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.
A bill of law proposing a punitive 300-euro-per tonne tax on palm oil has been amended to 90 euros per tonne after protests from producer countries.
Clemency bid was final legal recourse for Serge Atlaoui, granted a last-minute stay of action in April over death penalty for drug-related offence.
François Hollande spoke of diplomatic consequences if planned execution of Serge Atlaoui over drug trafficking offences goes ahead.
French foreign minister Laurent Fabius says if death sentence is carried out on Serge Atlaoui it will have 'consequences' for bilateral relations.
Serge Atlaoui, who was arrested at an ecstasy laboratory in 2005, now faces firing squad after supreme court bid fails.
Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat, held since August, were given two-and-a-half month jail terms for entering West Papua on tourist visas.
Officers arrested 17 local supporters of France's football team after mistaking their hoisted French flag for a bold separatist statement.