Divorce: French woman ‘at fault’ for ending sexual relations with husband


A 66-year-old woman has lost all her appeals in France against a divorce case ruling that she was at fault in the collapse of her marriage after refusing to continue to have sexual relations with her husband. This month she submitted an ultimate appeal before the European Court of Human Rights in what may prove a watershed case on the notion of “conjugal duty”. Marine Turchi reports.

Unmasked adulterous French businessman seeks damages from Uber

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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.

Plan for divorce without a judge sows discord in France


The French National Assembly has approved a last-minute government amendment to legal reforms which would mean couples divorcing by mutual consent would not need to get the approval of a judge. The aim is to reduce the large backlog of cases in France's family court system. But as Michaël Hajdenberg reports, the plan has met with opposition from groups who fear it will harm the interests of children and victims of domestic abuse.

Divorce without judges? France mulls breakup plan

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Under the proposal, which is being considered by ministers, a court clerk could approve divorces in cases where both spouses agree on the split.

Father occupies crane to publicise custody battle

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Two years after losing custody of his son, a father in Nantes, west France, scaled and occupied a towering shipyard crane in protest.

Divorce court freezes arms broker’s assets

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In a series of exclusive reports that began in July, Mediapart has revealed the long-standing close links between France-based businessman and arms dealer Ziad Takieddine and the inner circle of advisers and aides surrounding Nicolas Sarkozy, before and after he became French president. Here, Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske reveal how the businessman's financial and property assets have been frozen ahead of his imminent divorce and assess what the implications are for the investigation into the Karachi affair.