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President François Hollande lays a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier on Thursday
08/05/2014 - France - European Union

'Leaving Europe means leaving history,' Hollande declares as European election nears

French President François Hollande has hit out at Eurosceptics in a special article published in the prestigious Le Monde newspaper.
Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala
04/05/2014 - Belgium - France

'Anti-Semitic hatefest' banned in Belgium

Belgian authorities have banned a meeting whose guests included French comic Dieudonné after Jewish groups complained it would be an “anti-Semitic hatefest”.

French police clear a Roma camp
16/04/2014 - France

Paris police ordered to drive Roma off streets

France's government was on the defensive this week after a police note ordering the systematic removal of Roma people from one of Paris's wealthiest neighbourhoods was leaked to the media.

Police clear a Roma camp
08/04/2014 - France - Europe

Rights groups slam France's Roma policy on World Romani Day

French police forcibly evicted neatly 3,000 Roma from makeshift camps in the first quarter of 2014, rights campaigners announced on Monday, as Amnesty International cited France as one example of ...
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.
Marine Le Pen (L) with the FN's leader in Hénin-Beaumont Steeve Briois
28/03/2014 - France

French far right hopes to take control of 15 town councils on Sunday

France's far-right Front National (FN) hopes to win control of 15 local councils in Sunday's second round of municipal elections, its leader, Marine Le Pen, said Friday.

A labourers' camp at Mayumbe during the construction of the Congo-Ocean railway line
26/02/2014 - France - Congo

Anti-racists take France to court over colonial-era Congo forced labour

A coalition of black rights groups is suing the French state and a construction company for crimes against humanity over the use of forced labour to build a railway line in Congo in the 1920s.

Nicolas Anelka makes the quenelle gesture to celebrate his goal, 28 december, 2013
25/02/2014 - France - UK

French striker Anelka's disciplinary hearing held at undisclosed location

French footballer Nicolas Anelka's disciplinary hearing over his controversial 'quenelle' gesture starts on Tuesday at an undisclosed location, according to England's governing Football ...
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.
Swastika graffiti at the entrance of Toulouse University
17/02/2014 - France

Spate of anti-Semitic, homophobe graffiti hits Toulouse

The mayor of Toulouse has taken legal action to pursue the authors of racist and homophobic graffiti that appeared on Sunday night.