Dominican Republic

Why Latin American migrants have been sleeping rough in a Paris suburb

France — Report

Around 150 migrants from Latin America – Colombia, Cuba, Peru, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic – are living in a makeshift street camp in a Paris suburb having recently been evicted from a disused warehouse in which they were squatting. Some came to France for a better life for their family, others for political reasons. But as Irene Casado reports, all the migrants, who include children and pregnant women, face an uncertain future faced with the indifference of the local mayor and the lack of suitable housing.

'Air Cocaine' drug-trafficking trial opens in France

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The trial has opened in Aix-en-Provence of nine people, including two former French military pilots, a customs officer and a celebrity bodyguard, accused of running a trans-Atlantic cocaine smuggling scam between the Dominican Republic and France using a Dassault executive jet, in a case marked by intrigue and derring-do escapes.

Egypt extradites French national in ‘Air Cocaine’ case

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Aviation security expert Christophe Naudin sent to Dominican Republic for alleged involvement in escape of two pilots jailed in drugs case.

Egypt to extradite Frenchman in Caribbean drugs case

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Christophe Naudin is wanted in the Dominican Republic for alleged involvement in escape of two pilots sentenced to prison in a drugs case.

Dominican Republic issues warrants over fugitive French pilots

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Caribbean country targets three people it says helped the two pilots flee following drugs conviction, including a far-right French Euro MP.

Fugitive French 'Air Cocaine' pilots arrested in Lyon

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The two pilots had arrived last week in France after fleeing Dominican Republic where they were appealing conviction for drugs smuggling.

French political intrigue behind escape of Dominican Republic 'cocaine' pilots


Revelations about the dramatic escape by two French pilots from the Dominican Republic made headlines in France this week. The two men, convicted of cocaine trafficking, fled the Caribbean country thanks to a well-organised plan while they were on house arrest pending an appeal. But the affair took on a political flavour, too, as anger rose in the Dominican Republic about the pilots' escape and amid claims that some French government agencies were involved. In particular a Euro MP and close ally of Marine Le Pen has belatedly admitted that he was directly involved in the extraction operation. Michel Deléan, Louise Fessard and Marine Turchi report.

France will not extradite ‘Air Cocaine’ pilots to Dominican Republic

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Government spokesman made clear France will not intervene after two pilots convicted of drug trafficking fled Caribbean country by boat.

French pilots quit Dominican Republic despite drug convictions

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The two pilots, convicted of cocaine trafficking but free pending appeal, have 'left a country where justice does not exist' says lawyer.

Dominican Republic court hands French 'Air Cocaine' accused 20 years in jail

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Two executive jet pilots and two other men were found guilty of trying to fly from the Caribbean resort of Punta Cana with 680 kilos of cocaine.