International Women’s Day: French lawmakers focus on domestic violence

Many abusive partners deprive women of their financial autonomy, in a form of domestic abuse that often gets overlooked. Women’s rights NGOs have been warning about this phenomenon – which they describe as a form of “economic violence” – and some French lawmakers now want to make such actions a criminal offence. According to a study by … Continue reading International Women’s Day: French lawmakers focus on domestic violence

Jailed for corruption, Sarkozy vows to clear his name by any means

France’s former right-wing president Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday vowed to “go all the way” to clear his name, two days after being handed a three-year sentence for corruption following a trial he portrayed as a travesty of justice. A Paris court ruled that the 66-year-old right-winger had formed a “corruption pact” with his lawyer Thierry Herzog to … Continue reading Jailed for corruption, Sarkozy vows to clear his name by any means

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What’s behind the increasing cases of gang violence in Paris?

France has been alarmed over recent weeks by a spate of killings of young people in gang violence in the Paris region during the school holidays. Experts say that the role of social media and the economic effects of the Covid-19 crisis are major factors behind this phenomenon. The most recent killing to shake France was that … Continue reading What’s behind the increasing cases of gang violence in Paris?

COVID-19: Paris plans 3-week lockdown, in a bid to ‘reopen everything’

The city of Paris is considering proposing a three-week lockdown in a bid to “reopen everything” in the City of Lights afterwards, the deputy mayor said Thursday, calling the current nighttime curfew a “half-measure” and a “semi-prison” that never ends. In an interview with French broadcaster Franceinfo, Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Grégoire said that the left-wing run city … Continue reading COVID-19: Paris plans 3-week lockdown, in a bid to ‘reopen everything’

Ligue 1 crisis deepens with TV rights lawsuit expected this month

French football’s latest attempt to replace a collapsed TV rights deal flopped on Monday when bids on a new tender fell short of the expected price, pushing alread-strained clubs deeper into crisis. The news dealt a fresh blow to cash-strapped football clubs who are facing severe financial hardship from empty stadiums during the coronavirus pandemic. It heightened fears of … Continue reading Ligue 1 crisis deepens with TV rights lawsuit expected this month

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Why Erdogan wants France to impeach Macron

Turkey’s president has renewed his vitriolic attacks on French President Emmanuel Macron, saying he hopes France will get rid of him soon. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Macron “trouble” for France, which he said was experiencing a dangerous time under his leadership. “My wish is for France to get rid … Continue reading Why Erdogan wants France to impeach Macron

Macron bemoans racial profiling and police brutality in France

France plans to launch a government-monitored online tool in January that is designed to identify and root out discrimination by police, President Emmanuel Macron said Friday. Macron called it “unbearable” that people of color are more likely to be stopped by law enforcement officers than white people. “We are going to set up a large … Continue reading Macron bemoans racial profiling and police brutality in France

French Catholics: ‘End lockdown on mass, we want to pray’

With banners reading “Let us Pray” and “We Want Mass,” Catholic protesters held scattered demonstrations around France on Sunday to demand that authorities relax virus lockdown measures to allow religious services. In the western city of Nantes, hundreds gathered in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary, some kneeling on the rain-soaked pavement, according … Continue reading French Catholics: ‘End lockdown on mass, we want to pray’

Tunisian man beheads woman in a church

A knife-wielding Tunisian man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday before being shot and taken away by police. President Emmanuel Macron said France would deploy thousands more soldiers to protect important sites such as places of … Continue reading Tunisian man beheads woman in a church

Chilean who killed a Japanese student will face trial in France

A plane carrying a Chilean man accused of murdering a Japanese student in France took off from Santiago's airport Thursday bound for Paris, where he will face trial for the alleged 2016 slaying. Nicolas Zepeda, 29, had been under house arrest at his mother’s apartment in the Chilean resort of Viña del Mar since the … Continue reading Chilean who killed a Japanese student will face trial in France