Eric Breteau and his partner Emilie Lelouch - file photograph
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French couple jailed for Africa child 'adoptions' plans

Two French charity workers have been sentenced to two years in prison for illegally trying to fly 103 African children from Chad to France in 2007.

Eric Breteau, who founded Zoe's Ark, and his partner Emilie Lelouch had been tried in absentia but appeared in the Paris court for Tuesday's verdict.

The children were said to have been orphans from Sudan's war-torn Darfur region, but turned out to be mainly from Chad and with families of their own.

Jonathan Josephs reports.

  • 13 Feb 2013
  • From the section Europe