Keyword: appeal

Dodgy dossier: scandal of investigation into petrol bomb attack on French police

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À Viry-Châtillon, le 8 octobre 2016. © Thomas Samson / AFP À Viry-Châtillon, le 8 octobre 2016. © Thomas Samson / AFP

On April 18th 2021 five youths were found guilty on appeal of an attack in 2016 in which two police officers were set ablaze when their patrol car was pelted with petrol bombs in a Paris suburb. The five were given jail terms of between six and 18 years. Eight other youths were acquitted. The appeal verdicts, which were more lenient than the original trial in 2019, caused outrage among some politicians and led to a protest march by angry police officers. But Mediapart can reveal that the real scandal was the way in which police detectives ran the initial investigation into the brutal attack in Viry-Châtillon. Officers truncated or cut out entire sections of what suspects said in custody. They also put pressure on them to implicate other youths from the area. Lawyers for some of those involved have described it as a “legal scandal” and formal complaints have now been made to prosecutors about the conduct of the detectives. Pascale Pascariello reports.

Divorce: French woman ‘at fault’ for ending sexual relations with husband

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Inside the European Court of Human Rights. © FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP Inside the European Court of Human Rights. © FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP

A 66-year-old woman has lost all her appeals in France against a divorce case ruling that she was at fault in the collapse of her marriage after refusing to continue to have sexual relations with her husband. This month she submitted an ultimate appeal before the European Court of Human Rights in what may prove a watershed case on the notion of “conjugal duty”. Marine Turchi reports.

Amid rising Covid-19 cases, French PM calls for public 'responsibility'

As new admissions of Covid-19 patients to hospitals and intensive care units continued on an upward trend in France over recent weeks, Prime Minister Jean Castex has appealed for 'a sense of responsibility' to encourage young aduts to observe social distancing and mask-wearing after widespread flouting of the measures during the summer holiday period.   

President Macron visits London for Resistance anniversary

The French head of state is commemorating the 80th anniversary of wartime leader Charles de Gaulle's BBC broadcast to occupied France after the 1940 Nazi invasion.

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.