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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 : 2010-03-10

The reform “that is muzzling the justice system”

Libération leads this morning with the French Government’s bid to reform the justice system. The paper is critical of the proposed abolition of the investigative judge’s role in the system. WEDNESDAY, 10th MARCH, 2010

Libération’s editorial today bemoans the proposed abolition of the “juge d’instruction” (investigating judge) in the French justice system. The investigative judge has a role somewhere between judge and prosecutor. The judge often challenges politicians and businessmen in the courts and, most importantly, initiates the proceedings in a fully independent manner.
 
The reform has been explained as a modernization of the legal system along common law lines. Libération claims that the real aim of this reform is to silence the “source of investigations” into controversial political or business practices. The amended system would see such investigations carried out by state prosecutors who do not enjoy the same degree of independence, being answerable to the Justice Ministry.
 
Other stories in today’s French papers:
 
Le Parisien: The metamorphosis of Martine Aubry
 
Le Figaro: The stolen body of former Cypriot President is located
 
Libération: Strange facts and figures
 
Le Parisien:Weather map turned upside-down

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