France is returning to Algeria the remains of 24 combattants killed in the 19th century during the early French colonialisation of the North African country which finally won independence in 1962 after a bitter eight-year war.
Unbeknown to some locals and kite surfers who enjoy the warm Mediterranean waters above, part of the remains of ancient Olbia, a settlement first founded by the Greeks in the C4th BC and made into a port by the Romans in the C1st AD, lie just a few metres from the shore near Hyères in southern France, where it finally sank below rising sea levels 1,400 years ago.
A French prosecutor on Wednesday said former army dog-handler Nordahl Lelandais, the chief suspect in the disappearance of a nine-year-old girl from a wedding reception in the French Alps last August, has confessed to 'unintentionally' killing her and led police to a snow-covered ravine where her remains were found.
Human remains uncovered in woodland near Rouen in northern France at the weekend have been confirmed after DNA testing as those of Séamus Ruddy, a member of the Irish Republican Socialist Party who disappeared in 1985 when he was working as a school teacher in Paris.
Mutilated male skeletons and lopped-off arms found in an ancient underground silo in eastern France suggest a ritualistic killing of raiding warriors.
Algeria refused to send investigators in France crucial samples of the skulls of the seven monks murdered in mysterious circumstances in 1996.
The British soldiers, killed in action during WWI, have been buried with full military honours after their remains were found in a field in 2009.