Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Clone of Pakistan Protests: Democracy put the test (Part Two)

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan Protests: Democracy put the test (Part One)

Read more

ENCORE!

The French Maestro of Soul

Read more

FOCUS

US tobacco giants want lion's share of e-cigarette business

Read more

ENCORE!

Bold and bonkers: Kate Bush is back on stage

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Simon Serfaty, US foreign policy specialist

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'It's a War, Stupid!'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

French PM calls on ECB to go further to help economy

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'I love the Socialists'

Read more

  • UN backs inquiry of IS group’s alleged crimes in Iraq

    Read more

  • French education ministry picture sparks racist abuse

    Read more

  • US urges Israel to reverse West Bank land seizure

    Read more

  • Lesotho PM calls for regional peacekeeping force after ‘coup’

    Read more

  • Ukrainian forces retreat from Luhansk airport after clashes

    Read more

  • Teddy Riner, France’s unstoppable judo champion

    Read more

  • Death toll rises in Paris apartment building blast

    Read more

  • Iraqi forces free Amerli in biggest victory over IS militants since June

    Read more

  • French police arrest hungry hedgehog hunters

    Read more

  • Tripoli under control of militias, says government

    Read more

  • Monaco’s Falcao set for Man Utd loan on transfer deadline day

    Read more

  • Spain orders custody for parents of ill British boy

    Read more

  • Anti-government protesters storm Pakistan's state TV

    Read more

  • Putin calls for talks on 'statehood' for east Ukraine

    Read more

  • Poland marks 75 years since German invasion of WWII

    Read more

  • Web doc on French self-immolation protests takes top prize

    Read more

France

Judge orders Elise's parents to seek agreement

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-07-03

A family court judge on Friday ordered the parents of a three-year-old Franco-Russian girl at the centre of an international custody battle to come to an agreement before considering their respective demands.

The family court judge of Tarascon (Bouches-du-Rhône) on Friday ordered the parents of a three-year-old Franco-Russian girl at the centre of an international custordy battle to come to an agreement before considering their respective demands.

 

The decision was welcomed by the lawyer representing the girl's father, Jean-Michel André. "This decision has succeeded in protecting both Elise and the rights of her parents," Victor Gioia said.

 

The girl's mother, Irina Belenkaya, 36, was stopped at the Hungarian-Ukrainian border on April 12 as she tried to take her daughter Elise to Russia. A Hungarian court later ordered her sent back to France.
   
Elise has been at the centre of a bitter custody battle between her Russian mother and her French father since they split in 2007. Her father wants sole parental rights while her mother wants 50-50 joint custody.
   
She was abducted on March 20 by two men and a woman in the southern French city of Arles, where she lived with her father. André was badly beaten during the kidnapping.
   

 

Date created : 2009-07-03

COMMENT(S)