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Trial opens of Riviera 'Black Widow' accused of killing wealthy men

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Divorcee and law graduate Patricia Dagorn, 57, is accused of murdering two elderly men and the poisoning of two others on the French Riviera in order to gain access to their wealth.

Belgium postpones trial of Paris attacks suspect to February

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Salah Abdeslam, detained in France for his suspected role in the November 13th 2015 Paris terrorist attacks which left 130 people dead and hundreds more wounded, was due to stand trial this week in Brussels in a separate case in whicjh he is charged with the attempted murder of Belgian police officers.

French teacher given suspended sentence for affair with girl of 14

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A 31-year-old maths teacher who had a sexual relationship with a pupil aged 14 has been handed a suspended jail sentence and ordered to undergo counselling, just days after President Emmanuel Macron declared he was in favour of classifying an adult's sexual intercourse with a minor below the age of 15 as rape.

Belgium asks France to transfer Paris attacks suspect for trial

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Belgian prosecutors said Friday they have asked France to hand over Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the November 2015 terrorist attacks in and around Paris, so that he can stand trial in Brussels in December over his alleged involvement in a March 2016 shooting attack on police in the Belgian capital. 

Paris court finds Equatorial Guinea vice-president guilty of money laundering

International

A French court on Friday handed Teodorin Obiang, vice-president of Equatorial Guinea and son of the country’s president, a three-year suspended prison sentence and a suspended fine of 30 million euros after he was found guilty in absentia of money laundering wealth embezzled from the African state’s public funds. The presiding magistrates, who in their ruling underlined the initial reticence of French prosecutors to bring Obiang to trial,  also ordered the confiscation of his assets in France, estimated to be worth 150 million euros, including a vast Paris townhouse and a fleet of luxurious cars. Michel Deléan reports.

Merah brother, accused of complicity in Toulouse killings, testifies

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Abdelkader Merah, accused of helping his jihadi brother Mohamed Merah in his March 2012 shooting murders of seven people in and around the southern French city of Toulouse has begun giving his testimony to a Paris court, telling magistrates 'there is a big difference' between him and his late brother.

'He finished them off like dogs': Paris Merah trial hears survivors of Jewish school massacre

France

The trial continued this week of Abdelkader Merah and Fettah Malki, both accused of complicity in the crimes of Mohamed Merah, the Islamist terrorist brother of Abdelkader Merah who murdered seven people in and around the city of Toulouse, southern France, in March 2012. Both men have denied the charges. The court hearings, which opened on October 2nd, have been marked by ill-tempered verbal exchanges, while a lawyer for Abdelkader Merah has claimed to have received death threats. But the rowdy debates suddenly fell silent this week when witnesses took to the stand to recount Merah’s massacre of a rabbi and three children, aged 3, 5 and 8, at a Jewish school in Toulouse. Matthieu Suc was in court to hear their harrowing testimony.

Seven people sentenced over mob attack on Paris police car

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A Paris court handed down sentences of up to seven years in jail, including part-suspended terms, to seven defendants accused of attacking a police patrol car stuck in traffic in May 2016, when two officers were punched and beaten with metal bars before their vehicle was set on fire on the sidelines of a demonstration by police against violence directed at them during street protests.

The devious manoeuvres behind ex-Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo's trial at ICC

International — Investigation

In April 2011, former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, at the centre of a political crisis that followed disputed elections in the country five months earlier, was captured with French help by militiamen acting for his rival, Alassane Ouattara, the country’s current leader. A confidential French foreign ministry document obtained by Mediapart reveals how International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo, without any legal basis, was involved in an operation to keep Gbagbo prisoner – five months before the ICC had even opened an investigation into his alleged crimes against humanity, for which he is now on trial in The Hague. Fanny Pigeaud reports on a covert operation in which the ICC appears to have played a key role France’s political manoeuvring in its former West African colony.

Radicalised French mother who followed son to Syria jailed ten years

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A Paris court on Friday sentenced Christine Rivière, 51, nicknamed 'Jihadi Granny', to a maximum ten years in jail for 'association with criminals preparing a terrorist attack' after she encouraged her son's activities within the ranks of the Islamic State group in Syria, where she later joined him on several occasions.

Brother of Toulouse terrorist Merah stands trial for 'complicity'

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The trial of Abdelkader Merah, 35, accused of aiding his younger brother Mohamed Merah during the latter's nine-day spree of killings of seven people, including soldiers and Jewish children, in and around the southern French city of Toulouse in March 2012, opened in Paris on Monday.

Ex-French envoy and Sarkozy aide on trial over mystery bags of cash

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Boris Boillon, 47, who served under president Nicolas Sarkozy as French ambassador to Iraq and Tunisia in a career steeped in controversy, has gone on trial for tax fraud and forgery after he was arrested in Paris trying to board a Belgium-bound train with bags containing 350,000 euros and 40,000 dollars in cash.

French Neo-Nazi group goes on trial in Amiens

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Eighteen members of the White Wolves Klan face 35 charges including armed violence, theft and attempted murder.

UBS says huge French tax fraud case settlement 'unthinkable'

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The Swiss banking group could avoid trial over the alleged massive tax evasion it is accused of having helped among its French customers if it agrees to a settlement, but said it could never agree to a write-off of the 1.1 billion-euros it handed over three years ago as a bail bond, which its legal counsel claimed was "not at all the market price".

'Carlos the Jackal' stands trial over 1974 Paris store attack

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Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, 67, dubbed Carlos the Jackal, already serving a life sentence for murdering two French intelligence officers, appeared in court in Paris on Monday accused of lobbing a hand grenade into a crowded Left Bank shopping centre in September 1974, killing two people and wounding 34 others.