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Benoît Violier in 2012 in front of his restaurant near Lausanne
01/02/2016 - FRANCE

Michelin guide loves Paris but Franco-Swiss chef's suicide leaves bitter taste

France's Michelin restaurant guide gave top chef Alain Ducasse a third star for one restaurant and stripped him of one for another, while adding 10 new two-star restaurants. But the ceremony took place under the cloud of Sunday's apparent suicide of Franco-Swiss chef Benoît Violier

A photo of the courthouse in Melun, located in the south-west of Paris, where the victim, Henrique Vannier worked.
29/10/2015 - France

Drama in French court house: lawyer shoots bar chairman, kills himself

France's youngest chairman of the bar was shot and seriousy wounded by a lawyer facing supension, in a dramatic shoot-out at a court house near Paris, police sources said on Thursday.

A file handout photo taken on 3 June 2015 and released by the family of Vincent Lambert
09/10/2015 - France

Court upholds decision to keep tetraplegic Frenchman alive

A French court on Friday upheld a hospital's decision to keep a man in a vegetative state alive, in a high-profile case that has divided his family and become emblematic of the euthanasia debate in ...
French prosecutor Brice Robin said copilot Andreas Lubitz had consulted 41 doctors in 5 years.
12/06/2015 - FRANCE - GERMANY

France launches Germanwings manslaughter probe after Lubitz doctor visits revelations

French investigators are to expand their probe into the Germanwings crash to see if there is a case for manslaughter charges.
Vincent Lambert's wife Rachel outside the European Court of Human Rights following the ruling
05/06/2015 - France - Europe

European rights court ruling angers French anti-euthanasia campaigners

Anti-euthanasia groups say the European rights court's authorisation of the removal of life support for a man in a vegetative state is a first step towards legalising euthanasia.
French rescue workers search the wreckage of Germanwings A320 for the second black box, which contains technical flight data.
03/04/2015 - France - Germany

Germanwings co-pilot accelerated plane's descent, investigators say

The co-pilot of the Germanwings A320 flight that crashed in the French Alps last week repeatedly accelerated the plane as he drove it into the mountains, investigators said Friday after reviewing ...
An investigator at the site of the Germanwings A320 crash in the French Alps
02/04/2015 - France - Germany

Second Germanwings A320 black box found, copilot researched suicide

Investigators have found the second black box of the Germanwings A320 flight that crashed in the French Alps last week.
Germanwings Airbus A320 copilot Andreas Lubitz from his Facebook page
27/03/2015 - FRANCE

German police take evidence from A320 crash copilot's home

German police seized on Friday a number of items at the homes of Andreas Lubitz the copilot who appears to have deiberately crashed the Germanwings A320 flight in the French Alps on Tuesday.

Jean Leonetti of the right-wing UMP, who drew up the bill with Socialist Alain Claeys, defends it in parliament on 10 March
11/03/2015 - France

French MPs debate allowing deep sedation for terminally ill

The French National Assembly has begun debating a bipartisan bill which aims to allow chronically ill patients to stop their treatment and be put into a deep sleep.
Stop au déni's website
01/03/2015 - France

France failing child sex abuse victims, survey finds

France’s social services are failing to protect children from sex abuse, an NGO charged this weekend after a survey showed that only four per cent of victims had received help from the ...