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EU’s first ‘ecocide’ trial: Toxic chemicals found in French homes

Grezier-la-Varenne, a small town in the east of France, has suddenly become a participant in the international environmental debate. After dangerous levels of pollution have been discovered, a criminal investigation into “ecocide” is underway, the first of its kind in the EU. “Ecocide” describes widespread, long-term and deliberate actions that harm the environment. Last year,

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French baguette received UNESCO protection

French baguette received UNESCO protection. This was announced on November 11 by the cultural organization of the United Nations. 30. “Craft Know-How and Baguette Culture” was added to the organization’s list of intangible cultural heritage. . Intangible cultural heritage is defined as “traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our

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French prosecutors raided the headquarters of the 2023 World Rugby Committee

French financial prosecutors have raided the headquarters of the organizer of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The searches were carried out on Wednesday as part of an investigation into possible corruption and other irregularities. Prosecutors said last month they opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of “favoritism, influence peddling, corruption and any other related offenses

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French MPs vote to ban bullfighting

French MPs are expected to vote Thursday to ban bullfighting for the first time after a national debate that saw animal rights activists clash with fans of the traditional blood sport. While public opinion is strongly in favor of a ban on the practice, the bill is expected to be rejected by a majority of

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French prosecutors investigate alleged illegal election funding

France’s national financial prosecutor’s office said on Thursday it had opened an investigation into allegations of illegal campaign finance in 2017 and 2022. A leading French newspaper reported that the investigation is aimed at the victory of President Emmanuel Macron in the elections. Prosecutors said in a written statement that they wanted to make clarifications

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Human eagle eyes save lives in French building collapse

Authorities said no deaths have so far been reported from a building collapse in the northern French city of Lille, thanks to an early warning by a resident. Lille firefighters pulled one person out of the rubble, he received only minor injuries. As of Saturday evening, another person, believed to be a doctor, was missing.

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Exoskeleton helps wounded French soldiers to their feet

When César stood up for the first time in years using a robotic exoskeleton, the paraplegic former French soldier said the thing he noticed most was the ability to look people in the eye. An exoskeleton was recently made available to help former soldiers learn to stand and walk again at Les Invalides hospital in

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Vatican investigates French cardinal who confessed to abusing a 14-year-old girl

The Vatican is to open a preliminary sexual harassment investigation against a prominent French cardinal after he admitted to acting “reprehensibly” with a 14-year-old girl 35 years ago. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said Friday a search is underway for a lead investigator with “the necessary autonomy, impartiality and experience.” Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, a retired archbishop

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