Trial opens of alleged accomplices in jihadist murder of French priest

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Four alleged accomplices in the July 2016 murder of 85-year-old French priest Jacques Hamel, whose throat was cut by two teenagers who claimed to be acting in the name of the so-called Islamic State group, has opened in Paris.

The extraordinary acquittal of he who murdered Jean Jaurès


Next month will mark the 100th anniversary of the assassination of France's revered socialist leader Jean Jaurès, an icon and figure of reference for the French Left. Among the various works published in tribute to Jaurès on the centenary of his death, a book published last month focuses upon the largely ignored and extraordinary outcome of the trial of his killer, acquitted by a jury despite assuming full responsibility for his act, which he carried out alone and in front of numerous witnesses. The story of the trial, held shortly after the end of World War One, is also that of the political and social atmosphere prevalent in France after the 1918 armistice, when Jaurès' pre-war, outspoken pacifist stand had become regarded by some with hateful contempt. Michel Deléan reports.

Corsica national parklands chief shot dead

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Jean-Luc Chiappini, 65, was ambushed and killed by a gunman riding pillion on a high-powered motorbike as he left Ajaccio airport by car.

French government targets Corsica crime gangs

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The shooting last week of a prominent lawyer on Corsica, the 15th such assasination this year, prompts crackdown on organised crime on the island.

Prominent Corsican lawyer gunned down

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Jean-Dominique Allegrini-Simonetti, whose clients included the island's nationalist leaders and politicians, was shot dead at a petrol station.