Keyword: drugs

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.

Indonesian court rejects French man's appeal against death sentence

Serge Atlaoui, who was arrested at an ecstasy laboratory in 2005, now faces firing squad after supreme court bid fails.

France rugby team high on drugs in 1980s, claims new book

Journalist claims French players were on amphetamines during a famous, violent win over All Blacks in 1986.

France's equivalent of Scotland Yard in crisis

A string of sex, fraud and drug scandals has recently engulfed Paris's criminal investigation force, which is based at 36 Quai des Orfèvres.

The international drugs trade returns to post-war Mali


Since the retreat of jihadist forces from northern Mali, and the winding down this year of the French military campaign that forced them out of the area, drugs trafficking has regained its lucrative path across the Sahel region, en route to Europe. Thomas Cantaloube reports from Mali on how the drugs trade has become a major cause of corruption in both the former French colony and the wider region of West Africa, where the transit of drugs is now joined by a dangerous and growing new phenomena, that of drug consumption.

'French Connection' dealer, 73, faces new sentence in Connecticut

Alfred Catino was among 16 people arrested in Connecticut in 2012 in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana, cocaine and oxycodone.

French policeman seized in massive cocaine hunt

The unnamed officer, 34, was picked up while on holiday in the southern city of Perpignan by officers probing theft of €3m drugs haul.

France calls into question pharmacies' monopoly

Report calls for an end to chemists' monopoly on the sale of certain drugs such as aspirin, which could then be sold on supermarket shelves.

Huge cocaine haul seized on Air France plane in Paris

Police seized the 1.3 tonnes of pure cocaine on board an Air France flight from Venezuela, with the drugs found packed inside 30 suitcases.

Marseille's lurid tit-for-tat killings – the real story


The reprisal murders that take place in Marseille regularly make the headlines and have helped fuel the idea that crime in France's major Mediterranean port city is spiralling out of control. However, as Louise Fessard reports, the crime statistics and other research tell a different story.

Emergency meeting called after latest shootings in Marseille

Interior minister Manuel Valls calls for crisis meeting after two fatal shootings in Marseille, where 15 people have already been murdered this year.

Tour de France riders say ‘enough is enough’ when it comes to drug accusations

On the eve of race, cyclists feel 'degraded' after newspaper quoted Lance Armstrong saying it was impossible to win the Tour without doping.

Thousands of deaths per year in France because of medication

Expert says 18,000 people die as a result of the side effects of certain medications, many of which are handed out under unjustified prescriptions.

Time to scrap France's anti-crime squads?


France's police anti-crime squads were set up to help combat street crime. But have they themselves become part of the problem? Driven by a target-setting culture, coming into contact with large-scale drug trafficking, co-opting their own members and subject to only limited management oversight, they seem almost programmed to crash out of control. Even before the emergence of a recent anti-crime squad corruption scandal in Marseille involving drugs, the positive impact of these police units in France's run-down estates was far from clear. Louise Fessard reports.

French police crack 'huge' Albanian drug gang

French police have dismantled what officials called a "huge" Albanian heroin-trafficking network, making 39 arrests in the eastern town of Mulhouse.