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The Sacré Coeur in Paris is visited by more tourists than the Louvre
20/04/2015 - FRANCE

Paris to spend 80 million euros on restoring churches

Paris is to invest 80 million euros in restoring its churches and synagogues, a figure that religious heritage professionals say is nowhere near enough.

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 ...
A canteen meal
17/03/2015 - France

French mayor's ban on pork-free option sparks school meal row

A row erupted in France on Tuesday after the mayor of a town in Burgundy sent a letter to parents explaining that, from September, school canteens will no longer offer an alternative when pork is on ...
10/03/2015 - Nigeria

It's hard to stay neutral during the Nigerian election campaign: interview Catholic Church leader

Remaining impartial in the run-up to Nigeria’s presidential polls is a challenge, a leading member of the Catholic Church told RFI on Monday.

French press review 9 March 2015

With just two weeks to go to departmental elections here in France, it's perhaps not surprising that two of the national dailies give pride of place to aspects of those polls.

IS members destroy a statue in Mosul museum
27/02/2015 - France - Iraq - Syria

Hollande condemns IS’s ‘barbaric’ destruction of ancient artefacts in Mosul

French President François Hollande on Friday condemned the “barbaric” destruction of ancient statues by the Islamic State (IS) armed group in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Screen capture
19/02/2015 - France

French infidelity website cries censorship after bus ads removed

A French website facilitating extra-marital affairs complained of censorship on Wednesday after complaints led to its ads being pulled from buses in towns near Paris.

Reinforced security at St Peter's in Rome
19/02/2015 - Report: Italy

Italy warns IS could pose threat to Europe, steps up security

Italy has issued its strongest warning yet about the danger of the Islamic State (IS) armed group establishing a stronghold in Libya that would threaten Europe’s security.
Pope Francis in Manila
21/01/2015 - Report: Catholic Church

Vatican picks child abuse board chief

The Vatican has announced that its long-time sex abuse prosecutor, Bishop Charles Scicluna, has been named to head a new board to hear appeals by priests who are accused of molesting minors.

Manuel Valls, carrying the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo, 14 Jan, 2015
15/01/2015 - France

No blasphemy law in France reminds Valls

Blasphemy does not exist as a legal offence in France.