Bettencourt investigation finally winds up amid insults and death threats


The long-running judicial investigations into suspected criminal activity surrounding the affairs of L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, centred on money-laundering, illegal political funding, fraud, tax evasion, influence peddling and profiteering from the billionaire’s frail mental condition, finally came to a close on March 28th, exactly one week after former president Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under investigation in the case on the basis of “serious or concordant” evidence that he “abused” Bettencourt’s diminished mental faculties. Michel Deléan reports on the winding up of an investigation that will in all probability lead to one of the most spectacular corruption trials in recent French history, set against a backdrop of high-society drama and deep political intrigue.

Briton on Paris murder charge released on bail

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Businessman Ian Griffin, to stand trial for the murder of his girlfriend in a luxury Paris hotel, is bailed from jail amid outcry from victim's family.

Former French peacekeepers convicted of Ivorian man's murder

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Three former French soldiers given suspended sentences for their roles in murder of Ivorian man during peacekeeping operations in the African state.

French sink estate gang-rape horror trial ends in fiasco

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Ten men were acquitted and four received short sentences over gang-rape of teenage girls in a trial described by one lawyer as a "judicial shipwreck".

French footballers to stand trial for soliciting 16-year old prostitute

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French football stars, Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema, are to stand trial over allegations that they solicited an under-age prostitute.

Pharmaceutical firm Servier stands trial over killer diabetes-weight loss drug

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Trial opens of French pharmaceutical firm Servier for hiding dangers of diabetes drug used to lose weight and blamed for causing at least 500 deaths.

CERN scientist jailed for terror attacks plot

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A Franco-Algerian nuclear physicist who worked at CERN has been sentenced to five years in jail, for plotting terror attacks in France.

French prosecutor demands six-year jail sentence for ex-CERN physicist

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A French public prosecutor has asked a Paris court to sentence an Algerian-born nuclear physicist to six years in prison for terrorist activities.

Paris trial opens into 1988 Greek cruise liner attack

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A trial in absentia opens in Paris of three members of Palestinian group Abu Nidal over a July 1988 attack on a Greek cruise liner which left 11 dead.

French parfumier Jean-Paul 'the nose' Guerlain in racism trial

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French parfumier Jean-Paul Guerlain goes on trial on racism charges after describing black people as "lazy" and "nègres" in a TV interview.

Carlos the Jackal, on trial in France, calls himself ‘professional revolutionary’

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Feared terror mastermind Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka 'Carlos the Jackal', is on trial in Paris for four deadly 1980s bomb attacks in France.

Carlos the Jackal back in court over 1980s bombings in France

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Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Carlos the Jackal, stands trial in France on Monday for 1980s bombings that killed 11 people and wounded nearly 200.

What the Khodorkovsky trial says about Russia today


He has already served seven years behind bars, mostly in Siberia, now he's been given another six. An opponent of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, former oil industry oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky (pictured) was found guilty December 27th of theft and money laundering at the end of a second trial. Mediapart editor François Bonnet, a former Moscow correspondent, analyses this defining moment for the future of democratic change in Russia amid a power battle between hardline Putin and reformist President Dmitry Medvedev.