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French firing over veil was ‘religious discrimination’

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Country’s top court rules in favour of woman fired by a private nursery school five years ago for refusing to remove her Islamic veil at work.

Former Paris mayor and wife found guilty of vote-rigging

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Jean Tiberi, 78, who was mayor from 1995 to 2001, was given a fine and suspended jail term after being found guilty in a long-running case.

France's top court to decide if two elephants die

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The country's highest court is to decide whether to give two allegedly tuberculosis-infected elephants a stay of execution after a public outcry.

IMF boss Christine Lagarde to appear before French judges

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The head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde is to appear soon before senior French judges over an investigation into allegations that as French finance minister she was involved in 'aiding and abetting falsification', Mediapart can reveal. The IMF boss is also facing claims that she was involved in the 'misappropriation of public funds'. The affair concerns the controversial decision to use an arbitration process that in 2008 awarded French businessman Bernard Tapie a 403 million-euro payout from the public purse. Lagarde's lawyer is due to learn later this week whether she will be heard as an 'assisted witness'- or be formally placed under investigation. Laurent Mauduit reports.

France jails nine over fundraising for Uzbek militants

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The ringleader of the operation funding the militants, who have ties to al-Qaeda, was sentenced to eight years while others received up to three years.

French psychiatrist guilty over murder by patient

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In the first case of its kind in France a court has found a psychiatrist guilty of involuntary homicide over a murder committed by one of her patients.