Keyword: lawsuit

French parents of malformed child take on Monsanto

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Glyphosate, the compound used in the herbicide Roundup manufactured by US agrochemical corporation Monsanto, which earlier this month was acquired by German pharmaceuticals and chemicals giant Bayer, is suspected by several scientific studies of being carcinogenic, and notably of causing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. But now a French couple have launched a lawsuit against the firm over serious malformations of their son’s digestive and respiratory systems which they argue was caused by his mother’s exposure to glyphosate in the early weeks of pregnancy. Crucially, they say that Monsanto knew of the compound’s potential dangers, but failed to warn of them in product labelling. Dorothée Moisan reports.

Pitt and Jolie ordered to pay 565,000 euros to French interior designer

A Paris appeal court has ordered estranged US cinema actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to pay French interior designer Odile Soudant a total of 565,000 euros for unpaid work on a project of a lighting design for their 40-room, 17th-century French chateau in Provence.

Paris woman sues French state over pollution health hazard

Clotilde Nonnez, a 56-year-old yoga teacher who has lived in Paris  for 30 years, claims that she suffers numerous health problems, ranging from chronic asthma to pneumonia, because of the French state's failure to contain pollution in the capital.

Arrested Paris attacks fugitive 'to sue French prosecutor'

Lawyer for Salah Abdeslam, held in Belgium and fighting extradition to France, said weekend comments by French official violated probe's confidentiality.

Geneva launches legal battle to shut French nuclear plant

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The Swiss canton, or state, of Geneva has launched legal action aimed at forcing the closure of the ageing, accident-prone French nuclear plant at Bugey, which lies just 70 kilometres from the border with Switzerland. The lawsuit is for “the deliberate endangering of lives” and “water pollution”. If successful, this extraordinary move could encourage other countries bordering France and its network of 58 nuclear reactors to take similar action. Agathe Duparc reports from Geneva where the local authorities presented their case at a press conference on Monday.

Mother of November Paris attacks victim vows to sue Belgium for negligence

Mother of 26-year-old murdered at the Bataclan theatre in attack by a group of mostly Belgian gunmen said Belgium could have arrested them earlier.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn to sue for 'calumny' over fund 'fraud' allegations

Former IMF chief presided bankrupt Leyne-Strauss-Kahn Partners investment firm against which clients have lodged legal action in France.

Survivor of Charlie Hebdo killers sues French TV and radio stations

TV and radio stations revealed the presence of Lilian Lepère hiding in a cupboard at a printing plant where the two gunman were under seige.

Paris mayor to sue Fox News over 'Muslim no-go zones' claim

Anne Hidalgo said an interview with a so-called security expert who claimed parts of Paris were like Baghdad had "prejudiced" the city's image.

French right-wing media pundit and polemicist in ‘Muslim deportation’ row

Eric Zemmour, a controversial political commentator, is being sued for incitement of racial hatred over comments published in the Italian press.

French consumers' association sues Facebook, Twitter and Google

Watchdog UFC-Que Choisir is suing the social media giants for using 'illegible' user terms of conditions that breach internet users' privacy.

French police face racial profiling lawsuit

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In what could become a judicial landmark in France, a group of 15 Black French citizens and others of Arab-origin, aged between 16 and 47, filed a lawsuit this week against the French State for having been subjected to racial profiling by police. They are demanding that the French Ministry of the Interior prove that the identity checks to which they were subjected by police have a legal basis and are not founded on the colour of their skin nor their ethnic background. Louise Fessard reports.