Reuters in Paris

Former president says justice system is being used for political ends, after he was put under investigation on suspicion of using influence to gain details of probe into his 2007 election campaign.


A majority of the French favour a government reshuffle in the aftermath of a scandal that forced the budget minister to resign after lying about a secret foreign bank account, a poll showed on Sunday.

Moody’s stripped France of its prized triple-A badge on Tuesday, cutting the sovereign credit rating on Europe’s No 2 economy by one notch to Aa1 from Aaa, citing an uncertain fiscal outlook.

Former Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel handed three years in jail for his role in France’s biggest rogue-trading scandal on Wednesday and ordered to repay US$6.35 billion.

A French court on Tuesday banned a gossip magazine from further publishing topless photographs of the wife of Britain’s Prince William, the former Kate Middleton.