Why Sarkozy’s jail term for corruption was upheld on appeal

France — Document

A Paris appeals court last week upheld former French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s conviction and jail sentence in 2021 for corruption and influence peddling. He is accused of offering to help a senior magistrate secure a comfortable post with Monaco’s Council of State in exchange for influence and information on legal procedures concerning him. Sarkozy and two co-accused, his lawyer Thierry Herzog and magistrate Gilbert Azibert, have now launched an ultimate appeal against their convictions. Mediapart has studied the detailed judgment of the appeals court, and publishes here extracts of the damning evidence it contains, and the story behind the case.

Locked in French rape probe, Islamic scholar Ramadan tried in Geneva

International — Link

Leading Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, 60, who left his post as a professor at Oxford University after a number of women accused him of assault, has appeared in court in Switzerland accused of subjecting a woman to sexual acts, beatings and insults, while French judges have yet to rule on whether to send Ramadan for trial on charges of raping four women.

Airbus and Air France cleared of manslaughter in Rio-Paris crash

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The aircraft manufacturer and France's national carrier were on Monday cleared of manslaughter charges brought against them for the crash of an Air France overnight flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in May 2009, when the Airbus fell into the sea off Brazil killing all 228 people on board. 

World Rugby vice-chairman Bernard Laporte found guilty of corruption

France — Link

Bernard Laporte, World Rugby vice-chairman and president of the French rugby federation, has been found guilty on corruption charges by a French court, including of influence peddling and illegally acquiring assets, and was on Tuesday handed a two-year suspended prison sentence and fined 75,000 euros.

Hunters on trial in SW France over killing of man 'mistaken' for boar

France — Link

Two men have stood trial in south-west France on manslaughter charges for the killing of 25-year-old Morgan Keane, who was shot on his property during a boar hunt.

Ex-Sarkozy justice minister stands trial for embezzling public funds

France — Link

Michel Mercier, 75, who served as minister for rural affairs and regional planning from 2009 to 2010 and as justice minister from 2010 to 2012, is accused of employing his wife and daughter and a phantom part-time parliamentary assistant for fake jobs paid out of parliamentary funds.

French justice minister faces trial in conflict-of-interest case

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French justice minister Éric Dupond-Moretti, 61, has been sent for trial by a special court dedicated to cases of wrongdoing by serving members of government over his opening of investigations into several anti-corruption magistrates with whom he had clashed as a lawyer.

2016 terror attack in Nice: survivors tell court of ‘war’ scenes

France — Link

At the trial in Paris of eight people accused of helping Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel prepare his terrorist attack in the Riviera city of Nice on July 14th 2016, when he killed 86 people and injured hundreds of others by driving a truck into crowds along the seafront Promenade des Anglais, survivors have begun telling the court of the horrific scenes they witnessed.

Eight stand trial over 2016 Bastille Day attack in Nice


The trial opened in Paris on Monday of eight people accused of involvement in a terrorist attack in the Riviera city of Nice in July 2016, when Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a heavy truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day, causing the deaths of 86 people and injuring hundreds of others. But, as Matthieu Suc reports, the more than 850 civil parties – including direct and indirect victims – are likely to be left frustrated by the hearings, not only because of the absence of Bouhlel who died in a firefight with police, but also because of the weakness of the cases against the accused.

Migrant trafficking: the trial of ‘Mr Average’ caught smuggling dinghy and life jackets to the French coast

Justice — Report

On August 22nd, a total of 1,295 migrants landed on the shores of southern England from France, a record daily figure, bringing the number of people who have made the same perilous crossing of the Channel so far this year to more than 22,500. Migrant smuggling gangs typically demand 3,000 euros per person for a place on the flimsy dinghies and key to the logistics of these networks are ‘mules’ who transport the boats and equipment, often from Germany, to the French coast. Camille Polloni travelled to the northern French city of Lille to follow the trial last week of one of them, whose lawyer said he was a “Mister average who works every day”.

Father of Paris attacks victim questions sense of a full life sentence

France — Chronicle

At the end of an almost ten-month trial, the sentencing of 20 individuals accused of perpetrating or helping to perpetrate the November 13th 2015 terrorist attacks in and around Paris was pronounced on Wednesday, including a 30-year jail term without possibility of parole for one of the terrorists, Salah Abdeslam. Throughout the trial, Mediapart has been publishing the reactions to the proceedings from seven direct and indirect victims of the attacks. One of them is Georges Salines, whose daughter Lola, 28, was among the 90 people murdered at the Bataclan concert hall. In his latest contribution, written shortly before the verdicts were announced, he questions the sense behind severe jail sentences, and notably that, widely expected, handed to Abdeslam, which he says “abandons the idea of any possibility of remorse, of making amends, of redemption”.

Paris attacks trial sentencing: full life jail term for Salah Abdeslam

France — Link

At the end of an almost ten-month trial in Paris of 20 men charged with taking part or helping in the November 13th 2015 terrorist attacks in the French capital, in which 130 people were murdered, a panel of judges on Wednesday found 19 of them guilty as charged, handing down sentences ranging from two years to life in prison, including a minimum jail term of 30 years for Salah Abdeslam, 32, the only surviving member of the Islamic State group cell that carried out the killings. 

As Paris attacks trial ends, Bataclan survivor tells of ‘tonnes of weight lifted from my shoulders’

France — Chronicle

The verdicts and sentencing at the end of a nine-month trial in Paris of 20 individuals accused of taking part in the November 13th 2015 terrorist attacks in the French capital, which claimed the lives of 130 people, are due to be announced late on Wednesday. Mediapart has been publishing first-hand reactions from seven victims of the massacres as they took part in the court proceedings. Aurélia Gilbert, 48, emerged physically unscathed from the shooting massacre that night at the Bataclan music hall, but has suffered significant psychological effects since. Here, at the close of the trial, she gives her account of how she has finally been relieved of “this burden that had lasted almost seven years”.

Paris attacks trial accused give final statements before sentencing

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At the close of the nine-month trial in Paris of 20 people accused, variously, of perpetrating or helping to commit the November 13th 2015 terrorist attacks in the French capital, the 14 defendants present – six are being tried in absetia – were on Monday given their last opportunity to speak before the court retired to decide its verdicts, which will be delivered on Wednesday.

Prosecutors call for 12 life sentences at closing Paris attacks trial

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In the closing days of the nine-month trial of 20 defendants accused of variously perpetrating and helping to commit the November 13th 2015 attacks in Paris which claimed the lives of 130 victims, prosecutors on Friday called for 12 to be sentenced to life imprisonment and that among them, Salah Abdeslam, the only known survivor of the Islamic State  cell, be allowed no possibility of parole.