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Presumed guilty: “As a youth from a Paris suburb, I was the ideal suspect”

 
Almost exactly five years ago, the riots in Paris’ suburbs shattered the dreams of Mara Kanté, a then-20-year-old Frenchman who hoped to have a career in football. Accused of attempted homicide against a police officer, he was imprisoned for 29 months, 11 of which he spent in solitary confinement. Ultimately acquitted, the young man shares his story in a new book* and tells FRANCE 24 more about the judicial error that wasted over two years of his life. Read more...
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Footage of French police deporting Tunisian man sparks outrage

 
A video of an undocumented migrant being forced by the police to board a plane for Tunis last weekend has caused outrage on the Internet. The man who took the video says he is shocked by the inhumane treatment suffered by his compatriot. Read more...
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Mysterious “Qatari billionaire” hands out cash and cars in Paris

 
Once upon a time, there was a man who called himself Abdel Wassim El Whani, who claimed to be a Qatari billionaire. Whani rose to the height of Internet fame after he was filmed handing out piles of cash and fancy cars in the streets of Paris. However, no one, not even the Qatari authorities in France, seem to know who he really is. Read more…
 

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Doctors and patients lash out at “undignified” hospital gowns

 
In French hospitals, as in many hospitals around the world, patients’ gowns open at the back – often revealing more of their anatomy than they might be comfortable with.  A petition calling for gowns that “respect patients’ intimacy and dignity” has, in just a couple of weeks, garnered more than 100,000 signatures. Even the French government is paying attention. Read more...
 

Shark attacks in Reunion scare off surfers

 
Fear and frustration has gripped the Indian Ocean island of Reunion’s surfer community, which has taken emergency measures to address a recent spate of shark attacks. There have been two incidents of shark attacks in almost as many weeks, one of which was deadly, the other leaving the victim severely injured. Read more…
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How can François Hollande bring an end to Françafrique?

 
Last October, when François Hollande was still only a presidential candidate, he promised to put an end to Françafrique “with no regrets”. On Sunday, he defeated Nicolas Sarkozy and was elected as France’s president. Our Observers in West Africa, who followed the election very closely, consider the steps the new president could take to bring an end to the negative practices left over from colonialism. Read more...

Tornado caught on camera in the South of France

 
The southern United States is hit by tornadoes every year but they are something of a rare phenomenon in France. So locals were surprised to see one hit land near Toulouse Monday night. It only lasted a few minutes, but several people managed to film it on their mobile phones. Watch videos...

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Viewed from abroad: the rise of Marine Le Pen

 
Far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen came in third in the first round of the French presidential elections Sunday with an impressive score: she received 17.9% of votes, nearly one percent higher than her father received in 2002 when he made it to the second round of the elections. Read more...
 
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