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French press review 19 October 2013

The "Leonarda affair" which has polarised opinion in France since Thursday is still very much on every front page this morning.

Front National leader Marine Le Pen (L) with Anne-Sophie Leclère
19/10/2013 - France

Politician who compared French minister to ape may be prosecuted

The far-right politician who compared France's justice minister to an ape is likely to face prosecution for incitement to racial hatred.

New racism row hits British football
19/10/2013 - Sports Insight

New racism row hits British football

This week we reflect on yet another racism row in English football. England manager Roy Hodgson has been the centre of attention this week.

Justice Minister Christiane Taubira
18/10/2013 - France

Front National suspends candidate for comparing justice minister to ape

France's far-right Front National (FN) has sacked one of its candidates in next year's local council elections after she posted an image of Justice Minister Christiane Taubira as an ape on Facebook.

Syrian asylum seekers remove placards from a footbridge after a demonstration at the ferry terminal in Calais, 4 October, 2013
18/10/2013 - Report: France

'I want to live like a human being' - Eritrean, Syrian refugees caught in Calais

Currently witnessing an influx of Syrians and Eritreans, Calais has been a point of passage for refugees bound for Britain since the 1990s.
School students protest at Paris's Place de la Nation on Thursday
17/10/2013 - France

Paris school students protest after Kosovo Roma girl's deportation

Police fired teargas in Paris Thursday after clashes at a school students' protest against the deportation of a 15-year-old Roma from Kosovo and a 19-year-old Armenian.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls
16/10/2013 - France - Kosovo

France's Socialists fall out after 15-year-old Roma girl grabbed from school bus

France's ruling Socialist Party has been plunged into a public row over the deportation of a 15-year-old Roma girl to Kosovo.

Marine Le Pen in Marseille last month
16/10/2013 - Interview: France

EU will collapse like Soviet Union, far-right leader Le Pen tells RFI

The EU “will collapse as the Soviet Union collapsed”, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has told RFI.
François Hollande visits Nelson Mandela's former house in Soweto
15/10/2013 - France - South Africa

Hollande pays 'very emotional' visit to Mandela's old Soweto home

French President François Hollande described as "very emotional" a visit on Tuesday to the small Soweto house where South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela lived before ...
Workers from the Médecins du Monde NGO visit a Roma camp near Paris
30/09/2013 - France - Romania - Bulgaria

France opposes Romania, Bulgaria joining Schengen

France is standing firm in its opposition to Romania and Bulgaria joining the Schengen group of nations, Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday.