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French press review 20 August 2014

The papers are still looking across the Atlantic, where the US is embroiled in racial tensions and riots not altogether unfamiliar to the French.

The fountain in Hayange, eastern France
29/07/2014 - France

Far-right French mayor paints public sculpture blue

A French mayor belonging to the far-right Front National (FN) has had a sculpture in the centre of his town painted blue without even telling the artist, who is going to sue for violation of his ...

Anne-Sophie Leclère
16/07/2014 - France

Far-right ex-candidate appeals nine-month jail sentence for comparing French justice minister to ape

A former far-right local council candidate says she will appeal against a nine-month prison sentence f or comparing French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira to an ape.

Algeria fans after match against Russia, Marseille 26 June, 2014
30/06/2014 - France - Algeria

Nice mayor bans ostentatious foreign flags during world cup

The Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi has banned the ostentatious display of foreign flags in the city centre for the duration of the football World Cup.

Algerian soccer fans celebrate, Marseille, 26 June.
30/06/2014 - France - Algeria

Security tightened in French cities ahead of Algeria world cup match

Security has been tightened in several cities and towns in France ahead of tonight’s world cup match between Algeria and Germany, after rioting by some Algeria fans celebrating the last two ...

Algeria fans celebrate at the Arc de Triomphe
27/06/2014 - France - Algeria - Brazil World Cup 2014

Jubilation and arrests on France’s streets as Algeria reach World Cup knockout

Algerians in France celebrated their team’s draw with Russia on the streets of Paris, Lyon and Marseille on Thursday night with 74 arrests as some fans clashed with police.

L to R: Matteo Salvini (Italy), Harald Vilimsky (Austria), Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders (Netherlands), Gerolf Annemans (Belgium)
24/06/2014 - France - EU

France's Front National fails to form group in EU Parliament

France’s far right Front National party has failed in its bid to create a parliamentary group in the European Parliament.

A Roma camp in Lille
17/06/2014 - France

Roma teenager in coma after lynching in France

It emerged on Tuesday that a Roma teenager is in a coma, after being attacked and dumped in a supermarket trolley just outside Paris.

Prime minister Manuel Valls in his first speech to the National Assembly
14/06/2014 - France

The Socialist Party could die if it doesn't stick together, says French PM

In his first speech as Prime Minister to the Socialist' National Council, Manuel Valls painted a bleak picture of the party's future.

Jean-Marie Le Pen
13/06/2014 - France

Jean-Marie Le Pen accuses daughter Marine of censorship

France’s Front National (FN) founder Jean-Marie Le Pen has posted his controversial videoblog on his own website and written an open letter to his daughter complaining that he was ...