Over two tonnes of cocaine seized off Scotland: French customs
Nine men have been charged with drug trafficking after the British coastguard seized more than two tonnes of cocaine off the east coast of Scotland, French and British officials said on Sunday.
French customs shared "specific information allowing two ships from the Royal Navy and the British coastguards to board a tug 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Scotland carrying a very large quantity of cocaine, more than two tons" on Thursday, it said in a statement.
Bali Nine: Indonesia condemned over death penalty
France and Australia have condemned the death penalty as executions for three of their nationals loom.
Earlier, Australia called on Indonesia to delay executing two convicted Australian drug traffickers until corruption claims were investigated.
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were convicted in 2006.
The two, with six more foreigners and one Indonesian, have been formally told of their execution. A French trafficker is still appealing his conviction.
Peter Carey among writers to protest PEN honour for Charlie Hebdo
Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, and at least three other writers have withdrawn from next month’s PEN American Center gala, citing objections to the literary and human rights organisation’s honouring of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
France: Vinci Construction investigated over Qatar forced labour claims
A major French construction company is under investigation after claims it used forced labour for buildings for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Paris government announced at the weekend there was enough evidence for it to open a preliminary inquiry into Vinci Construction.
Paris greenlights food trucks to feed city's fast-food craze
Blame it on the hamburger.
Once that so American of Americans’ staple dish was permitted to enter the French culinary scene, there seemed to be no boundaries left. Well, maybe one, but now that’s gone, too. Paris has decided to roll out the red carpet to another emblem of fast cuisine: the food truck.