Published: 01 Aug 2012 11:28 GMT+02:00 | Print version
Updated: 01 Aug 2012 11:28 GMT+02:00
A man pretended to be paraplegic, using a wheelchair to slap women on their behinds and expose himself to others near Toulouse.
In the town of Montberon, north of Toulouse, the 62-year-old man had no less than 14 entries on his criminal record, for a medley of offenses including aggravated procuring, indecent exposure and indecent assault.
The man was diagnosed as being paraplegic in 1994, but authorities recently discovered that this handicap was in fact a stunt used to assault women, daily La Dépèche reports.
He was exposed in December last year, when a witness saw him standing up during an attack on a 58-year-old woman.
At the Montberon clinic, the man insulted a partially-handicapped woman, slapped her on the buttocks and slipped his hand inside her underwear.
A witness however recognised the man and reported him to the police.
In July, the case against the fake cripple was however dismissed when he appeared in court in his wheelchair. A neighbour then reported that he often went for walks with the suspect and had never seen him use a wheelchair.
The man was condemned to a 12-month suspended prison sentence, with compulsory psychological treatment for 2 years.
French police fear a gang of robbers is specifically targeting wealthy women in Paris after the second victim in a matter of weeks was kidnapped and forced to hand over tens of thousands of euros worth of valuables. READ () »
The French President François Hollande’s bid to clean up French politics suffered an early setback on Wednesday when one of his parliamentary deputies was jailed for embezzling public money. READ () »
The French government is planning a controversial change in the law to allow more university courses to be taught entirely in English, in a bid to attract foreign students. Author Frederic Werst, one of a group of writers against the project tells The Local why the idea is "deluded". READ () »
A highly contentious proposal to allow more courses at French universities to be taught in English will be discussed in the French parliament today as the minister behind the plan slams the “hypocrisy” of those opposing it. READ () »
French prosecutors investigating corruption are set to decide this week whether to charge IMF chief Christine Lagarde over her handling of a row that resulted in a €400 million payout being paid to disgraced businessman Bernard Tapie. READ () »
Notre Dame cathedral in the heart of Paris had to be evacuated on Tuesday when 78-year-old writer and far-right figure Dominique Venner, a firm opponent of gay marriage, shot himself in the head by the church's altar. READ () »
High ranking ministers in the French government can expect a grilling in the coming days as an investigation into a tax fraud scandal got underway on Tuesday. The probe was set up after the former budget minister admitted having a secret bank account. READ () »
Hopes that France's long, hard winter would be followed by a warm, sunny spring have been well and truly washed out after a weekend of heavy rain and storms. The country's weather agency saying more bad weather is on the way. READ () »
The French Interior Minister reassured the public on Tuesday that a global operation involving French and international police was underway to track down fugitive Redoine Faid, who remains at large after blasting his way out of prison in April. READ () »
VIDEO: French police have charged a minibus driver carrying a group of Marseille football supporters who were involved in a mass brawl with fans of fierce rivals Lyon at a motorway toll plaza in the south of France at the weekend. READ () »