How judicial probe dodged real truth behind murder of Kurdish activists in Paris


In January 2013 three female Kurdish activists were gunned down in cold blood at their offices in Paris. The chief – and only - official suspect will stand trial in France early this year for their murder. However, despite an investigation by three examining magistrates the people who ordered the killings have never officially been identified. Instead, political, diplomatic and security concerns appear to have blunted the French judiciary's probe. Nonetheless, writes Jacques Massey, it is clear that the confrontational approach adopted by Turkish president president Recep Tayyip Erdogan towards the Kurds lies behind the shootings.

Why we don’t hear about the 10,000 French deaths at Gallipoli

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Historian John Horne says that not only was this World War I offensive a failure, the French also saw it at the time as a 'colonial' campaign.

French president says Turkey should recognise Armenian genocide

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François Hollande was speaking at ceremony in Armenia's capital Yerevan to mark 100 years since mass killings of roughly 1.5 million people.

Fourth Paris terror suspect 'on the run' in Syria

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France blames Turkey for 'jihadist' bungle

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Three French alleged jihadists expelled by Turkey arrived unchecked in France after they were sent on a flight to Marseille instead of Paris.

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Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said suspect had 'key role' in recruiting French youths in Strasbourg and Toulouse and sending them to Syria.

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Official visit by president aimed to promote trade ties and also heal rifts with Turkey over issue of EU membership and Armenian genocide.

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President Sarkozy orders his government to draft a new law punishing denial of the Armenian genocide after a top court struck down a previous bill.

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French Senate's approval of a law criminalizing denial of genocide, notably that of Armenians by the Ottomans, prompts furious reaction in Turkey.