French rugby world cup boss removed over staff abuse claims

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Former rugbyman Claude Atcher has been suspended from his post as head of the 2023 Rugby World Cup organising committee following what sports minister Amélie Oudéa-Castera called 'alarming managerial practices' and 'infringements of financial probity'.

Putin says France must repay Russia's costs for undelivered helicopter carriers

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The Russian leader said he sought only to recover outlay on the French-built warships, a 1.2-billion-euro deal suspended over the Ukraine crisis.

Court suspends investigation into Sarkozy corruption plot

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The probe into former president's alleged attempt to corrupt a judge is held up by his legal challenge that revealing phone taps were unlawful.