Keyword: DNA

Mystery DNA print found on Paris attacks bomb belts

Investigators have found matching but unidentified DNA samples on two explosive belts abandoned by terrorists after the November attacks.

DNA traces help French police find notorious 'serial rapist'

Suspect held over 'rapes, attempted rapes and sexual assaults' on 34 women aged from 27 to 72 in forest near Paris from 1995 to 2001.

The mad week that was: from the 'Butler tapes' to Omar Raddad


Last week, journalists from Mediapart and weekly news magazine Le Point stood trial on ‘invasion of privacy’ charges for having published secretly-recorded conversations that revealed corruption and profiteering by the entourage of L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. The prosecution has demanded they receive symbolic fines, and a verdict will be delivered in January. Meanwhile, the tax administration demanded the online press make backpayments for VAT rates that no longer apply. The week was capped by developments in a long-running murder case where the possible proof of a shameful miscarriage of justice remains buried by inertia. Hubert Huertas pulls on a common thread linking all three events.

Germanwings plane crash: France halts search for bodies

Search for bodies from the crash site in the French Alps ends as families gather to mourn victims of the doomed passenger jet.

Germanwings crash: DNA of 78 victims found

As search of crash site in Alps continues, French authorities announced they are building an access road to the remote spot to aid their task.

French school rape case: only one student refuses DNA testing

Police investigating rape at lycée in La Rochelle say the student, aged over 18, declined to give sample for personal reasons.

French school to test DNA of male pupils and teachers to find rapist

In a controversial move more than 500 male staff and pupils face genetic testing at Catholic school in La Rochelle after a 16-year-old girl was raped.

Police find Paris gunman's DNA, issue clearer photo of suspect

Police searching a lone gunman who raided two media offices, leaving one man seriously wounded, issue full-face photo of the suspect. 

New DNA tests say head isn’t French king Henri IV

Researchers found a genetic mismatch between the mummified head and three living male relatives of the 17th-century French king.

DNA study finds Europeans really are united - by their ancestors

 © Ramsey Muir © Ramsey Muir

Take two Europeans living today each in their separate, neighbouring countries and the chances are that they have 100 common ancestors over a period stretching back 2,500 years – and between two and 12 family common to both over a period of 1,500 years. That is the remarkable finding of a recent study by researchers from the University of California, who conclude that every modern-day European is a descendant of the same group of ancestors who lived 1,000 years ago. Michel de Pracontal reports.

Alps murder: DNA found at scene 'could be that of killer'

Breakthrough comes more than seven months after members of a British family were gunned down in an isolated beauty spot close to Lake Annecy.

French police stumped over DNA sex attack link to twin brothers

Police have arrested 24 year-old twin brothers after DNA tests linked at least one of them to six sexual assaults in Marseille.