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The Lycée Fénélon Notre-Dame in La Rochelle where the rape took place
14/04/2014 - France

Mass DNA test begins in hunt for rapist in French Catholic school

French police took DNA samples from 527 schoolboys and male staff at a Catholic school in the west-coast city of La Rochelle on Monday in the search for a rapist who assaulted a female student ...


French press review 9 April 2014

PSG gets a bad write-up. Manuel Valls gets a mainly good one. And the Catholic church debates how to handle its far-right fringe.

Cardinal Peter Turkson gestures during a news conference at the Vatican, March 17, 2014.
23/03/2014 - South Sudan - Central African Republic - Nigeria - Ghana

Have hope in nation building, cardinal tells South Sudan

In an exclusive interview with RFI, an influential African cardinal has urged South Sudan to work hard towards nation building despite recent violent conflict.

French Catholics use social media to preach, organise
19/03/2014 - On-the-spot France

French Catholics use social media to preach, organise

Catholics around the world this week have been marking the first anniversary Pope Francis' election.

Strike-hit African diocese finds comfort in pro-poor stance of Pope Francis
13/03/2014 - African news explained

Strike-hit African diocese finds comfort in pro-poor stance of Pope Francis

Pope Francis became head of the Roman Catholic Church a year ago. He has sought to bring about a renaissance of the Church after years of corruption and sex scandals.

Jerome Kerviel
05/03/2014 - France - Vatican

Rogue trader Kerviel walks from Rome to Paris after meeting Pope

French rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel is walking from Rome to Paris after meeting Pope Francis on 19 February in a lone march against the "tyranny of the market".


French press review 18 February 2014

Fear is the front-page theme this morning. Right wing Le Figaro has "Socialists scared of mass abstention".

Doctor Eric Kariger, chief of palliative medicine at the Reims hospital, speaks about the case of Vincent Lambert, who is tetraplegic and currently on artificial life support, after a judicial hearing at the Council of State, 13 February 2014.
14/02/2014 - France

French tetraplegic's family at war over euthanasia

France's Council of State said Friday it will rule "before the summer" on the case of Vincent Lambert, a tetraplegic who has been in a vegetative state for six years. Lambert's wife ...


French press review 4 February 2014

The dominant story in the French papers this morning is the trial of Pascal Simbikangwa, due to open later today here in Paris.


French press review 3 February 2014

Today France is wondering what the modern family looks like and what it means to be European.