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Tour de France crash suspect arrested

A woman suspected of being the person who caused a major crash of riders on the Tour de France cycling race by entering their path to hold up a cardboard banner message, and who police have spent four days trying to find, has been taken into custody in Brittany.

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Russian player arrested at French Open in match-fixing probe

Russian tennis woman Yana Sizikova, 26, was taken into custody as she took part in the French Open in Paris by police investigating suspected match-fixing at the tournament last year.

Fugitive gunman caught after woodland shoot-out in Dordogne

An armed former soldier who went on the run in woodland in south-west France at the weekend after an incident at his ex-partner's home, when he also fired at police, was reported to have been seriously wounded in a shoot-out with gendarmerie officers during his arrest on Monday.  

Macron wants Belarus opposition to attend next G7 summit

Proposal comes against a background of international outrage over Belarus's diversion of a Ryanair flight on Sunday and the arrest of a dissident journalist on board. 

France demands Kremlin frees returning dissident Alexei Navalny

The French government has called for the 'immediate release' of Alexei Navalny, principal opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, after he was arrested in Moscow on his return to Russia on Sunday after recovering in Germany from a poisoning attack that nearly killed him.

French modelling agent close to Jeffrey Epstein arrested

Jean-Luc Brunel in November 2017 in Paris. © Document Mediapart Jean-Luc Brunel in November 2017 in Paris. © Document Mediapart

French modelling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, who allegedly procured young women and minors for the late Jeffrey Epstein, was taken into police custody for questioning on Wednesday at Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport as he prepared to board a flight to Senegal. Brunel, 74, is a central figure in ongoing investigations into Epstein’s suspected sex-trafficking network in France, and is himself accused by several women of rape and sexual assault.

UK nationals held for attack on policeman at Israeli embassy in Paris

Seven British nationals, including two minors, have been arrested after a car was driven at a gendarme outside the Israeli embassy in central Paris on Monday night.

Senior French army officer held on suspicion of spying for Russia

France's defence minister Florence Parly has confirmed that a French army lieutenant-colonel, whose identity was not released, has been arrested for passing secret information to Russia, which reportedly happened as he prepared to leave France to return to his post with NATO's southern command headquarters in Naples. 

'Financier' of Rwandan genocide arrested in Paris suburb

Félicien Kabuga, 84, who is accused of funding and encouraging the genocide of 800,000 people, mostly Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994, and who was was indicted by the UN international criminal tribunal for Rwanda in 1997 for genocide and six other counts, was arrested on Saturday in the Paris suburb of Asnières where he had been living under a false identity.

Minister says recent arrest foiled 9/11-style attack planned in France

French interior minister Christophe Castaner said an individual 'inspired by the events of September 11th and the planes which destroyed the World Trade Center towers' had recently been arrested by intelligence services for planning a similar attack in France.

DNA shows man detained in Glasgow is not French fugitive

Police Scotland have confirmed that a man arrested at Glasgow airport on Friday on suspicion of being Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès, wanted in France over the murders of his wife and four children in Nantes in 2011, has been released after DNA and finger print comparisons have proven he is not, contrary to earlier widespread media reports, the fugitive.

Frenchman wanted for murders of wife, children arrested in Glasgow

Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès, 58, who disappeared after the bodies of his wife and four children were found in the garden of the family home in Nantes, north-west France, in April 2011, is reported to have been arrested on his arrival in Glasgow on a flight from Paris after his fingerprints were positively matched.

UK pilot arrested over footballer's death in cross-Channel flight

David Henderson, 64, a private pilot from York, north-east England, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following a four-month investigation into the light aircraft crash over the Channel in which Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, travelling from France to his new club Cardiff, died and the pilot, hired by Henderson, missing and presumed dead.

Disappeared Chinese Interpol boss 'admits taking 2m dollars in bribes'

Meng Hongwei, the Chinese head of the France-based international police organisation Interpol who disappeared after travelling to China last September, has admitted accepting more than 2 million dollars in bribes, according to a statement issued by a Chinese court in the north-east city of Tianjin.

First they came for Assange...

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A demonstration in supporrt of Julian Assange held in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, on October 31st 2018. © Reuters A demonstration in supporrt of Julian Assange held in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, on October 31st 2018. © Reuters

The fate of Julian Assange, just like that of Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden, represents a far bigger issue than that of him as an individual, writes Mediapart’s publishing editor Edwy Plenel in this opinion article. Whatever Assange’s personal faults or mistakes, he argues, the move for his extradition to the US is about making an example of him to others because he had the audacity to challenge the powers that be with the weapon of the right to know.