French judges call off anti-Sarkozy protest
France's judges returned to their courtrooms on Tuesday after having suspended all non-urgent cases and staged demonstrations last week over criticism from President Nicolas Sarkozy, DPA reported.
Unions representing the judiciary said courts would be back in session Tuesday after an investigation into the case of a serial offender cleared the judges of any wrongdoing.
Sarkozy earlier this month accused the judiciary over the fact that Tony Meilhon, a serial offender suspected of the grisly murder of a teenage waitress, did not receive counselling after his last incarceration.
The president had threatened to punish whoever was responsible for the oversight.
The judges had retorted that staff shortages was to blame and accused the conservative Sarkozy of using the case for political gain.
A police investigation into the affair backed the judges.
The investigation found "deficiencies" in the justice system but found no-one person responsible for the failure to monitor Meilhon.