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French press review 4 March 2015

War boosts illegal immigration to Europe. There are varied reactions to Benjamin Netanyahu's speed to the US Congress. And French MPs want to tighten up the law on racist hate-speech.

An employment exchange in Paris - unemployment among under-25s of African origin is over 40 per cent
01/03/2015 - France

Racism boosts second-generation African immigrant unemployment in France, report

Discrimination is keeping the children of immigrants at the bottom of France’s economic pile, a report advised Prime Minister Manuel Valls this weekend.
François Hollande and the CRIF President Roger Cukierman in Paris on 23 February 2015.
24/02/2015 - FRANCE

Hollande vows tougher crackdown on hate speech

French President François Hollande announced a reinforcement of measures against expressions of racial or anti-Semitic hatred during the annual dinner of the French Representative Council of ...
A poll published Sunday found that 92% of French people agree with blocking people and websites for hate speech.
22/02/2015 - France

Majority of French are for measures against online hate speech

France’s Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) held a conference Sunday on how to tackle online hate speech, while a poll published the same day revealed that an overwhelming majority of French ...
Chelsea fans before the match Chelsea v Burnley on 21 February, 2015
22/02/2015 - France - United Kingdom

Police spoke with three men involved in alleged racist Paris metro incident

British police have spoken to three men suspected of being involved with an alleged racist incident involving Chelsea football fans last week on a Paris metro train.

Souleymane S speaks to Le Parisien
19/02/2015 - France

Paris racist attack victim to file legal case against Chelsea fans

The man at the centre of a racist incident on the Paris metro is to file a civil case against the Chelsea football club fans involved and hopes they will be jailed.

The fans were on their way to see the PSG-Chelsea match during which Chelsea's Willian (L) faced PSG's Marco Verratti (R) and Blaise Matuidi (C)
18/02/2015 - France - United Kingdom

France opens racist assault case after Chelsea fans push black man off Paris metro

French prosecutors have opened a hunt for Chelsea football club fans who were filmed stopping a black man boarding a Paris metro train while chanting racist slogans.
François Hollande addresses journalists at the Elysée Palace on Thursday
05/02/2015 - France - Germany - Ukraine - Russia

Hollande, Merkel to fly to Ukraine with new peace proposal

French President François Hollande announced that he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were to fly to Ukraine on Thursday afternoon to put new propositions to end the conflict with Russia to ...
Election posters in Herimoncourt in the Doubs constituency
04/02/2015 - France

Sarkozy’s UMP split over refusal to back Socialists against Front National in by-election

France’s main right-wing opposition party, the UMP, was split on Wednesday after its executive committee refused to take sides in a by-election that could see the far-right Front National (FN) ...
French rights ombudsman Jacques Toubon
22/01/2015 - France

French mayor ‘acted illegally’ in dodging Roma baby burial, ombudsman

The mayor of a French town was guilty of illegal discrimination in trying to avoid burying a Roma baby in the local cemetery, France’s human rights ombudsman has ruled.