1. Main
  2. Learn
  3. Life
  4. People

Frenchman ends 4-day crane protest for custody of son

Frenchman ends 4-day crane protest for custody of son Frenchman ends 4-day crane protest for custody of son
A French father denied access to his son came back down to earth Monday after a four-day protest perched on a giant crane that sparked reactions from the prime minister and his justice minister,
AFP reports. Serge Charnay fist mounted the 40-metre-high shipyard crane on Friday morning in the western port of Nantes to highlight his case, unfurling a large banner that read: "Benoit, two years without a dad." The 42-year-old has is battling to win back the right to see his son, born in 2006, after losing all visiting rights when he was accused of kidnapping the boy. "It isn't finished, far from it," he said as he set foot on the ground Monday. "I didn't go up there just for my personal case but for the cause of all dads." Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault ordered Justice Minister Christiane Taubira to meet with representatives of groups defending fathers' rights Monday afternoon. Charnay had said he would descend after that meeting. His friend Nicolas Moreno, also in a legal battle for the right to see his two sons Evan and Lucas, climbed a nearby crane on Saturday but came down after a few hours. Another distressed father staged a copycat protest in the eastern city of Strasbourg but climbed down the crane after two hours following police intervention. In a letter to
AFP, the lawyer for the boy's mother said Charnay had kidnapped the child twice: for 15 days in 2010 and two and a half months in 2011. He had also allegedly threatened the boy's mother.

Nobel prizewinner proposes a new city in KZ
New abnormal snowfalls expected in Kazakhstan
Huge glacier retreat triggered in 1940s
Hyperloop construction begins in Las Vegas
"Moonlight" to top Spirit Awards nominations
Oil prices fall due to investors uncertainty
New dwarf galaxy discovered around Milky Way
Kanat Islam becomes a top ten WBO boxer
World oil prices continue to rise
Kazakhstan expects warming - Kazhydromet
Merkel to seek fourth term as chancellor
Sale of Tintin drawings set to break records
US, EU stocks fall as markets focus on dollar
Pacific leaders urged to defend free trade
EU warns eight nations on budget deficit
Universiade-2017: Athletic Village is ready
Bob Dylan can't make Nobel ceremony
Messi will never leave Barca - club president
Google, Facebook take aim at 'fake' news
Aerosmith announces Europe 'farewell' tour
Putin, Trump to normalise US-Russia ties
At least 10 hurt in southern Turkey blast
6.2 quake hits western Japan
OPEC agrees shock oil output cut
Israeli ex-president and Nobel laureate Peres dies
Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook
32,000 arrested in Turkey coup probe
Youth to the fore as Milan fashion week opens
Xenophobia threatening peace in eastern Germany
Four-in-10 Japanese are virgins: poll
Sweden re-militarises Baltic island of Gotland
China to launch second space laboratory: Xinhua
More than a billion stars mapped in Milky Way: ESA
Boxing: Golovkin eyes Saunders after stopping Brook
Kazakhstan shifts PM to security chief
Oil prices gain despite rising OPEC supply forecast
US to give Philippines military planes
Singapore wages war on Zika-bearing mosquitoes
Italy quake death toll nears 250
Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate
18 dead as Italy struck by powerful quake
Japan's first lady visits Pearl Harbor
Pokemon's a no-go on Bangkok's roads
July was Earth's hottest month in modern times
Pakistan rock climbers scale new heights