Phones of five French ministers found to be infected by Pegasus spyware

France — Investigation

The mobile phones of five French government ministers were targeted by the Pegasus spyware sold to states worldwide by Israeli surveillance technology firm NSO Group, Mediapart can reveal. The presence of “markers” left by the spyware were discovered by an official French probe involving technical analyses of the devices. The development follows on revelations, first published in July, which found evidence that the surveillance tool was notably employed by NSO clients around the globe to target journalists, including two from Mediapart, politicians and regime opponents. Fabrice Arfi and Ellen Salvi report.

French ministers call for probe into Epstein's activities in France

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France's junior ministers for gender equality and child welfare have jointly called for a judicial investigation to be opened into accusations that convicted paedophile and multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell at the weekend, engaged in criminal sexual activity in France where he owned a property and frequently sojourned. 

French environment minister reveals he owns six cars

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The official declarations by French government ministers of their personal wealth, which can be consulted online, show that French labour minister Muriel Pénicaud is the richest, with assets worth 7.5 million euros, and that environment minister Nicolas Hulot, a figurehead of the Green movement in the country, owns six cars, a motorboat and a motorbike.

Macron's dog takes a pee in fireplace during meeting with ministers

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Emmanuel Macron's Labrador-Griffon relieved himself in an ornamental fireplace during a filmed meeting between the French president and ministers at the Elysée Palace.

Socialists attack Sarkozy for racially-charged rhetoric against ministers

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Former French president Sarkozy came under fire for singling out two non-white female ministers in a largely white government as incompetent.

Paris attacks: President Hollande to hold security meeting

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Meeting follows Sunday's massive marches but also comes amid questions over how militants known to authorities were able to launch deadly raids.

New French government sees return of Ségolène Royal, the exit of Moscovici, and an olive branch for the Left


Manuel Valls, appointed as French prime minister on Monday after the ruling Socialist Party suffered major losses in local elections last weekend, has revealed his new cabinet of 16 ministers, composed of an equal number of men and women. Beyond what is largely a reshuffle, there are two new faces: that of Ségolène Royal, the Socialist Party’s unsuccessful candidate in the 2007 presidential elections and who is also President François Hollande’s former partner, and François Rebsamen, a Senator and Mayor of Dijon and close friend of the president. Former finance minister Pierre Moscovici and education minister Vincent Peillon have not been included in the new government. After days of speculation, former justice minister Christiane Taubira was reappointed to the post despite past differences with Valls when he served as interior minister under the previous government of Jean-Marc Ayrault. Here, Mediapart reports on the winners and losers of the cabinet change and the power games and negotiations that preceded it.

Ministers predict a rosy time for France in...2025

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Replying to a holiday homework request from President Hollande, his ministers have written gushing essays predicting France's position in 2025.

France's Hollande said to back away from reshuffle

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The president, who hinted in May that changes to his ministerial team were likely, will instead urge ministers to focus even more on key issue of jobs.

Surprise revelations as French ministers publish personal wealth online

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In the wake of Cahuzac tax fraud scandal, details of ministers' personal assets go online on Monday, decried by the opposition as a populist move.

Ministers' wealth list to expose France's 'caviar left'

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List of ministers' assets could set off a storm on Monday, revealing handful of millionaires in Socialist government as nation endures spending cuts.

France to publish ministers' assets as scandal deepens

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The prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says wealth declarations of all the members of government will be made public by April 15.

French ministers defy Francois Hollande and holiday abroad

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President faces embarrassment after two ministers defied advice to take austerity-driven "staycations" and enjoyed luxury New Year's breaks abroad.