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An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2009-10-22

DNA evidence may help resolve case of 4-year-old Grégory, murdered in 1984

A medical laboratory in Lyon has identified two traces of DNA that could help authorities to solve the mystery of who murdered 4-year-old Grégory Villemin 25 years ago.

Le Parisien leads with the so-called ‘Affaire Grégory’. “The DNA speaks,” reads its headline. Found dead in the Vologne River in the east of France, the mystery of who killed Grégory has gripped France for decades. Anonymous letters sent to the little boy’s family could now hold the key to solving the case. The DNA of a man and a woman has been found on those letters. Identifying who the DNA belongs to is the next step. The paper says that even if the man and woman in question are found, determining their guilt will remain a matter for the courts.

Other stories covered in today’s French papers:

France Soir
The Kalinka case: what would you have done?

This is another murder case making today’s French papers. 14-year-old Kalinka Bamberski was murdered by her step-father Dieter Krombach in 1986 who then fled to his native Germany. He was never extradited to France for the trial which convicted him in absentia of the crime. Earlier this week, Kalinka’s father was involved in kidnapping Krombach in Germany. Krombach was found with his hands and legs bound in the eastern French town of Mulhouse. The lawyer for Kalinka’s father says Kromach should not be returned to Germany and should stand trial again in France for the murder of the 14-year-old.

Libération
Charted flight into a warzone

L’Humanité
Cowardly and disgraceful

La Croix
How can Afghan migrants be protected?

Several papers cover the chartered flight that returned three Afghan illegal immigrants to Kabul on Tuesday evening. There has been widespread criticism of the move. Human Rights activists say the immigrants should have been granted asylum.

Libération
The life and times of a spoilt child

The 23-year old son of Nicolas Sarkozy is profiled in the left-leaning paper, Libération.


L’Equipe

Victorious France

Two French football victories yesterday make the front page of the sports paper l’Equipe. Bordeaux beat Bayern Munich 2-1and FC Zurich were beaten by Marseille beat 0-1.
 

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