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French President François Hollande with former hostages Marc Feret, Pierre Legrand and Daniel Larribe, Thierry Dol (L-R)
31/10/2013 - France - Niger - Mali

Far right's Le Pen 'troubled' by Al-Qaida hostages' return to France

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Friday declared herself "troubled" by TV footage of four hostages who returned to France on Wednesday after three years as prisoners of Al-Qaida.

A woman wearing niqab
30/10/2013 - France

Lawyer challenges French burka ban, woman's trial postponed

A French lawyer has launched a new constitutional challenge to France's burka ban as part of the defence of a woman whose arrest for wearing Islamic face-covering sparked riots in the french town of ...
Justice Minister Chistiane Taubira speaks in the National Assembly
20/10/2013 - France

Front National threatens to sue French justice minister in racist slur row

France's Front National (FN) says it will sue Justice Minister Christiane Taubira for her reaction to one of its members comparing her to an ape.

François Hollande at the Lycée Voltaire in Doha on 22 June
12/10/2013 - France

French headmaster forced out of Qatar after 'anti-Muslim' charges

The headmaser of a French school in Qatar has been forced to leave the Gulf state because an employee accused him of an "anti-Muslim attitude".
Police on the streets of Trappes in July
27/08/2013 - France

Alleged Islamophobe attack victim attempts suicide

A 16-year-old girl who claimed to have suffered an Islamophobic attack in the tense French town of Trappes this month was set to undergo surgery on Tuesday after trying to commit suicide.


French weekly magazines review

In this week's French weeklies: discontent over the ban of Islamic headscarves in public places resurfaces; a French tycoon's fall from grace; and pertinent questions from the rich and famous: how do ...
Police in Trappes last Saturday
24/07/2013 - France

Racism on French police Facebook page investigated

French police are investigating claims that serving officers posted “violent and sometimes racist content” on a Facebook page. The comments followed last week’s rioting in the town of Trappes

Police patrol inTrappes
21/07/2013 - France

Cars, warehouse burn in French niqab riot town

A warehouse was ablaze near the riot-hit French town of Trappes on Sunday after a second night of clashes between police and youths protesting over the allegedly brutal arrest of a woman wearing ...
20/07/2013 - France

Riot erupts in French town as veiled woman claims police brutality

A riot erupted in a town near Paris on Friday night after police stopped and charged a woman wearing the Islamic face-covering veil.
Wearing a burka in public has been illegal in France since 2011
23/06/2013 - France

Muslims cry Islamophobia afer two burka-wearing women attacked near Paris

Several hundred residents of a working-class town near Paris took to the streets on Saturday in protest at two alleged Islamophobic attacks on young women wearing face-covering veils.