Volvo Cars guilty of manslaughter

An appeals court in France on Thursday affirmed a €200,000 ($300,000) fine against Volvo Cars, finding the Swedish automaker guilty of manslaughter in a case resulting from a fatal 1999 car crash.

Volvo Cars guilty of manslaughter

The court upheld a previous ruling that found that faulty brakes on the Volvo 850 TDI vehicle indirectly caused the accident, in which a French schoolteacher ran over and killed two young children on their way to school in eastern France.

The court also confirmed the sentence handed to the driver, Catherine Kohtz, 57, who received a six-month suspended prison sentence and a €300 fine, and had her licence temporarily revoked for failure to control her vehicle.

“The most important thing for my client is that Volvo’s guilt has been recognised, after years of legal procedures,” said Kohtz’s lawyer Thierry Cahn.

“The accident stemmed from a failure in the braking system, as she insisted from the beginning.”

The appeal court ordered the ruling to be published in two French national newspapers.


Sweden’s injured World Cup hero Jakob Johansson signed by Rennes

French top flight outfit Rennes have signed Sweden's injured World Cup hero Jakob Johansson from Greek champions AEK Athens, the Brittany club said on Monday.

Sweden's injured World Cup hero Jakob Johansson signed by Rennes
Jakob Johansson (centre) celebrates his goal against Italy. Photo: Frank Augstein/AP/TT

Johansson is the man who sent Sweden to the World Cup finals in Russia by scoring the winning goal in a play-off with Italy in November.

“Rennes are a very well structured club with fine training facilities and a great stadium,” Johansson told the Rennes website. “They also have a very clear and ambitious project.”

Rennes came fifth in Ligue 1 last season and are coached by former France midfielder Sabri Lamouchi.

Johansson was club captain at AEK in their title winning campaign but was omitted from Sweden's 23-man World Cup squad due to a knee injury that limited his appearances this season.

The 27-year-old has signed a two year deal at Rennes and moves on a free agent contract.