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‘Rafale Papers’: a video summary of a complex story

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Beginning on April 4th, Mediapart has published a series of investigations into the circumstances of the 7.8-billion-euro sale by France to India of 36 Rafale fighter jets, which is clouded by suspicions of corruption on a large scale. In this short video with English subtitles, Yann Philippin explains the key results of Mediapart’s investigations into this most complex story.

France Covid patient numbers rise, pressure for new lockdown grows

France had 4,791  intensive care unit patients being treated for COVID-19, up from 4,766 on Friday, health ministry data showed.

IKEA French subsidiary and managers stand trial in spying scandal

The trial began on Monday in Versailles of former executives of the French arm of Swedish retailer IKEA, as well as the corporate entity itself, on charges of spying on the private lives of hundreds of staff, in a scandal first revealed by Mediapart eight years ago.

France suspends administration of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine

France on Monday joined a raft of other European countries who have suspended administration of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine over concerns of reported side effects, and which President Emmanuel Macron said was a 'precaution' while waiting for the findings of the European Medicines Agency, which are expected on Tuesday.

Language students link up with lonely elderly in France

In a charity-run scheme, language students from around the world who are unable to study in France because of the coronavirus pandemic link up via the internet to have video chats with elderly French people who, because of the virus threat, are confined to their homes in lonely conditions.

Macron admits French forces ‘murdered’ Algerian freedom fighter

The French president made the admission "in the name of France" during a meeting with Ali Boumendjel's grandchildren.

What's behind France's AstraZeneca turnaround?

French  Macron said AstraZeneca vaccine was "almost ineffective" in the over-65s but his government has announced an apparent U-turn by approving the jab for some older people.

Germany tightens Covid controls at French border over variants

Germany's Robert Koch Institute said it would add the Moselle département in north-east France  to the list of “variant of concern” areas that already includes countries such as the Czech Republic, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

French hospitals hit by ransomware attack

Cyber-attacks against three French hospitals over recent days, the latest in a series that, beginning last year, targeted others in Paris and several towns across the country, have caused patient transfers and the postponement of a number of surgical operations, although Covid-19 patients were reportedly unaffected.

Diplomatic cable shows France allowed Rwandan genocide perpetrators to escape

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Alain Juppé, French foreign affairs minister in 1994, seen here in May 2020 at France’s Constitutional Council where he now sits. © JOEL SAGET / AFP Alain Juppé, French foreign affairs minister in 1994, seen here in May 2020 at France’s Constitutional Council where he now sits. © JOEL SAGET / AFP

In July 1994 in Rwanda, immediately after the fall of the murderous Hutu regime that had led the genocide of hundreds of thousands of the minority ethnic Tutsi population, a group of regime officials, including its president, had fled into a “safe zone” controlled by the French army. A document now discovered in official archives in Paris proves that the French government knew of the presence of the regime officials, but instead of detaining them it organised their escape out of Rwanda. The document, a cable sent from the office of then French foreign minister Alain Juppé, was signed by the current head of the French foreign intelligence agency, the DGSE. Fabrice Arfi reports.

Court rules France failed to respect its climate change goal

President Macron’s lobbying for global climate action is not backed up by sufficient domestic measures, say environmental groups.

The Algerian view of the report by historian Benjamin Stora on France's colonial past

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The skulls of Algerian resistance fighters decapitated during France's conquest in the 19th century have been returned to the country. © Sofiane Bakouri / Hans Lucas via AFP The skulls of Algerian resistance fighters decapitated during France's conquest in the 19th century have been returned to the country. © Sofiane Bakouri / Hans Lucas via AFP

In January 2021 the French historian Benjamin Stora delivered a report commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron that is aimed at “reconciling memories” between France and its former colony Algeria. The French head of state said he would follow a recommendation in the report and establish a “memories and truth” commission to address the history of France’s colonial past in Algeria, but he stopped short of issuing an official apology. The report itself has attracted criticism in both France and Algeria. Mediapart has asked two Algerian historians, Afaf Zekkour and Noureddine Amara, for their views of the document and of Franco-Algeiran relations in general. The pair criticise Stora for what they call “soft revisionism” and for prioritising France's needs for a united view over the recounting of history. Rachida El Azzouzi reports.

Covid boosts demand for dubbed content in France

French voiceover actors are hard at work providing dubbed shows for those stuck at home due to Covid lockdowns and curfews.

Man with 'hatred' for HR suspected in three murders in France

The 45-year-old suspect in the killings of the two women on Thursday in and around Valence is being linked to the murder of another HR manager who was shot dead more than 500km away.

France to close its borders to arrivals from outside EU

Prime minister Jean Castex also said France will close all large shopping centres, in bid to prevent need for a third lockdown.