The children were snatched away from the foster parents in the fall of last year. Why? Because The Powers That Be decided that the children received too much love from their foster parents. Yes, you read that right: too much love.
During the five years that Marie and Alvaro had care of the kids, they committed several crimes:
1) They lavished Anne-Charlotte et Émilien with affection, treating the children as if they actually belonged in the family,
2) They bought the children gifts,
3) They took them on family vacations
4) They celebrated national and family holidays with the children...
You know, the really bad stuff...
And what evil influence did this have on the children? Why, it made them much less inclined to want to someday (if ever the natural parents got their act together) return to their "real" family.
The family where they suffered mistreatment and sexual abuse; the family where Emilien, aged one, was still crawling on the floor and eating out of the dog's bowl, as if it were his own plate; the family where the father is currently in prison and the mother has been declared to have "a slight mental deficiency."
But today, a wise, humane judge decided that the children belonged with those who actually care for them. This does not, however, make up for the 7 months that the kids had to spend in institutionalized care, cut off from all contact with their foster family and friends.
Here is a link to news segment. Sadly it is in French. Couldn't find word of it in the English headlines.