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Front National leader Marine Le Pen
04/04/2014 - France

French far-right local councils to ban no-pork menus in schools

The 11 town councils won by France's Front National (FN) in last week's local elections are to refuse to serve no-pork menus in school canteens, party leader Marine Le Pen said on Friday.

Cardinal Peter Turkson gestures during a news conference at the Vatican, March 17, 2014.
23/03/2014 - South Sudan - Central African Republic - Nigeria - Ghana

Have hope in nation building, cardinal tells South Sudan

In an exclusive interview with RFI, an influential African cardinal has urged South Sudan to work hard towards nation building despite recent violent conflict.

Letelier's lawyer Thomas Klotz at the court in Paris
05/03/2014 - France

French cyber-jihadist jailed for publishing Al Qaida propaganda

A man who published Al-Qaida propaganda translated into French on the web has been sentenced to a year in prison. A Paris court found.

Islamist al-Nusra fighters outside Aleppo airport
02/03/2014 - France - Syria

French teenage girl caught heading for Syria jihad

A 14-year-old French girl is in a care home after being stopped at Lyon airport, apparently heading for Syria to wage jihad.

François Hollande addresses members of the Asian community to mark the festivities of the Lunar New Year on Monday
18/02/2014 - France

Far right slams Hollande tribute to Muslim World War I dead

France's far right is up in arms over President François Hollande's participation in a ceremony honouring Muslims who fought for France during World War I.

Cartoonist Charb, publishing director of Charlie Hebdo, in 2012
17/02/2014 - France

Muslims sue satirical paper for blasphemy, MP for hate speech

French Muslims are taking satirical paper Charlie Hebdo to court for blasphemy over a front page insulting the Koran.

UNESCO says the Tomb of Askia in Gao is in a poor state of disrepair.
16/02/2014 - Mali

Race to repair Malian heritage site before rainy season

The United Nation’s cultural agency UNESCO has told RFI of an urgent need to preserve the Tomb of Askia in northern Mali before the rainy season starts in June.

French President François Hollande was the only European head of state president at Tunisia's constitution adoption ceremony
07/02/2014 - France - Tunisia

Tunisia proof Islam compatible with democracy, Hollande tells constitution ceremony

Tunisia embodies the hope of the Arab world, François Hollande told a ceremony to adopt the country's new constitution three years after its revolution set off the Arab Spring.

Are Kenyan Muslims getting radical?
07/02/2014 - African news explained

Are Kenyan Muslims getting radical?

Last Sunday Kenyan police fought running battles with Muslim youths in the northern city of Mombasa, leaving casualties among the police and the youth.


French press review 29 January 2014

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