Gardener's conviction for French heiress murder to be reviewed

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Omar Raddad, a Moroccan national who was found guilty in 1994 of the murder of wealthy heiress Ghislaine Marchal, for whom he worked as a gardener, who received a presidential pardon and who has continued to protest his innocence for more than 25 years, has finally won a lengthy judicial battle to have the case reviewed. 

Summer reads: a graphic account of the adventures of Anaïs Nin


Léonie Bischoff is a Swiss artist and creator of graphic novels, the latest of which is a highly original account of the key episodes in the turbulent life of French-Cuban-American writer Anaïs Nin, based on the contents of her most intimate, unexpurgated diaries. As part of a summer series in which Mediapart journalists highlight those books published over the last 12 months which have particularly caught their eye, Dan Israel reviews Bischoff’s Anaïs Nin, Sur la mer des mensonges (Anaïs Nin, on the sea of lies), a seven-years-in-the-making, no-holds-barred story of Nin’s adventures and quest for personal freedom.

French press not lost for words to describe far-right landslide EU election win

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Monday's French press banner headlines describe the Front National party's victory in European elections as a 'big bang' and an 'earthquake'.

Bungled 2004 criminal law decree could see hundreds of French prisoners released

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Thousands of cases to be reviewed after a French appeals court annulls a 2004 government decree that should have been voted by parliament.

Germany and France shun UK survey

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Blow for UK premier David Cameron as Paris and Berlin refuse to take part in review of power balance between EU and national parliaments.