France’s disgraced former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac was back in court Monday, contesting his three-year prison sentence for tax fraud. The mandatory custodial sentence, handed down in 2016, is relatively rare for a convicted French politician.
Every year, more than 80 million visitors make the journey to France, consistently the world’s top tourism destination. FRANCE 24 takes a look at some of the special cultural and sporting highlights that could sweeten the trip in 2018.
French rocker Johnny Hallyday, who died on Wednesday at age 74, spent a six-decade career imparting his love for US pop and rock music. Beyond his original hits, the so-called French Elvis’s repertoire includes hundreds of adapted cover songs.
A trained paramedic suspected of posing as a victim of the November 2015 terrorist attack on the Bataclan in Paris and seeking to collect compensation as a result goes on trial for attempted fraud on Friday in Versailles, near Paris.
For its 300th birthday, The Big Easy is getting a big sister. New Orleans is at last slated to be twinned with its French namesake, Orléans.
A living legend of France’s fairground scene, Marcel Campion has given authorities fits for half a century. At 77, deep into his latest showdown with Paris City Hall, he remains the rebel with a cause made up of cotton candy and carrousels.
A pair of court decisions has raised public ire in France by appearing to minimise allegations of sexual assault on two 11-year-old girls, prompting calls for legislation that better protects children in sex cases and government pledges to act.
French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles has issued “regrets” a week after featuring a French rock star who beat his girlfriend to death on its cover.
A criminal trial of exceptional breadth opened Monday in Paris, five years after the Toulouse-area killing spree that rocked France and set in motion a long series of deadly homegrown terrorist attacks across the country.
French conservative Laurent Wauquiez is eyeing his party’s top job, months after its presidential hopes were dashed by scandal. But the hardliner, riled by inconvenient revelations himself this week, is finding he won’t get there unchallenged.