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Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari
01/04/2015 - Nigeria

Buhari victory in Nigeria boosts hopes of Boko Haram defeat

As opposition supporters celebrated Muhammadu Buhari’s election as Nigerian president on Wednesday, questions were being raised about the former general’s strategy for defeating the ...
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has warned of sectarian tensions in the run-up to the referendum
30/03/2015 - Tanzania

Fears of delays, sectarian violence as Tanzania prepares referendum

Tanzania’s referendum on a new constitution could be delayed due to debate over Islamic courts and practical difficulties, analysts warn, with fears of sectarian violence as President Jakaya ...
30/03/2015 - Analysis: France

France's Socialists take hit in departmental elections

France’s opposition right-wing UMP, led by former president Nicolas Sarkozy, swept Sunday’s departmental run-off elections with its centrist allies, delivering a blow to the ruling ...
French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius
07/03/2015 - Op-ed: International Women's Day - Climate change

Taking climate action for and with women

The battle against climate change is part of the battle for women’s rights, argues French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius in an op-ed piece for RFI, published ahead of International ...
Diego Velazquez, The Toilet of Venus (1647-1651)
23/02/2015 - France

Art exhibitions in Paris, February-September 2015

Spanish splendour from Velazquez, vice and low life in Baroque-era Rome, Tudor pomp, domestic bliss and ladies in the bath and some louche Outsider Art hit the Paris museums and galleries this ...
FN candidate Sophie Montel (L) with FN leader Marine Le Pen
02/02/2015 - France

Front National wins French by-election first round, Sarkozy’s UMP eliminated

The far-right Front National party won the most votes in a bye election on Sunday, notching up yet another success.

Lassana Bathily, who was granted French nationality, with Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
24/01/2015 - France

French citizenship, reward or punishment in fight against terror

The historic nature of French citizenship, which has been a lodestone to other nations around the world since the Napoleonic civic code, came into the spotlight on Friday after France’s highest ...
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C) and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (R) listen as Prime Minister Manuel Valls outlines his plans to tackle jihadist violence
22/01/2015 - Explainer: France

France considers reviving Nazi purge law for terror offences

France's government has said it will consider restoring a law applied to former Nazi collaborators after World War II law to punish those who take part in crimes like this month's Charlie Hebdo ...
Mohammed, David and Solomon depicted in the 1436 Book of the Ascension of the Prophet
20/01/2015 - Analysis: Middle East - France

Islam’s never-ending debate on depiction of the prophet

For several days the question of the depiction of the prophet Mohammed has been widely debated thanks to the front pages of the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo.
French comedian Dieudonné
17/01/2015 - Analysis: France

France focuses on freedom of speech, but comic Dieudonné arrested for controversial remarks

Shortly after the jihadist attacks on Charlie Hebdo’s offices, President François Hollande vowed to protect the freedom of expression embodied by the satirical journal.