bullying

How French foreign minister Catherine Colonna was appointed despite 'bullying' alerts

France— Investigation

Alerts concerning the new French foreign minister's behaviour were sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' dedicated 'zero tolerance' anti-bullying unit at the start of 2022, a few months before she was appointed, according to Mediapart's information. An inspection by the ministry's internal inspectorate was due to be carried out at the French embassy in London where Catherine Colonna was ambassador at the time. That review has since been postponed. Ellen Salvi reports.

Did French school fail Dinah, 14, who took her life after being bullied?

France— Investigation

A month after the suicide of 14-year-old Dinah in October 2021, her parents lodged an official complaint with the prosecution authorities over “bullying”, and have accused the middle school she attended in north-east France of failing to provide assistance to a person in danger. The school and the education authorities deny there was any breakdown in pupil welfare procedures. But other parents have told Mediapart of their concerns over how the same establishment handled the bullying of their children. David Perrotin reports.

Sexual violence and harassment at work: the allegations of McDonald's staff in France

France— Investigation

Mediapart and the website StreetPress have spent several months investigating the management of McDonald's branches in France. We have compiled a total of 78 testimonies from staff who describe a workplace in which sexist, racist and homophobic comments often feature, and even in some cases sexual assaults. The restaurant chain has been accused of turning a blind eye to the problem. It says that non-discrimination is a “cornerstone” of the chain's values. Khedidja Zerouali reports.

Prosecutor calls for bullying trial over France Telecom suicides

France— Link

At least 19 staff took their lives in 2008 and 2009 and company and ex-boss are suspected of using policy of unsettling staff to hasten job losses.

French girls 'tortured' 12-year-old

France— Link

Three schoolgirls aged between 13 and 15 have been arrested in a southern Paris suburb for allegedly sustained brutal attacks on a 12-year-old girl.

France unveils bullying hotline for pupils

France— Link

Education minister Vallaud-Belkacem has launched new plans to tackle bullying which affects up to 700,000 pupils and students a year.