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How Hollande broke election promise over child detentions


Despite his much-vaunted election promises, President François Hollande’s commitment to end the detention of child refugees and migrants has failed to materialise. In mainland France, 460 minors were detained between 2012-2016 and in the overseas département of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean, some 20,000 were locked up. The Léonarda scandal – when a Kosovan child on a school trip in France was arrested pending deportation – is just one example of the hardships faced by immigrant minors under the current presidency. Carine Fouteau reports.

French doctors charging migrants for medical certificates, says charity

Claim by refugee agency comes after Paris doctor was suspended for allegedly charging for certificates entitling migrants to stay in France.

NGOs slam France over record migrant detentions and rights abuses


The number of migrants held in immigration detention centres in France is by far the highest of any country in Europe and is “marked by numerous rights violations”, according to a joint report published by French NGOs, and which revealed that the number of children held in the detention centres reached “a sad record” last year, despite being illegal. Feriel Alouti reports.