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'Poison doctor' trial reopens France's euthanasia debate

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The trial of a doctor accused of fatally poisoning seven patients close to death will judge whether his actions were palliative care or homicide.

The extraordinary acquittal of he who murdered Jean Jaurès

France

Next month will mark the 100th anniversary of the assassination of France's revered socialist leader Jean Jaurès, an icon and figure of reference for the French Left. Among the various works published in tribute to Jaurès on the centenary of his death, a book published last month focuses upon the largely ignored and extraordinary outcome of the trial of his killer, acquitted by a jury despite assuming full responsibility for his act, which he carried out alone and in front of numerous witnesses. The story of the trial, held shortly after the end of World War One, is also that of the political and social atmosphere prevalent in France after the 1918 armistice, when Jaurès' pre-war, outspoken pacifist stand had become regarded by some with hateful contempt. Michel Deléan reports.

Riviera lawyer faces third trial over alleged murder of Casino heiress

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Maurice Agnelet was acquitted in 1985 of murdering Agnès Le Roux, then freed by European Court of Human Rights after 2007 conviction.

Former French spy chief on trial in phone-tapping scandal

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Bernard Squarcini says he was acting in national interest by tapping into the phone records of journalist Gérard Davet over Bettencourt story.

Rwandan army captain in landmark French genocide trial

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Pascal Simbikangwa is the first Rwandan to be tried in France in relation to the 1994 genocide that left up to 800,000 dead.

French footballers Ribéry and Benzema in underage prositute trial

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Franck Ribéry, 30, and Karim Benzema, 26, face three-year prison term if found guilty of knowingly paying for sex with a minor.

French mother stands trial over prison rape of 4 year-old son

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Sabrina Bonner, 25, allegedly helped her schizophrenic boyfriend rape her four-year-old son during a prison visit

Police officers to stand trial over deaths that led to French riots of 2005

France

On October 27th, 2005, two police officers chased three teenagers into an electricity sub-station in a Parisian suburb where two of them died after being electrocuted. Their deaths provoked major riots around Paris and across France. Nearly eight years later a French court has ruled that the two officers should stand trial, on charges of failing to provide assistance to persons in danger. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan reports on the complex background to this high-profile case.

Turkish publisher, translator to stand trial over erotic 1907 French novel

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Turkish court rules Guillaume Apollinaire's novel 'The Exploits of a Young Don Juan' reached levels of perversion unprotected by free speech.

French magistrates send Strauss-Kahn for trial for pimping in sex-ring 'Carlton affair'

France

Former International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn (pictured) has been sent for trial on charges of taking part in pimping activities at the end of a more than two-year investigation into a prostitution ring that staged orgies for his benefit in France, the US and Belgium. Michel Deléan reports on the background of the ‘Carlton affair' and details the case levelled against DSK.

Former French spy chief to stand trial for snooping on journalists

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Bernard Bernard Squarcini, ex-head of the DCRI, is to face trial for seizing phone records of a journalist investigating Bettencourt affair.

French footballers' underage sex charge trial postponed

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Paris court postpones trial of Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema for soliciting minor to consider whether the law was too vague to be applicable.

French 'killer drug' maker goes on trial

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The makers of a diabetes and weight-loss drug suspected in the deaths of hundreds of people are accused of misleading the public about its safety.

Huge child pickpocketing gang trial opens in Paris

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Trial begins of 22 gang leaders of a child pickpocketing ring said to have been behind 75 percent of the thefts on the Paris metro.

French breast implant scam trial opens

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The trial opens in Marseille of managers of breast implant company PIP, which used sub-standard silicone gel that led many to rupture.