France's Marine Le Pen goes on trial over Muslim remarks

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Head of far-right Front National accused of inciting racial hatred for comparing Muslims praying in the street to the Nazi occupation.

Former French interior minister in dock over cash payments

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Claude Guéant, Nicolas Sarkozy's former chief of staff and interior minister, one-time national police chief Michel Gaudin and three other top officials who worked for the ex-president are in court this week, accused of misappropriating public funds by receiving tens of thousands of euros in cash payments. The money was siphoned off from a ministerial fund supposed to pay for police investigations. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan reports.

French court awards woman disability grant for 'allergy to gadgets'

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Court recognises that Marine Richard, 39, suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity to everyday devices such as mobile phones.

Disgraced French tycoon Bernard Tapie to sue state for 1bln euros

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The former owner of Adidas claims new evidence shows state-owned bank Crédit Lyonnais actively devalued his shares it was mandated to sell.

Uber executives ordered to stand trial by French court

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Bosses of ride-hailing firm face court accused of 'misleading commercial practices' and complicity in 'illegal exercise of the taxi profession'.

Peggy Guggenheim descendents take Venice Foundation row to French court

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France-based family of late heiress wants her 'diluted' famous Italian collection restored to its original state, and her grave protected.

French families fight shipwreck ruling over lost trawler Bugaled Breizh

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Relatives who believe fishing boat and its crew of five was dragged underwater when a submarine became snagged in its nets want case re-opened.

Illusionist in court over village festival held near French World Heritage site

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On Thursday February 5th illusionist Maximilien Veyssière is due in court for having organised a festival in the small village of Asquins, about 220 kilometres south-east of Paris, in September 2014. Asquins is next to the town of Vézelay, where the basilica of St Magdelene and the hill on which the town and church stand are classified as World Heritage sites by UNESCO. It was here in 1146 that Bernard of Clairvaux preached the Second Crusade, and where in 1189 the English king Richard the Lionheart and his French counterpart Philip II – Philip Augustus – met before embarking on the Third Crusade. Veyssière, 30, and his association had made sure they chose an isolated spot in the middle of woods for their festival, at a location several kilometres from the historic heritage hill itself. However the local prefect – state representative – banned the event and when last-minute legal action by the organisers failed to overturn the ban the authorities forcibly evacuated the area, to the disbelief of local people. These local residents, appalled by the disproportionate reaction of the authorities, have now rallied around Maximilien Veyssière, as these photographs and accounts show.

French comedian in court over comments about Jewish radio presenter

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Dieudonné, accused of inciting racial hatred for saying presenter 'reminds me of the gas chambers', said he was a 'comedian not an historian'.

French court allows gay French-Moroccan couple to wed

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Judges in France rule that the couple can marry despite the North African kingdom’s refusal to recognise same-sex marriages.

Court tells France to pay damages to Somali pirates

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Human rights court says nine arrested pirates should get thousands of euros because they were not immediately brought before a French judge.

French group on trial for using Facebook to warn drivers of speed traps

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Lawyers says 15 defendants who pinpointed location of police mobile radar traps are not 'internet terrorists' and have not broken the law.

French rogue trader Kerviel to be freed from jail

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Court rules that 'rogue trader' who lost his bank nearly five billion euros can be freed on Monday, after serving 100 days of a 3-year term.

French court says ‘non’ to genetically-modified maize

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Top French administrative court confirms ban on Monsanto maize in France, even though it has been cleared for use by the EU.

French court sentences Rwandan over genocide

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The ex-Rwandan army captain was given 25-year jail term after being found guilty in connection with genocide and crimes against humanity.