Keyword: Vendée

French cathedral arson suspect held over priest's murder

A 40-year-old Rwandan national, who admitted starting a fire in Nantes cathedral in July 2020 and who was given accomodation with a Catholic mission in SW France while on bail, gave himself up to police on Monday over the murder of one of the mission's priests.

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Environmentalists battle against new yachting marina on France's Atlantic coast

By PIERRE-YVES BULTEAU
The protest on October 19th 2019 at La Roche-sur-Yon against the nearby marina on the French Atlantic coast. © P.-Y. B The protest on October 19th 2019 at La Roche-sur-Yon against the nearby marina on the French Atlantic coast. © P.-Y. B

After sixteen years and much deliberation and delay, the French state has finally given the green light for a marina to be built at Brétignolles-sur-Mer on the west coast of France. The surprise decision has re-ignited long-standing opposition to the scheme amid fears it will harm biodiversity on that section of coastline. Now protestors have set up a camp near the site and staged a peaceful demonstration. Pierre-Yves Bulteau reports.

French court bans Christmas nativity scene on council premises

Judge ruled that it was a 'religious emblem' and therefore incompatible with the French principle of 'religious neutrality in public spaces'.

French politician and Russian oligarch team up for Crimean theme park

Right-wing Philippe de Villiers agrees deal which legal experts say is in open defiance of EU sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis.