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French state sentenced over attempt to search Mediapart's offices


On July 6th, a French court ruled against the state over its attempted search of Mediapart’s premises on February 4th 2019, which it found was “neither necessary in a democratic society, nor proportionate to the objective sought”. The ruling, which was notably severe for the Paris public prosecution services, further enshrines the freedom to inform and the protection of sources, writes Mediapart’s publishing editor Edwy Plenel in this analysis of the case.

Court rules France failed to respect its climate change goal

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President Macron’s lobbying for global climate action is not backed up by sufficient domestic measures, say environmental groups.

French court rules employee's death after sex a workplace accident

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A Paris appeal court has ruled that the death from heart failure of a railway construction technician after a sexual encounter while on assignement in central France was a workplace accident, a classification that entitles his family to long-term compensation of what would have been his future income.

French film on paedophile priest case opens after legal go-ahead

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François Ozon’s film Grace a Dieu (By the Grace of God), which tells the real-life story of how Catholic priest Bernard Preynat sexually abused young scouts the 1980s and early 1990s, opened in French cinema theatres on Wednesday after a Paris court ruled against a last-minute attempt by Preynat, who has yet to be tried, to halt its distribution, and also against a demand by a psychologist and member of the Lyon diocese that her name should be removed.  

French minister hails Monsanto verdict, slams political 'indifference'

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French environment minister Nicolas Hulot has applauded a Californian court judgment which found agrochemical giant Monsanto did not warn of the serious health risks of using its herbicide Roundup, ordering it to pay nearly $290 million to a school groundskeeper who developed terminal cancer after using the product, adding that he hoped the ruling 'corrects the indifference of politicians' over the dangers of the weedkiller's key compound glyphosate. 

French court freezes late rocker's assets over disputed will

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A French court on Fiday ordered that property belonging to the late rock star Johnny Hallyday and future royalty payments on sales of his music are frozen pending a ruling on a challenge brought by his elder children to his will, in which he left all his assets, speculated to be worth up to 100 million euros, to his fourth wife and their two young adopted daughters. 

Court orders magazine Paris Match not to further publish Nice photos

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A Paris court has refused a public prosecutor's demand that the latest issue of French weekly Paris Match be withdrawn from sale over its publication of gruesome CCTV images of the 2016 Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice when a truck ploughed into seafront crowds, killing 86 and injuring hundreds more, but has ordered the magazine not to republish the photos.

French court bars gay woman's adoption of partner's child from IVF

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The court ruled that the mother's IVF treatment in Belgium violated French law which bans medically assisted procreation for homosexuals.

French court rules against euthanasia for car accident victim

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The court ruled against ending the life of a 38-year-old quadriplegic for five years in a vegetative state and whose family are divided over his fate.