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A carving knife and fork in the distinctive Laguiole design
18/04/2014 - France

Laguiole - French village fights for right to use its name

A French village is calling for nationwide support after losing a legal fight for local businesses' right to use its name to sell their products.

Pets are no longer furniture, French MPs have decided
16/04/2014 - France

Animals have feelings too, French MPs decree

After a long and lively debate French MPs on Tuesday amended to the civil code to upgrade the status of animals from furniture to creatures with feelings.

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 ...

Monday's commemoration of the 1994 genocide
10/04/2014 - France - Rwanda

French court refuses to extradite Rwanda genocide suspect

A French court has refused to extradite a Rwandan accused of killing 349 people during the country's 1994 genocide in the week that the country commemorates the killings and its president renews ...

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev with Russia's Vladimir Putin
09/04/2014 - France - Kazkhstan

French court blocks Kazakh oligarch's extradition

A French court has blocked the extradition of exiled Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, who was arrested at his French Riviera villa in July.

A courthouse dedicated to handling immigration cases at Roissy/Charles De Gaulle airpôrt
09/04/2014 - France

France detains 500 lone migrant children per year, NGO

French authorities detain around 500 unaccompanied migrant children every year in transit zones at French borders, US-based NGO Human Rights Watch says.


French press review 20 March 2014

Libération, L'Humanité and Aujourd'hui en France all give top billing to the on-going Sarkozy phone saga.

South Sudan opposition leaders to return to face trial for treason
17/03/2014 - African news explained

South Sudan opposition leaders to return to face trial for treason

In South Sudan the trial of four men for treason is slated to return to court on Wednesday.

A photo of Monsanto's MON 810 maize. Authorized in 1998, commercial use of the genetically modified crop remains frozen
15/03/2014 - France

France renews ban on Monsanto maize planting as a precaution

France banned the planting of Monsanto maize on Saturday 15 March, ahead of a vote at the National Assembly to impose a wide-sweeping ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Journalists arrive for the sentencing of Pascal Simbikangwa at a Paris court. The trial of the former Hutu officer is the first of its kind in France
15/03/2014 - FRANCE-RWANDA

French court sentences former Rwandan spy-chief to 25 years in prison for genocide

Pascal Simbikangwa, a former Rwandan intelligence chief, was found guilty of complicity in the 1994 genocide and sentenced to 25 years in prison.