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Rugby stars charged in Paris over cocaine

Williams (L) and O'ConnorWilliams (L) won the 2011 World Cup with the All Blacks; O’Connor was the second youngest player to debut for Australia

Two former rugby internationals, New Zealander Ali Williams and Australian James O’Connor, have been charged with drug offences in Paris.

The pair were arrested outside a nightclub near the Champs Elysees on Saturday and spent a night in jail.

Williams, 35, will appear in court at a later date having accepted a charge of buying cocaine, judicial sources say. Continue reading Rugby stars charged in Paris over cocaine

Students tear-gassed in Paris protest

People run away from a smoke grenade launched by riot police forces during a demonstration against police brutality in Paris (23 February 2017)The protests on Thursday were the latest in a series against alleged police brutality

Police have fired tear gas at Paris students who blockaded 16 high schools in protest against the alleged police rape of a young black man.

The demonstrations are the latest to be held in the capital over the alleged rape and other reported police abuses.

The victim, known publicly only as Theo, reported being beaten up by officers and raped with a truncheon after being stopped on 2 February. Continue reading Students tear-gassed in Paris protest

Theo ‘rape’ case fuels clashes with police in Paris area

French police in Nantes, file picFrench police methods in some deprived suburbs are under intense scrutiny

Protesters have attacked a police station on the southern outskirts of Paris amid anger over the alleged rape of a young black man by French police.

The overnight violence in Les Ulis followed earlier clashes between police and protesters at the weekend, in which several dozen people were detained.

In Les Ulis three police cars were damaged, French media report. Continue reading Theo ‘rape’ case fuels clashes with police in Paris area