Keyword: police judiciaire

France's equivalent of Scotland Yard in crisis

A string of sex, fraud and drug scandals has recently engulfed Paris's criminal investigation force, which is based at 36 Quai des Orfèvres.

Paris police HQ drugs theft case mystery deepens

A week after a drugs squad officer was accused of stealing 52 kilos of cocaine, the facts are proving stranger than fiction.

Investigating sex assault crimes in France


The case against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, charged in May with the assault and attempted rape of a New York hotel chambermaid, appears close to collapse after the alleged victim's credibility was all but destroyed by a prosecutors' investigation. The handling of the case, by the New York Special Victims Unit and District Attorney's office, has come in for sharp criticism from some in France, where Strauss-Kahn's perp walk, initial imprisonment and subsequent house arrest were seen to be humiliating, harsh and ultimately unjust. So just how do the French handle such cases? Carine Fouteau reports.