French prosecutors reopen probe into minister's mysterious death in 1979

France — Link

The death of labour minister Robert Boulin was officially recorded as suicide, but strong evidence suggests an official cover-up of his murder.

How arms dealer who bought guns used in Paris terror attacks was never questioned

France — Investigation

During the Paris terrorist attacks in January, four customers taken hostage in a kosher supermarket were shot dead, and four others seriously wounded, by a man claiming to have targeted the Jewish store in the name of Islamic State. The gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, was subsequently killed by police when they stormed the store. Mediapart can reveal that the automatic weapons found by his body were identified by Slovak police as having been bought late last year by a Lille-based dealer in decommissioned military arms, but who has astonishingly never been questioned about his eventual contact with Coulibaly. Karl Laske reports.

France closes Yasser Arafat murder inquiry with no charges brought

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Palestinian leader's widow says his death in 2004 was from polonium poisoning but prosecutor says ‘sufficient evidence’ not found.

French prosecutor advises end of inconclusive Yasser Arafat murder probe

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The enquiry was opened in 2012 after the Palestinian leader's widow filed complaint he had been murdered by poisoning with polonium-210.

Evidence suggests Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke 'knew of $10m bribe'

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A letter from the South African Football Association shows the former French journalist and TV rights manager knew of bung payment.

Mystery continues as France ends investigations into suspicious trawler sinking

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The entire Bugaled Breizh's crew drowned when it capsized off Cornwall in 2004, which victims' families believe was caused by a UK submarine.

France launches criminal investigation into French troops CAR sex abuse claims

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The judicial probe is launched after France was criticised for slow action on claims its troops sexually abused boys in Central African Republic.

Germanwings crash co-pilot 'set fast descent on earlier flight'

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French crash report says Andreas Lubitz repeatedly set Spain-bound plane to drop to 100ft before slamming it into French Alps on return flight.

The disturbing secrets of the 'Dassault system'


French senator and billionaire industrialist Serge Dassault is at the centre of a judicial investigation into suspected electoral fraud in which cash payments were made to voters to buy his election as mayor of a suburban town south of Paris, and also that of his designated successor. In 2013, Mediapart published a secretly-taped video in which the conservative politician and businessman, owner of daily Le Figaro and who has been stripped of his parliamentary immunity, admitted to handing out cash to voters in Corbeil-Essonnes. Now a new book by two French journalists, entitled Dassault Système, details the history of the scandal, and in the extracts published here by Mediapart, reveals how police reports providing evidence of the scam were intriguingly shelved.

France widens HSBC tax evasion probe to include global holding company

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HSBC Holdings PLC is placed under formal investigation and set 1 billion-euro bail after a probe into alleged tax evasion by its Swiss arm.

French judges seek assistance of UBS American whistleblower

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Bradley Birkenfeld, an ex-UBS employee who helped US prosecution of the bank for aiding tax evasion is to help similar probe in France.

Knife attack on French police linked to 'Islamist motives'

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Investigators say evidence points to 'Islamist motives' for an attack on a police station that left three officers wounded and the assailant shot dead.

France's BNP bank humbled by takeover probe

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A French magistrate has launched a probe into suspected insider trading at BNP Paribas targeting current and former bosses.

Algeria refuses to give France samples of remains of beheaded Trappist monks

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Algeria refused to send investigators in France crucial samples of the skulls of the seven monks murdered in mysterious circumstances in 1996.

Court suspends investigation into Sarkozy corruption plot

France — Link

The probe into former president's alleged attempt to corrupt a judge is held up by his legal challenge that revealing phone taps were unlawful.