Conseil d'état

Rights groups take French racial profiling case to top court

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The groups have filed a class action lawsuit against the French state to fix what they contend is a culture of systemic discrimination in identity checks by police. 

Top French court rejects scrapping the state of emergency

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France’s top administrative court rejects appeal from human rights group, says terror threats and risk of attacks justify measure.

French court upholds use of sweeping new house arrest powers

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Council of state ruled appropriate the arbitrary house-arrest of seven environmentalists during Paris climate summit, as allowed by state of emergency.

Mediapart wins battle for openness over French election accounts scrutiny


It took three years, but Mediapart has finally been vindicated in its fight for full transparency when it comes to scrutinising the campaign accounts of French elections. The highest administrative court in the land, the Conseil d'État, has ruled in favour of Mediapart's demand that the entire process of how election accounts are checked by the official body in charge – the CNCCFP - should be open to the public. The ruling means that whatever the election and whoever the candidate the public has a right to know the full details. Mathilde Mathieu reports on this landmark verdict.

Bouygues wins appeal against 4G licence fees

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French telecoms regulator had granted Bouygues 4G use of its second-generation mobile spectrum, but at a six-fold increase over voice-call cost.

Top French court grants coma patient the right to die

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But parents of Vincent Lambert, who has been in a coma since 2008, appeal to European Court of Human Rights over case that has split family.