The secret deals struck between the French army and 'collateral' victims

International — Investigation

France’s armed forces regularly enter into financial compensation agreements with innocent victims, or in the worst cases their relatives, of military actions abroad. The exact amounts paid by the public purse, and their numbers, are held secret, even to Members of Parliament. Justine Brabant has written a book on the subject, and in this report, updated with new details, she recounts the degrading haggling that victims are subjected to, the less than noble motives behind the often derisory damages awards, and how the taking of an innocent woman’s life in the African state of Chad was valued at 35 heads of cattle.

Nadal wins case against ex-French sports minister over 'doping' claim

International — Link

Former conservative French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot, who has become a television talk show personality in France since leaving office, has been ordered by a Paris court to pay 10,000 euros in damages to Spanish tennisman Rafael Nadal, and was handed a suspended fine of 500 euros, after it found her public claim that he used doping drugs was unfounded.

Paris court awards damages to Kate Middleton over topless photos

International — Link

French celebrity gossip magazine Closer has been ordered to pay 100,000 euros in damages to the Duchess of Cambridge for publishing pictures of her sunbathing topless while on holiday in Provence in 2012, a sum well below the 1.5 million euros that her lawyer had demanded.

Unmasked adulterous French businessman seeks damages from Uber

France — Link

The man from the south-east Riviera region, who is reportedly claiming 45 million euros in damages, alleges a bug in the Uber mobile application allowed his wife to track his movements on her mobile phone after he used it on one occasion to book a ride.

French court slashes SocGen trader Jérôme Kerviel's damages to bank

France — Link

The Versailles appeal court ruled that Kerviel, who was previously ordered to pay back 4.9 billion euros he was accused of having cost the Société Générale in rogue trading in 2008, should now pay back just 1 million euros.

Closer ordered to pay damages to actress in Hollande affair

France — Link

The magazine must pay 15,000 euros for breaching Julie Gayet's privacy with photos revealing her relationship with the French president.

SocGen ex-trader Kerviel faces prison after losing appeal

France — Link

But appeal court does overturn initial judgement that Kerviel has to repay the 4.9 billion euros in losses he was said to have caused bank.

Ryanair hit for 9 mn euros by French court

International — Link

Judges rule that airline had illegally given French-based staff Irish contracts in order to save money on payroll and other taxes.

French first lady claims court victory in privacy battle

France — Link

Paris court awardsValérie Trierweiler €10,000 in damages after ruling that a book about her love life breached her right to privacy.