French police identity checks on five non-white people ruled illegal

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Appeal court orders government to pay damages in landmark ruling that activists hope will help reduce widespread discrimination.

Why nothing has improved in France since 2005 riots

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Last month two police officers who stood trial for failing to prevent the deaths by electrocution of two teenagers in a Paris suburb in 2005 were acquitted. The court case, which took place nearly ten years after the events that sparked widespread rioting across France, highlighted how little has changed in that time to improve the often tense relations between the police and the populations in deprived urban areas, and notably youths from racial minorities. There have been no wide-ranging inquiries in France to identify the root causes of the tensions, while  a report on the issue, which offers some practical if modest solutions, has been languishing on the current interior minister's desk for nearly a year. Louise Fessard considers why there has been so startlingly little progress in improving police-community relations over the last, lost decade.

France's forgotten army of Muslim workers

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Death of delivery man after 'drunk' police officers drove car into his van throws focus on workers who make everyday life possible in Paris.

Probe launched into video of French police beating migrants in Calais

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The two-minute, edited film shot at long range shows French anti-riot police hitting and kicking migrants at the Channel port.

Police raid Uber offices in Paris over car-pooling app

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The raid is part of an investigation into legality of Uber's 'POP' service connecting non-professional drivers with users for a base price of 1 euro.

Marseille police sieze seven Kalashnikovs in hunt for gunmen - UPDATE

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The Mediterranean port's rundown neighbourhood of Castellane was under siege after police cars came under fire on Monday morning.

Head of Paris police detained as prosecutors carry out leak inquiry

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Bernard Petit was among several current and former officers questioned over probe into leaks over criminal investigation of notorious conman.

Charlie Hebdo attack: France police hunt accomplices

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Key figure being sought is Hayat Boumeddiene, partner of supermarket gunman Amedy Coulibaly, and who is described as 'armed and dangerous'.

French police clash with demonstrators over protester death

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Running battles took place between youths and police in Nantes and Toulouse after protests over death last week of botany student Rémi Fraisse.

French interior minister refuses to resign over dam protestor's death

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A police grenade is suspected of killing Remi Fraisse, 21, during clashes between police and opponents of a dam project in SW France.

French police join protests near Calais - demanding more police for migrants

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Officers say there are not enough of them to cope with the large number of migrants crossing the area in the hope of reaching Britain.

Drunk French magistrate arrested for attacking police

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The 48 year-old allegedly flew into a rage after a patrol car refused his order to drive him home, then attacked officers at a police station.

'I'm only in the dock because I'm a Muslim'


The arrest and conviction of protesters following pro-Palestinian and pro-Gaza demonstrations in Paris have led to accusations of judicial double standards. Critics claim that young non-white Muslims have been singled out for punishment by the police and courts. Here Mediapart highlights the case of a young man called Mohamed who was convicted after intervening when his younger brother was stopped by police officers following a pro-Gaza protest on July 13th. Though his sentence was reduced on appeal, Mohamed still insists he did nothing wrong and says he was only arrested because he is a Muslim who supports the Palestinian cause. Thomas Saint-Cricq reports.

Paris policeman jailed over cocaine theft

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The drugs squad officer has been formerly placed under investigation on suspicion of stealing more than 50 kgs of seized drug stash.

French policeman seized in massive cocaine hunt

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The unnamed officer, 34, was picked up while on holiday in the southern city of Perpignan by officers probing theft of €3m drugs haul.