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Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Defence Minister
16/09/2014 - France - Libya

UN must deal with 'terrorist threat' in Libya, French defence minister

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday that the "terrorist threat" in Libya must be addressed at the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting, alongside the dangers of ...
President Hollande greets Iraqi president Fouad Massoum before today's conference
15/09/2014 - France - Iraq - world

Hollande calls for urgent action on Islamic State at Paris conference

French President Francois Hollande on Monday urged swift action against the Islamic State group, warning there was "no time to lose" as he opened an international conference in Paris for ...
US Secretary of State John Kerry boards his plane in Cairo to head for Paris
14/09/2014 - France - Iraq - Syria

930 French residents have joined jihadi groups in Iraq and Syria, minister

Some 930 people have gone from France to Syria or Iraq to fight with jihadi groups there, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper published on Sunday, adding ...
A still from the video purporting to show  the Islamic State's murder of British aid worker David Haines
14/09/2014 - France - Iraq

France condemns ‘abhorrent’ Haines murder ahead of Paris Iraq conference

France on Sunday condemned the “abhorrent murder” of British aid worker David Haines by the Islamic State (IS) fundamentalist armed group.
President François Hollande at a press conference in Baghdad before flying to Arbil Friday
12/09/2014 - France - Iraq

Visas-for-sale scandal hits French consulate as Hollande visit Iraqi Kurdistan

As French President François Hollande visits the Iraqi Kurd capital, Arbil, a visas-for-sale scandal at the French consulate there has hit the headlines.

Police seal off a street in Sarcelles during a pro-Gaza demonstration in July
12/09/2014 - France

Anti-Semitic incidents almost double in France in 2014, Jewish group

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in France almost doubled over the first seven months of this year, compared to the same period in 2013, the main French Jewish group said on Thursday.
Iraqi President Fuad Masum before meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday
12/09/2014 - France - Iraq

Hollande visits Iraq ahead of Paris conference on fighting Islamic State

French President François Hollande declared his support for the new Iraqi government in Baghdad on Friday

11/09/2014 - France - Syria -Turkey

French jihad recruiter in court after Turkish arrest

A man suspected of recruiting French youths to fight in Syria has been handed over to French authorities, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced on Thursday.

A militia fighter watches smoke rise from a petrol depot at Tripoli airport last month
10/09/2014 - France - Libya

France calls for international action on Libya chaos

France has called for international action to end the chaos in Libya, which is becoming a “terrorist hub”, according to Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

French Muslim leaders  , Grande Mosquée, Paris, 9 September 2014.
09/09/2014 - France - Middle East

French Muslim leaders call for solidarity with endangered Christians in Middle East

Muslim leaders in France signed a joint document on Tuesday expressing their support for endangered Christians in the Middle East.

French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, files 2011.
09/09/2014 - France - World

Paris urges action to fight terrorism

The French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday that Paris might send troops abroad to fight terrorist groups.

Mehdi Nemmouche
07/09/2014 - France

Controversy over ex French hostage broken silence on Brussels al-Qaeda killer

A French journalist who was held hostage by extremists in Syria says gunman Mehdi Nemmouche was one of his captors. But critics say he should have kept schtum.


Sarcelles outside Paris, where Jewish businesses were attacked, 20 July 2014.
06/09/2014 - France - Israel

France tops list for Jewish emigration to Israel

More Jews have left France for Israel so far this year than from any other country, a leading Jewish group said on Friday.

Men from Eritrea and Sudan eat distributed food near Calais town hall
05/09/2014 - France - UK

Calais mayor repeats blockade threat after migrants try to storm ferries

The mayor of Calais has repeated threats to blockade the French Channel port after about 100 migrants tried to storm a ferry heading for Britain.
Members of Jabhat al-Nusra in Aleppo
03/09/2014 - France - Syria - Turkey

French mother brings home daughter taken by alleged Syria jihad father

A young mother returned to France early Wednesday with her two-year-old daughter, who had been taken to Turkey by her father, suspected of trying to join jihadi groups fighting in Syria.