Judges in Mexico have refused to release French national Florence Cassez, who has spent six years in jail for gang-related crime and kidnapping. The 37-year-old is serving a 60-year sentence, although she insists her only connection to the gang was as the girlfriend of one of its members. The case has strained relations between Paris and Mexico City, and although she remains in prison, the Supreme Court has now agreed to re-examine her case, citing "irregularities".
A Mexican Supreme Court voted 3-2 against the release of Florence Cassez on Wednesday. The Frenchwoman, sentenced to 60 years for kidnapping in 2009, had appealed over an irregularity in her trial proceedings.
A Mexican Supreme Court will on Wednesday decide whether to release Frenchwoman Florence Cassez due to an irregularity in her trial proceedings. Cassez was sentenced to 60 years for kidnapping in 2009.
This week, Bolivia's president addressed the UN in a bid to overturn a ban on the chewing of coca leaves. Morales said he was not advocating the production of cocaine but rather wanted to protect the country’s cultural and medicinal heritage. In Mexico, being a journalist is a risky business. We meet the reporters learning to treat bullet wounds and deal with death threats. Finally we head to Ohio where we see firsthand the tragic consequences of the US housing meltdown.
A Mexican Supreme Court justice will argue that Florence Cassez, a French woman sentenced to serve 60 years behind bars in Mexico for kidnapping, should be released because her rights were violated, according to a court opinion released Wednesday.
The Republican presidential race continues to be a hard-fought battle. We look at the social issues which have risen to the fore, as the hopefuls try to woo the right wing. Next, our reporters take us down the "narco tunnels" criss-crossing the ground under the US-Mexico border. Finally, an American author has taken the child-rearing tips she learned in France across the Atlantic, trying to sell the Gallic approach to her fellow Americans.
Mexican drug traffickers are increasingly relying on tunnels dug under the US border to smuggle their illegal merchandise into the country. Our Mexico correspondents Laurence Cuvillier and Matthieu Comin report from the city of Tijuana, where several of these tunnels have been busted by the authorities.
The international artist David Hockney tells us why he's turned to the iPhone for his new exhibition. Also on the show, we meet Mexican heavy metal kids-turned-rock phenomenon, Rodrigo y Gabriela. We finish with what’s hot on the Paris catwalks.
As Mitt Romney wins the Arizona primary, our reporters travel to the southern state and meet with illegal migrants there. Next, in Mexico, the drug wars aren't just a security problem, they have also inspired a whole new genre in Mexican cinema. Finally, a case study in how to make it in America: we take a look at the French film "The Artist".