanuel Macron and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo on July 24th 2020. © Franck Fife/AFP

The city authorities in Paris, led by mayor Anne Hidalgo, have suggested that the French capital and surrounding region be put under a new lockdown to tackle the worsening Covid-19 virus situation there. This has piled pressure on President Emmanuel Macron who has been described by some as the country's “epidemiologist-in-chief” and who has so far resisted growing calls for a lockdown not just in the capital but across France. As Ellen Salvi reports, the Paris authorities are effectively asking a question that the head of state's supporters are refusing to countenance: what if the French president has got it wrong?

UK variant accounts for 'about half' of France's Covid cases, PM says

Jean Castex also said the spread of the virus was worrying in 20 French departments – the country's administrative regions – including Paris and the areas surrounding the capital.

France could impose more regional lockdowns in worst Covid areas

PM Jean Castex said a new nationwide lockdown was not on the agenda, but said French citizens needed to be in a state of heightened alert to make sure they contain the spread of the virus while vaccines are rolled out.

Flood waters recede in southern France but remain high in Paris

In southern France, waters are starting to recede after the worst flooding in 40 years swelled the Garonne River between Bordeaux and Toulouse.

French PM says no need for new national lockdown for now

Jean Castex said that the rate of infection had not significantly strengthened over the past two weeks, even if the pressure on French hospitals remained strong.

New Covid-19 restrictions ‘only delaying inevitable’ say French experts

One health expert said the new measures - imposed instead of another lockdown and which include closing shopping centres - are 'almost meaningless'.

Anatomy of a disaster: how the start of France's vaccine campaign went badly wrong

Health minister Olivier Véran in Paris on January 4th 2021. © MARTIN BUREAU / AFP Health minister Olivier Véran in Paris on January 4th 2021. © MARTIN BUREAU / AFP

The initial slowness in the rollout of its vaccination campaign against Covid-19 has sparked a major political row in France. An investigation by Mediapart can now reveal that a failure of logistics prevented the Pfizer vaccine from being distributed more quickly. As with the earlier debacle over face masks, the Ministry of Health failed to react quickly enough to events and by the end of December had only managed to put in place 38 of the 113 special freezers needed to store the doses at low temperatures. At least three weeks were lost as a result, report Caroline Coq-Chodorge and Antton Rouget.

French PM: all Covid restrictions stay in place, border with UK closed

Prime minister Jean Castex announced that all facilities currently closed in France will remain closed and that the situation for theatres, gyms and ski stations will be reviewed on 20 January.