The racist advert, placed in an estate agent's office in a Paris suburb and subsequently photographed and posted on social media, demanded that candidates to become tenants of an apartment should be of French nationality and not black.
Behind the acute embarrassment caused for President François Hollande by recent revelations of his relationship with the actress Julie Gayet lies a disturbing backdrop. The pair met regularly in an apartment lent to them by Gayet’s friend and fellow actress Emmanuelle Hauck, who had close links with a number of individuals connected to organised crime. Mediapart has gained access to judicial documents that further underline the very serious risks run by Hollande, wittingly or unwittingly, during his secret liaison, and which former presidential security officers describe as a major failure by his protection services.
More than 90 firefighters battled two hours to contain the apartment fire in southern Paris early on Christmas Day.
The apartment was locked up and untouched for seven decades after its late owner fled to southern France to escape the German invasion of Paris.
A 50-year-old man had been paying rent of 330 euros a month for a flat that has a living area of just 1.56 square metres.