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How French defence firm Thales placed a mole inside the UN

International — Investigation

From 2016 to 2019 an officer in the French air force reserve worked for the United Nations in New York in a technology and communications department that helped support peacekeeping missions. Officially the French military had seconded his services free of charge to the UN. But in reality the experienced officer was working for and being paid by France's major defence and electronics firm Thales, according to documents seen by Mediapart. As Yann Philippin and Antton Rouget report, senior figures in the French state were aware of what was going on.

Discord within network promoting French culture around the world


The Alliance Française was set up more than 130 years ago to promote French language and culture and is one of France's flagship ambassadors overseas. But today this lofty cultural organisation is embroiled in conflict with a number of senior executives around the world rising up against their boss in Paris, Jérôme Clément. They say he is authoritarian, lacks vision and that under him management is “amateurish”. He says parts of the network are still stuck in the 19th century and insists he has the government's full backing for his planned changes. Fabien Cazeaux reports.

Guy Wildenstein fraud trial: an inside glimpse of 'tax evasion' on a global scale


The delayed trial of the renowned art dealer Guy Wildenstein on tax fraud and money laundering charges has finally begun in Paris. Wildenstein and two other members of the Franco-American dynasty are accused of hiding from the tax authorities vast assets they inherited from the estate of Daniel Wildenstein senior, who died in 2001. The French authorities are claiming a total of 566 million euros in back taxes. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan has been in court to hear some of the extraordinary details in a trial that is expected to last for a month.

France's Hollande signs Paris climate agreement

France — Link

French president, the first to sign, said the 28-nation EU should now 'lead by example' and ratify the Paris deal before the end of the year.

Former French minister Taubira delights New York fans

International — Link

Taubira, who pledged loyalty to President Hollande despite quitting his government, was treated to standing ovation at New York University.

Young Frenchman lost on New York subway found after four days

International — Link

Arthur Astie, 22, was found in a hospital in the Bronx, four days after he took wrong subway train while on phone to his father and vanished.

France wants $48 million for Park Avenue apartment

International — Link

Indebted government in Paris is selling residence of its U.N. ambassador, located in one of New York’s most prestigious apartment buildings.

Strauss-Kahn reaches legal settlement with hotel maid

International — Link

New York judge says former International Monetary Fund chief has signed a settlement with the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault.

Strauss-Kahn lawyers deny $6m deal with hotel maid

France — Link

Former IMF boss's lawyers say a resolution with his accuser Nafissatou Diallo has been discussed but no settlement has been agreed.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, hotel maid settle assault case for '$6 million'

International — Link

Lawyers for former IMF boss and Nafissitou Diallo, who accused him of sexually assaulting her, are said to have reached agreement in civil case.

France's Strauss-Kahn and wife 'have separated'

France — Link

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair now live separate lives, reports a French magazine.

Top French academic found dead in NY hotel

International — Link

New York police are investigating the death of prominent French academic Richard Descoings who was found naked in a Manhattan hotel room.

Hotel video of DSK and maid broadcast on French TV

International — Link

News channel BFM TV airs New York hotel CCTV footage of DSK and room maid Nafissatou Diallo shortly after his alleged sexual assault upon her.

New York DA set to drop DSK charges

International — Link

New York Post exclusive quotes 'top investigator' saying dismissal of charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn within two weeks "a certainty".

Hitler's Unfulfilled Dream of a New York in Flames (Der Spiegel)

Culture-Idées — Link