The businessman had negotiated a deal with the French financial prosecution unit, the Parquet National Financier, under the terms of which he would have only received a fine of 375,000 euros over a corruption case in West Africa. But on Friday February 26th a court in Paris rejected the plea bargain agreement, ruling that it was too favourable to Vincent Bolloré, whose group has a string of economic interests in African countries. Fabrice Arfi and Yann Philippin report
Authorities in the French city of Bayonne are struggling to cope with the number of migrants coming from across the nearby Spanish border. Mediapart met Joseph and Moriba, 'blood brothers' who are seeking France's protection after nearly dying at sea crossing to Europe from Morocco. After a legal battle, Joseph has now been recognised as a minor by the French courts while Moriba's request will be heard on appeal shortly. Mathilde Mathieu reports.
The French businessman Vincent Bolloré has been placed under formal investigation over the alleged corruption of foreign public officials and complicity in corruption. The probe into the well-connected businessman, who has amassed much of his fortune through his dealings in Africa, relates to how one of its companies won the concessions to run the ports at Lomé in Togo and Conakry in Guinea, and the use of his communications firm in the electoral campaigns of African leaders. Martine Orange gives the background to the allegations.
The dead fish, an endangered species, were seized near Paris in parcels sent from Guinea and bound for Hanoi probably for sale as so-called aphrodisiacs.
The French President is the first Western leader to visit Guinea, where more than 1,200 have died from the disease since the March outbreak.
Development secretary Annick Girardin is in Guinean capital Conakry to visit Ebola units and discuss France's role in halting epidemic.
Unions say management has promised no action will be taken against pilots or cabin crew not wishing to fly to affected regions.
Foreign ministry says trips to four countries hit by Ebola fever outbreak - Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria - should be put on hold.