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How abused boy scouts made the French church tremble

Lyon - The conviction of the archbishop of Lyon for covering up paedophilia in his diocese is a victory for victim and campaigner Francois Devaux, whose dogged efforts to publicise the abuse have made him a hero -- and a reluctant cinema star.

French cardinal convicted over sex abuse cover-up

Lyon - The archbishop of Lyon Thursday announced he was resigning just hours after being handed a six-month suspended jail sentence for failing to report sex abuse in a case that has rocked the French Catholic Church and added to the Vatican's woes.

French court to rule on cardinal accused of sex abuse cover-up

Lyon - A French court on Thursday will deliver its verdict in the case of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, accused of covering up sexual abuse of minors by one of his priests.

Prosecutors slam Jewish museum suspect's 'indecent' silence at trial

Apo - Prosecutors on Monday poured scorn on the "indecent" silence of a Frenchman accused of shooting dead four people at the Jewish museum in Brussels as they began their closing summary.

French 'yellow vest' boxer given one-year sentence

Paris - An ex-boxer who became a hero to some of France's "yellow vest" protesters after beating up police officers during a demonstration was convicted on Wednesday and given a one-year prison term.

Catalan separatists' rebellion trial starts in Madrid

Madrid - Catalan separatist leaders accused of rebellion for trying to make their region independent from Spain launched their defence on Tuesday at the start of a long-awaited trial.

Top French court upholds police use of controversial riot guns

Paris - France's top administrative court ruled Friday that police could continue using a rubber bullet launcher blamed for dozens of injuries during the "yellow vest" protests which have roiled the country since November.

Jewish museum attack families tell court of grief

Apo - The Israelis orphaned by the murderous gun attack on Belgium's Jewish Museum testified on Thursday in the trial of the accused attacker.

French police get seven years for raping Canadian tourist

Paris - A French court on Thursday sentenced two police officers to seven years in prison for the rape of a Canadian tourist at the Paris police headquarters.

'El Chapo' trial: a three-month plunge into the bloody ways of the drug trade

New York - Over the space of nearly three months, a New York jury has heard 54 witnesses deliver dramatic evidence against accused Mexican drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Corruption takes centre stage in Nigerian election campaign

Abuja - Corruption is taking centre stage in the run-up to Nigeria's presidential elections, with the incumbent accused of failing to tackle the scourge of graft and his challenger facing claims about his past.

Prosecutor presents no charges, but trial of French cardinal still on

Lyon - A state prosecutor on Wednesday declined to press charges against a French cardinal accused of covering up sex abuse of minors by a priest in his diocese, but the court case rolled on.

French cardinal denies covering up for paedophile priest

Lyon - The most senior French Catholic cleric to stand trial over one of the paedophilia scandals that have rocked the church denied in court Monday covering up for a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up

Lyon - The highest-profile Catholic cleric to be caught up in a paedophile scandal in France goes on trial on Monday charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up

Lyon - The highest-profile Catholic cleric to be caught up in a paedophile scandal in France is to go on trial on Monday charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

'I will drink your blood': French rappers take feud to ring

Paris - Two feuding French rappers have sparked hilarity on social media by vowing to settle their differences in the ring.

French court annuls dismissal payout to 'rogue trader' Kerviel

Paris - A French appeals court on Wednesday cancelled an unfair dismissal payout to former Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel, whose deals cost the bank 4.9 billion euros after they turned sour.

French ex-minister cleared of raping two former employees

Bobigny - A French court on Thursday acquitted former government minister Georges Tron of raping two employees during foot-massaging sessions in his office.

Former French minister Tron on trial for rape

Bobigny - A French former government minister went on trial Tuesday accused of raping two former employees during foot-massaging sessions in his municipal office.

US cruise ship captain on trial over French pollution charges

Marseille - The American captain of a massive cruise ship faces trial in Marseille on Monday accused of using fuel with sulphur levels above European limits, as the Mediterranean port city grapples with the polluting effect of its drive to increase boat tourism.

Fired French Goodyear workers make last stand in court

Amiens - More than 800 former employees at a Goodyear factory in France converged for a mass court hearing Thursday to seek compensation for their dismissal when the US tyre giant closed the site in 2014.

Prosecutor wants Frenchman jailed for rape in Nobel scandal

Stockholm - Swedish prosecutors on Monday called for a minimum three-year sentence against a Frenchman accused of two counts of rape, in one of the first big trials to come out of the #MeToo movement.

French slaughterhouse workers on trial accused of cruelty

Pau - Five slaughterhouse workers went on trial in southern France on Monday over footage showing abuse of livestock at the site which prompted widespread outrage as well as inspections at abattoirs nationwide.

Ten on trial over mafia-style killing of Monaco heiress

Aix-en-provence - The imprisoned son-in-law of a murdered Monaco billionaire goes on trial Monday with nine other people suspected in the brazen daylight killing of the heiress, a case which prosecutors say bears all the hallmarks of a sordid crime thriller.

French rappers freed after brawl shuts Paris airport

Paris - Two of France's biggest rap stars were released on bail Thursday after a brawl between their entourages forced a partial shutdown of a Paris airport.

Top French court says no punishment for aiding migrants

Paris - France's Constitutional Court ruled Friday that people could not be charged for helping migrants who entered the country illegally, after dozens of people offering aid were prosecuted for what they denounced as "crimes of solidarity".

French youths jailed for killing Chinese tailor

Bobigny - Two French youths were jailed Tuesday over a deadly attack on a Chinese tailor that sparked mass protests by the country's Asian community.

Finnish MP guilty of sex assault for 'forcibly kissing' colleague

Apo - A Helsinki court on Monday found a lawmaker guilty of sexually assaulting and harassing a female member of parliament by "forcibly kissing" her after a Christmas party, media reported.

French youths in court over 'racist' deadly attack on Chinese tailor

Paris - Two French youths appeared in court on Friday over the death of a Chinese tailor in one of a string of violent robberies targeting Asians in high-rise Paris suburbs.

DRCongo's Bemba leaves ICC detention centre following acquittal

Den Haag - Democratic Republic of Congo's former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba has left the detention centre of the International Criminal Court following his acquittal of war crimes after a decade behind bars, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
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