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Former French president Jacques Chirac dies at 86

Jacques Chirac in December 2010. © Reuters Jacques Chirac in December 2010. © Reuters

Former French president Jacques Chirac, the Gaullist conservative who served two terms as head of state and twice as prime minister, who was for 18 years mayor of Paris and who was convicted of corruption after leaving office, has died at the age of 86. Graham Tearse reports.

Smuggling gangs step up lucrative clandestine Channel crossings

After an Iranian woman became the first migrant known to have died crossing the Channel from France to Britain, a clandestine route that has been attempted by more than 1,200 people, organised crime groups are said to be taking control of the crossing they regard as highly lucrative.

Death of man at centre of French right-to-die case

The death of Vincent Lambert, 42, who had been in a persistent vegetative state since a motorcycle accident 11 years ago, was announced on Thursday, one week after doctors began withdrawing his life support at the end of a lengthy legal battle that bitterly divided his family.

High-profile French jihadist Fabien Clain 'killed' in Syria air strike

Fabien Clain, 41, aka 'brother Omar', a veteran leading member of the so-called Islamic State group, who claimed its responsibility for the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead, has been killed in a coalition air strike in Syria which also wounded his brother Jean-Michel, according to French media reports.

Chanel's fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

German-born fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, nicknamed 'the Kaiser' after his leading role over decades in the world of France's haute couture industry, transforming Chanel into a major money-spinning label, has died in hospital aged 85, it was announced on Tuesday. 

French police shoot dead Strasbourg attack fugitive

A massive manhunt for Cherif Chekatt, the chief suspect in the Tuesday evening shooting spree on the streets of Strasbourg, which left three people dead and 13 others wounded, including one who is described as brain-dead, ended on Thursday evening when the 29-year-old died in a firefight with police in the eastern French city.

 

France fuel protests: 80-year-old woman killed in Marseille

The woman, who lived in an apartment near to where the protests were taking place on Saturday, was hit in the face while closing the shutters.

Macron joins tributes to Kofi Annan

Following the death of former UN secretary general and and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan, French President Emmanuel Macron joined a flood of tributes to the Ghanaian, saying, 'We will never forget his calm and strong-willed look, nor the passion he gave for his fights'.

Man drowns in hole he dug on French beach

A 21-year-old man holidaying on the island of Noirmoutier, western France, drowned after he became stuck in a deep hole he had dug on a beach and was subsequently drowned by the incoming tide.

Border policing practices slammed after drowning of Nigerian woman in French Alps

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A photo of Blessing Matthew taken several years ago in Nigeria. © MM A photo of Blessing Matthew taken several years ago in Nigeria. © MM

Earlier this month the body of a 20-year-old Nigerian woman was found floating in the river Durance, in the foothills of the French Alps. Blessing Matthew had crossed illegally into France from Italy along a treacherous route of mountain passes increasingly used by desperate migrants. From witness accounts, it appears likely that Blessing drowned in the icy waters of the Durance while attempting to escape from one of the frequent border patrols which local migrant support groups say employ dangerously heavy-handed methods. One week later, the body of a man believed to be a migrant was found on a nearby mountainside. Mathilde Mathieu reports from the Alpine region where it is feared the springtime thaw may reveal yet more fatalities.

Celebrated French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood dies aged 62

Didier Lockwood, whose talent was first discovered by the late Stephane Grappelli and who established a worldwide reputation over four decades as a jazz violinist, and who was dedicated to developing music teaching, creating a school of musical improvisation near Paris, has died of a heart attack just hours after performing at a jazz venue in the French capital.

Man dies after falling from roof of Paris metro train

A 21-year-old man has died after falling from the roof of a moving metro train in Paris, apparently trying to avoid colliding with a bridge, in what police suspect was a 'train surfing' stunt.

Pierre Bergé, YSL fashion house co-founder, dies aged 86

Pierre Bergé, the personal and business partner of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, who was an outspoken campaigner for gay rights and Aids research, active in the world of the arts and the media, and who was latterly suffering from myoptahy, died in Provence early on Friday.    

French food critic Christian Millau dies aged 88

The death this weekend of Christian Dubois-Millot, the celebrated culinary journalist known as Christian Millau, who in 1969 launched the influential Gault & Millau restaurant guide with his late colleague Henri Gault, and who championed the development of 'nouvelle cuisine', a lighter and more health-conscious approach to preparing food than in traditional restaurant dishes of the past, was announced on Monday.

West bows to China with lip service over death of rights activist Liu Xiaobo

By Elodie Goulesque
Liu Xiaobo. © Reuters Liu Xiaobo. © Reuters

The death on July 13th of imprisoned Chinese human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has highlighted the reticence of Western nations to clearly denounce the fierce repression meted out by the Chinese authorities against pro-democracy campaigners. Mediapart’s Beijing correspondent Elodie Goulesque reports on how rights issues have fallen off the agenda of the international community in face of China’s rise to the rank of the world’s second superpower.