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France

2017

30

Oct

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French police ‘use beatings, tear gas and confiscation’ against Calais refugees

Police violence towards refugees in Calais has intensified to “excessive and life-threatening” levels, according to a new report, and the overall situation for unaccompanied minors has deteriorated markedly, a year after the refugee camp there was razed. The report by the Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP) says French police tactics against the estimated 700 refugees […]

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Country: France
Source: The Guardian

27

Oct

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French jihadists get welfare benefits from France while fighting in Syria

French jihadists fighting in Syria have been able to claim their unemployment benefits from France, according to a new report, which they have used to finance terror group Isis. French investigators have discovered a major scam that saw jihadists using their unemployment benefit or family allowance paid in France to help fund Isis in Syria, […]

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Country: France
Source: The Local

24

Oct

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French parents investigated after naming child ‘Jihad’

A couple is being investigated in France after calling their son “Jihad”. The boy was born at the beginning of August in the city of Toulouse. The registrar responsible for recording the birth certificate then passed the information onto local prosecutors. French law allows parents freedom to choose any name which is not considered harmful […]

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Country: France
Source: Euronews

19

Oct

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Institutional racism against the Arab-Muslim community: French parliament adopts controversial anti-terror bill

The French parliament has approved a new controversial anti-terrorism law, replacing the soon-to-expire two-year state of emergency. The new legislation has prompted fears it will severely limit civil liberties. The French senate approved the new anti-terrorism law on its second reading on Wednesday. The new law, set to increase law enforcement powers in the fight […]

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Country: France
Source: RT

12

Oct

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Chaos in Paris as THOUSANDS march against Macron – riot police deployed in ugly scenes

THOUSANDS of people marched against Emmanuel Macron’s public sector reforms today, with protests descending into ugly scenes as riot police were deployed in Paris. Strikes were held in a number of cities across France as civil servants, teachers and nurses marched in places like Toulouse, Strasbourg and the capital Paris. They marched to mark their opposition to […]

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Country: France
Source: Express

04

Oct

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French parliament approves controversial anti-terrorism law

France’s lower house of parliament has approved a controversial new counter-terrorism bill after Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told parliament “We’re still in a state of war,” as country is facing “very serious threat” level. The bill was approved on its first reading in the lower house of parliament by 415 votes to 127, with 19 […]

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Country: France
Source: Outlook India

02

Oct

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Refugees face ‘acute’ lack of sanitation and ‘alarming’ police brutality on the French-Italian border

Hundreds of refugees are facing a severe lack of sanitation and police brutality on the border between Italy and France, in what experts say is a situation “worse than the Jungle”, The Independent can reveal. An estimated 700 displaced people, including scores of unaccompanied children, are currently in the Italian city of Ventimiglia. Many of them are living in […]

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Country: France
Source: The Independent

28

Sep

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UN: France anti-terror draft law would affect civil liberties

The UN’s Human Rights Office has expressed concern about a French draft law that translates as a “bill to strengthen internal security and the fight against terrorism.” It could affect people’s “right to liberty and security, the right to access to court, freedom of movement, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, freedom of expression and […]

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Country: France
Source: Deutsche Welle

20

Sep

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French police clear 557 people including 60 children from makeshift migrant camp

French police yesterday encircled a makeshift migrant camp in a wooded area near Dunkirk, clearing out 557 people. It was the second such operation in two days in northern France, where asylum-seekers and migrants gather in hopes of making it across the English Channel to Britain. Sixty children were among the people removed from the camp […]

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Country: France
Source: Daily Mail

16

Sep

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France’s top court bars access to Rwanda genocide files

France’s top constitutional authority says presidential archives on Rwanda should remain secret, thwarting a genocide researcher. In 1994 France backed Rwanda’s ethnic Hutu leaders at the time of the genocide by Hutu militias. Some 800,000 people – mostly Tutsis – were killed. The Constitutional Council says a 25-year block on ex-president François Mitterrand’s documents is […]

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Country: France
Source: BBC