Keyword: drugs

Moroccan police called in to deal with foreign youngsters on Paris streets

Police intervene in an altercation between Moroccan youths and a local trader in the Goutte d'Or district of Paris, July 2018. © Rachida El Azzouzi Police intervene in an altercation between Moroccan youths and a local trader in the Goutte d'Or district of Paris, July 2018. © Rachida El Azzouzi

Dozens of Moroccan youths roam the Goutte d'Or district of Paris, where they are both the authors and victims of violence and have been making life a misery for local inhabitants. Unable to cope, over the summer the French authorities called on Moroccan police officers to help arrange possible repatriation of some of the youngsters. Rachida El Azzouzi and Mathilde Mathieu report on a policy that has alarmed some local support groups.

Indonesia frees French man jailed in 1999 for hash smuggling

Michael Blanc, now aged 45, was arrested on Boxing Day in 1999 with 3.8 kilogrammes of hashish hidden inside scuba diving canisters, which he claimed he was unaware of, and after becoming a cause célèbre in France notably through the determined campaign of his mother who fiercely protested his innocence, narrowly escaped the death penalty before finally arriving back in Europe.

France probes ex-boss of anti-drugs agency Octris

Former head of France's anti-drugs agency, François Thierry, is being investigated on suspicion of complicity in drug-trafficking.

France opens first safe-injection room for drug addicts

The room in northern Paris, which is expected to be used by about 100 addicts daily after it opens on Friday and which is entirely financed by the French health minsistry, will provide clean needles and operate under medical supervision.

Egypt to extradite Frenchman in Caribbean drugs case

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

French drug trial scandal: 'dogs died in pre-clinical test'

Newspaper says that drug which left one person dead and four others with suspected brain damage had killed dogs in pre-clinical trial.

Workers suffer as profitable pharma firms axe French jobs

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On Tuesday February 2nd France's pharmaceuticals giant Sanofi announced that it would be shedding up to 600 jobs over three years. Just before Christmas another drug maker, Servier, revealed that more than 600 posts will go, while Swiss company Novartis is also discreetly losing up to 200 positions in France. The news of the job losses comes despite the fact that some of the firms are not only profitable but have also been picking up taxpayers' cash aimed at protecting employment. Mathilde Goanec reports.

Man who lost brain function in French drugs trial dies

Three other men are in intensive care in a Rennes hospital with what doctors fear may be irreversible brain damage after the Phase 1 clinical trial.

The lottery of France's laws on smoking cannabis

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For many years successive French governments have opposed the decriminalisation of cannabis, unlike many other countries. However, France did recently bring in on-the-spot police fines in a bid to simplify procedures and avoid lengthy and costly court cases for cannabis users. However, this new approach will not end the disparities and lack of coherence in the existing repressive policy, under which prosecution for using cannabis depends as much on who you are and where you live as on what you smoke. Michaël Hajdenberg reports.

Fugitive French 'Air Cocaine' pilots arrested in Lyon

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

Three dead, including two teenagers, in Marseille shooting

The two 15-year-olds and a man, 24, were standing near stairwell of apartment block when they were gunned down by occupants of two cars.

France's François Hollande broadens message in hunt for votes

The most unpopular president in French polling history, Hollande plays up his rustic roots, backs police, and visits underprivileged suburbs.

French customs in 20-million-euro cannabis bust in chic Paris quarter

No arrests were made when the drugs were found in vans parked in the 16th arrondissement in bags containing resin blocks of around 25 kilos.

First drug 'shooting gallery' to open in French hospital despite protests

Drug consumption facilities with clean needles and staffed with counsellors and health workers to open at Lariboisière hospital in Paris.

France's president warns Indonesia of consequences if Frenchman executed

François Hollande spoke of diplomatic consequences if planned execution of Serge Atlaoui over drug trafficking offences goes ahead.