Paris Match

Sarkozy-Libya funding probe: judges investigating witness tampering say case is 'of major gravity’

France — Investigation

Documents to which Mediapart has obtained access reveal evidence suggesting how a witness tampering plot was mounted to discredit the case against former French president Nicolas Sarkozy in a judicial investigation into the alleged funding of his 2007 election campaign by the regime of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. According to judges investigating the alleged plot, it was “aimed at influencing the statements of a witness and to mislead, even to publicly discredit, the examining magistrates in charge of a case of particular sensitivity”. Fabrice Arfi, Karl Laske and Antton Rouget report.

Sarkozy-Libya funding affair: paparazzi boss Michèle Marchand detained over alleged bail breach

France — Investigation

French paparazzi agency boss Michèle Marchand, an influential PR fixer for politicians and confidante of presidents, has been taken into custody for breaching bail conditions. Earlier in June Marchand, nicknamed 'Mimi', was placed under formal investigation for witness tampering and criminal conspiracy in relation to an aspect of the long-running investigation into suspected Libyan financing of Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential election campaign. But she was subsequently released on bail. However, Mediapart has learnt from several sources that she was taken into detention on Friday June 18th for apparently breaching a condition of that bail. Fabrice Arfi, Karl Laske, Yann Philippin and Antton Rouget report.

Sarkozy sparks ridicule after photo shows him towering over wife

France — Link

Paris Match cover shows ex-president head and shoulders above his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy despite fact she is almost 10cm taller than him.

Court orders magazine Paris Match not to further publish Nice photos

France — Link

A Paris court has refused a public prosecutor's demand that the latest issue of French weekly Paris Match be withdrawn from sale over its publication of gruesome CCTV images of the 2016 Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice when a truck ploughed into seafront crowds, killing 86 and injuring hundreds more, but has ordered the magazine not to republish the photos.

Move to pull Paris Match from newsstands over Nice attack photos

France — Link

The Paris public prosecutor's office has asked for a court order to remove the weekly magazine from sales points in France on Thursday over its publication of gruesome images from CCTV footage of the terrorist attack in the Rivierra city in July last year when a man acting in the name of Islamic State drove a truck into seafront crowds killing 86 people and injuring more than 450 others. 

The Penelope Fillon mystery

France — Analysis

The cover story of this week’s edition of Paris-Match is a portrait of Penelope Fillon, the British wife of the French conservative presidential candidate François Fillon. The article was clearly an attempt by François Fillon’s public relations team to dampen the scandal which has dented his campaign after it was revealed he paid his wife and two of his children out of parliamentary funds for work it is alleged was never carried out. But, writes Mediapart poltical analyst Hubert Huertas, the portrait of the central but mute character in the affair has in fact simply served to increase the mystery surrounding Penelope Fillon and the unease over her image as her husband’s “mute muse”.

'Germanwings passenger video' is authentic, says French magazine

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Paris Match describes ‘blurred and chaotic’ scenes in video said to show plane’s final moments but French police say story is false.

France`s scorned former first lady publishes secret memoirs

France — Link

Publication of Valérie Trierweiler's 'truthful' account of her break-up with François Hollande is unlikely to improve president's image.

Hollande's partner in cover photo row with her employer Paris Match

France — Link

François Hollande's partner Valérie Trierweiler has expressed fury at being splashed on the front page of Paris Match magazine, her employer.