Keyword: children

French plan for mandatory 11-vaccine shot meets with public mistrust

The French parliament will later this year debate a health ministry proposal to make compulsory the vaccination of young children against 11 different ingectious diseases, only three of which are currently mandatory, but the move divides public opinion of which, opinion surveys show, a large minority consider vaccines unsafe.

French bishop resigns over 'inappropriate behaviour' towards youths

Bishop of Dax's deputy told a news conference that three young people had come forward with allegations but 'it's not about paedophile acts'.

The long path to reparations for lost children sent to repopulate rural France

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Réunionese child deportees in France during the 1970s (location and exact date unknown). © Jean-Charles Pitou - 'Génération brisée' Réunionese child deportees in France during the 1970s (location and exact date unknown). © Jean-Charles Pitou - 'Génération brisée'

For several decades, it remained one of the most shameful secrets of post-war France: from 1963 to 1982, more than 2,000 children were  deported from the French-governed Indian Ocean island of La Réunion to mainland France in a government programme to repopulate deserted rural areas in the centre of the country. It was only in 2002 that the scandal first came to public attention, beginning a long campaign for justice. That finally resulted in an official commission of enquiry which this week presented its initial findings, when it formally recognised the displaced children’s suffering, including maltreatment and racism. But the victims, a number of whom are now in their 50s and 60s, are still waiting for proper reparation.

'No charges' for French troops over child sex claims in Africa

Investigating judges have found no evidence to warrant further investigation into claims of abuse in the Central African Republic, the BBC says.

France and UK bicker over child migrants in Calais

French ministers have hit back at apparent British criticism of way migrant children are being treated while Calais camp is dismantled.

The shocking story of La Réunion island's children stolen by France

More than 2,000 children were removed from the Indian Ocean island between 1963 and 1982 as part of a French government programme to repopulate rural postwar France, where Jean-Thierry Cheyroux, now 56, was sent in 1967 to work on the farm of his adoptive parents.

France says Britain has 'moral duty' to accept Calais child migrants

France's interior minister said ahead of a meeting on Monday with his British counterpart that he was 'solemnly asking Britain to assume its moral duty' to grant asylum to hundreds of children living in the makeshift migrant camp in the French Channel port.

French parents 'could be jailed' for posting children’s photos online

Parents told they could be sued by their grown-up children for posting photos of them on social networks, leading to fines or imprisonment.

France's Front National 'waging culture war on artists'

Far-right mayor angers artists with plans to make them earn their subsidised rent by looking after primary school children for free.

Surrogate children get legal recognition in France

Though surrogacy remains banned in France, children born abroad will now be legally tied to their parents and will be granted birth certificates.

French soldiers accused of sexual abuse of minors in Africa

French military say they informed French judicial authorities and have begun moves to suspend the troops, who are serving in Ouagadougou.

French PM forced to pay for children's trip to football match on government jet

Manuel Valls took sons on official Falcon to watch Champions League final in Berlin, claiming his own presence was for official business with Fifa.

French parents banned from naming their child Nutella or Fraise

Judge ruled that giving a girl the 'name of a chocolate spread' was against her interests as it 'might lead to mockery and unpleasant remarks'.

French education ministry picture sparks racist abuse

French education ministry’s Facebook page inundated with racist comments because most children in its 'back to school'  photo were black.

US father slammed over 'irresponsible' Mont Blanc stunt

Local official is furious after climber Paul Sweeny told US TV he climbed the mountain with his two young boys when an avalanche struck.