Keyword: appeal

French sports minister urges sexual abuse victims to speak up

As the world of sport in France was engulfed in scandal over accusations of the covering up of widespread sexual abuse of young athletes, and notably the rape allegations by a former ice skating champion and three of her fellow skaters against their former coaches, French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu on Thursday appealed to 'to all victims, past and present, to speak up so that we can find the offenders and prosecute them'. 

French court clears archbishop of covering up child abuse

A conviction and six-month suspended jail sentence handed last year to Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, 69, archbishop of Lyon, for failing to inform the authorities about evidence of child sex abuse by a priest under his authority was overturned on appeal on Thursday, although an association of victims said they would in turn appeal the ruling. 

Nicolas Sarkozy loses final bid to avoid corruption trial

An appeal by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy against a decision to prosecute him on charges of corrupting a senior magistrate to obtain information in a legal case concerning him has been rejected, and he is now expected to stand trial within months. 

Sarkozy loses initial appeal to avoid standing trial for corruption

The first of two appeals lodged by Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy against a decision to send him for trial for influence peddling and corruption was thrown out by a Paris court on Monday.

St.Tropez lifeboat station slams rich loafers denying it funds

An appeal by St. Tropez lifeboat staff for contributions to replace their ageing vessel has fallen on deaf ears among the rich owners of luxury yachts in the fashionable French Riviera port, prompting the station's head to angrily comment that, 'Its great to shower  young ladies with a bottle of 50,000-euro Cristal champagne, but they could be a more restrained and help us a little more'.

Remains found in Italian Alps found to be French skier lost in 1954

Human remains, ski equipment and glasses found in 2005 at an altitude of 3,000 metres in Italy's Aosta region have been found through DNA tests to be that of a Frenchman who disappeared in a storm there in 1954, after his family answered an appeal for information launched on social media by Italian police.

'Carlos the Jackal' loses appeal against third life sentence in France

Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, 68, nicknamed Carlos the Jackal, who became one of the most notorious far-left terrorists during the 1970s and 1980s and who was already serving two life sentennces for terrorism in France, on Thursday lost his appeal before a Paris court againt a previous conviction for leading a hand grenade attack which killed two people and wounded 34 others in a shopping mall in the French capital in 1974.

Tax-evading former French budget minister's appeal trial wraps up

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Jérôme Cahuzac (centre) arriving in court on February 12th. © Reuters Jérôme Cahuzac (centre) arriving in court on February 12th. © Reuters

At the end of two weeks of hearings, a Paris court on Thursday deferred until May its verdict on the appeal by disgraced former French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac against a three-year prison sentence handed to him in 2016 for tax fraud and money laundering. Cahuzac, 65, who Mediapart revealed in 2012 held a secret tax-haven bank account while leading a crackdown on tax fraud, did not contest his conviction, but sought a reduced sentence which would allow him to escape prison. While his lawyers argued that Cahuzac was a “broken” and “finished” man who risked taking his own life if sent behind bars, the prosecution has reiterated its demand for a three-year sentence. Mediapart legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan was in court to follow the proceedings.   

Top French court overturns ban on breeding of cetaceans in captivity

Following a legal appeal by marine parks in France, the country's highest administrative court, the Council of State, has overruled a decision taken last year by outgoing socialist govenment environment minister Ségolène Royal which banned the future breeding of dolphins and killer whales in captivity, after the court decided it had not been properly redacted, .

Anti-Semite comedian Dieudonné loses European rights court appeal

Human rights court upholds hate crime conviction in France after show with Holocaust denier and an actor dressed as concentration camp inmate.

France draws few migrants with belated welcome

France’s relative lack of appeal for migrants has not blunted the fearmongering about immigration that has helped fuel support for far-right.

Dominican Republic court hands French 'Air Cocaine' accused 20 years in jail

Two executive jet pilots and two other men were found guilty of trying to fly from the Caribbean resort of Punta Cana with 680 kilos of cocaine.

French woman abducted in Yemen in video appeal for help

Isabelle Prime, 30, a consultant for Yemen's Social Fund for Development, appears distressed in the video appeal to French and Yemeni leaders.

French president, PM appeal to Jews to remain in France

Jews 'have their place in France' said François Hollande, while PM Manuel Valls told French Jews 'France does not want you to leave'.

French rogue trader Kerviel to be freed from jail

Court rules that 'rogue trader' who lost his bank nearly five billion euros can be freed on Monday, after serving 100 days of a 3-year term.