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Nicolas Sarkozy: French ex-president ordered to stand trial

Nicolas Sarkozy: French ex-president ordered to stand trial

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Sarkozy led France from 2007-2012 A French judge has ordered ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial in an illegal campaign finance case. Mr Sarkozy faces accusations that his party falsified accounts in order to hide 18m euros (£15m; $20m) of campaign spending in 2012. Mr Sarkozy has repeatedly denied […]

UK speaker criticised over Trump comments

Media captionSpeaker John Bercow said addressing Parliament was “not an automatic right” Commons Speaker John Bercow has been criticised for voicing his opposition to US President Donald Trump addressing Parliament during a state visit. Senior Tories told the BBC his comments had caused a lot of anger, with one saying it was “utterly outrageous” and […]

Fake news: Facebook and Google team up with French media

Fake news: Facebook and Google team up with French media

Image copyright Reuters French journalists are teaming up with Facebook and Google to create a new fact-checking service aimed at tackling the rise of “fake news”. Seventeen French newsrooms will be involved in the CrossCheck project, with a focus on the French elections. The news agencies involved include French daily Le Monde, BuzzFeed News and […]

Catalan trial: Artur Mas independence vote case draws crowds

Catalan trial: Artur Mas independence vote case draws crowds

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Mas told supporters he would hold the vote again if circumstances allowed Thousands of supporters filled the streets outside a court in Barcelona on Monday as the former Catalan president Artur Mas went on trial. Accused of serious civil disobedience over Catalonia’s unofficial 2014 independence vote, Mr Mas said […]

Catalan trial: Big crowds for Artur Mas independence vote case

Catalan trial: Big crowds for Artur Mas independence vote case

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Mas and members of the Catalan government sing the Catalan national anthem outside the court Thousands of supporters filled the streets outside a court in Barcelona on Monday as the former Catalan president Artur Mas went on trial. He is accused of involvement in the Spanish region’s unofficial […]

Romania protesters not backing down after decree repeal

Media captionSteve Rosenberg explains what you need to know about the Romania protests About 500,000 demonstrators have rallied across Romania, despite the government revoking a controversial decree that fuelled their discontent. The left-wing government earlier scrapped the decree, which would have shielded many politicians from prosecution for corruption. But protesters remain dissatisfied about a revised […]

‘Restore my liberty’ says Julian Assange

‘Restore my liberty’ says Julian Assange

Image copyright PA WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has made a fresh plea to the UK and Swedish authorities to “restore” his liberty. He has been living inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than four years because he fears he will be extradited to the US. Mr Assange, who has been questioned about a […]

France election: Far-right’s Le Pen rails against globalisation

Media captionFrench presidential election campaign heats up French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has launched her presidential election manifesto with a twin attack on globalisation and radical Islam. The candidate of the National Front (FN) told supporters in the eastern city of Lyon that globalisation was slowly choking communities to death. Her party is promising […]

Louvre attack: Injured suspect ‘refusing to speak’ to investigators

Louvre attack: Injured suspect ‘refusing to speak’ to investigators

Image copyright AP Image caption Security had already been stepped up after a string of attacks in France A man suspected of attacking soldiers with two machetes at Paris’s Louvre Museum on Friday is refusing to speak to investigators, judicial sources say. The man, believed to be 29-year-old Egyptian Abdullah Hamamy, was shot in the […]

France election: Le Pen to launch far-right presidential bid

France election: Le Pen to launch far-right presidential bid

Image copyright AFP Image caption Marine Le Pen has struggled to cast off her party’s extremist image French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is set to launch her presidential election campaign in the city of Lyon. The National Front (FN) manifesto, which lists 144 commitments, promises to offer France a referendum on its membership of […]