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France

2019

25

Jun

Muslim women defy ban to swim in burkinis at French pool

Muslim women in France are disobeying the rules at a local swimming pool by wearing burkinis. In a protest inspired by US civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, they bathed in suits covering their entire bodies – apart from the face, hands and feet – in the city of Grenoble on Sunday. The Jean Bron swimming […]

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Country: France
Source: AA , BBC

12

Jun

France smashes neo-Nazi cell over plot ‘to attack Muslims and Jews’

Five members of the group, who were “close in ideology to the neo-Nazi movement” were charged between September and May over the alleged plot, which was still “ill-defined”, a source close to the investigation said. “The investigation suggested they were developing an ill-defined plot to carry out an attack, likely to target a place of […]

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Country: France
Source: TRT Haber , The Local

04

Jun

Imam jailed for helping migrants cross the English Channel

A French court has sentenced an imam to two years of jail for providing migrants with inflatable boats to reach Great Britain through the English Channel. The man, a 39-year old political refugee from Iran, fainted as the criminal court announced on Monday his immediate incarceration. Another 29-year old Senegalese man who attended the Mosque […]

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Country: France
Source: Euro News , Euro News

29

May

New criticism over French arms shipment to Saudi Arabia

A Saudi Arabian cargo ship is set to arrive in the south of France on Tuesday to pick up munitions, according to a media report, rekindling criticism of weapons sales, which human rights groups say are being used in the devastating war in Yemen. The shipment was revealed by investigative website Disclose, whose reporting on […]

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Country: France
Source: France 24 , Sputnik

24

May

Le Monde director summoned by French intelligence service

The managing director of the newspaper Le Monde, Louis Dreyfus, said Thursday he has been summoned for questioning by France’s domestic intelligence agency, following a similar order against one of the daily’s senior reporters. Dreyfus told AFP he and Ariane Chemin — who broke the story of an explosive scandal concerning a security aide to […]

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Country: France
Source: Euro News , Yahoo

24

May

French far-right leader Le Pen ordered to pay back €300k to EP

The European Court of Justice based in Luxembourg rejected an appeal from Le Pen, a former MEP who had contested a lower court ruling, according to a copy of the decision obtained by AFP on Thursday. The top court upheld a June 2018 General Court ruling which confirmed “the decision of the European Parliament to recover from Marine […]

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Country: France
Source: Haber Türk , The Local

22

May

French President Emmanuel Macron’s party falls behind far right in EU election poll

The party of far-right leader Marine Le Pen will top the upcoming European Parliament elections with 23,5 percent of the vote, just ahead of President Emmanuel Macron’s REM party, according to the results of new Elabe poll. It was the first time Le Pen’s Rassemblement National (RN) – formerly the National Front – overtook Macron’s REM […]

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Country: France
Source: TRT Haber , BFMVT

20

May

French Senate votes to ban headscarf on school trips

France’s upper house of the parliament on May 16 adopted a bill that prohibits mothers from wearing headscarves while accompanying the students on school trips. The bill was presented in the country’s senate by the conservative Republican party. The bill was passed with 186 Yes and 100 No votes, while 159 senators abstained. The bill has to […]

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Country: France
Source: CNN , Hurriyet Daily News

06

May

French interior minister under pressure over ‘hospital attack’ claim

The French interior minister has said he should not have described May Day protesters “attacking” a Paris hospital as he faced calls to resign over the claim. Critics have accused Christophe Castaner of spreading “fake news” after videos of the intrusion at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital appeared on social media and 32 demonstrators held by police were […]

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Country: France
Source: Sputnik , The Guardian

02

May

288 arrested as Paris violence takes centre stage during France’s May 1st protests

288 arrests, 15,000 security checks in Paris. Looting, vandalism and clashes between protesters and police continue in the capital. Police have fired tear gas to push back masked demonstrators in central Paris, as thousands of people used an annual May Day rally to protest against French President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies. Labour unions and so-called […]

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Country: France
Source: Aljazeera