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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.
Zelda La Grange at the launch of her book Good Morning, Mr Mandela
21/01/2015 - Report: South Africa

Former Mandela assistant sparks South Africa race row

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is attending the Davos World Economic Forum with a message that investment and business are key to South Africa’s economic success.
Does France need its Martin Luther King, Jr.?
19/01/2015 - On-the-spot France

Does France need its Martin Luther King, Jr.?

As France attempts to address issues surrounding immigration, integration and racism, can it take lessons from elsewhere? Monday, 19 January, Americans commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr's, birthday.
A man touches the spray-painted shut mouth of a statue during in a solidarity march in Paris on 11January 2015.
18/01/2015 - FRANCE

In France, four out of ten oppose Prophet Mohammed cartoons

France struggles with questions around freedom of speech, as half of the population supports limiting free expression online, according to a new poll.

French comedian Dieudonné
17/01/2015 - Analysis: France

France focuses on freedom of speech, but comic Dieudonné arrested for controversial remarks

Shortly after the jihadist attacks on Charlie Hebdo’s offices, President François Hollande vowed to protect the freedom of expression embodied by the satirical journal.
A French police officer places flowers outside the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes
11/01/2015 - France

Muslim worker saved kosher store hostages, cop’s family slams Islamophobia, anti-Semitism

A Muslim employee saved the lives of hostages at the Paris kosher supermarket taken over by armed Islamist Amedy Coulibaly on Friday.
Paris's Arc de Triomphe declares solidarity with Charlie Hebdo.
10/01/2015 - Analysis: France

How will the Charlie Hebdo attacks change France?

On Friday evening Chérif Kouachi, Saïd Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly achieved the martyrdom they aspired to after having imposed the same fate on 17 people who had no wish to die.
Champlan city hall.
05/01/2015 - FRANCE

Roma baby buried in south of Paris after racism row

The Roma baby - at the center of a racism row over the weekend - was finally  buried on Monday in South of Paris after the local town refused a burial plot to the family.

A Roma camp in France.
04/01/2015 - FRANCE

French mayor denies refusing burial of Roma baby amid uproar

The mayor of Champlan near Paris denied having refused to bury a Roma baby in the town’s cemetery amid strong controversy and after Prime Minister Manuel Valls condemned this decision as an ...
Jacques Toubon, the French human rights Defender in October 2014.
04/01/2015 - FRANCE

French human rights Defender could take action in Roma baby case

The French human rights Defender Jacques Toubon said Sunday he was “devastated” by the case of a Roma baby who was denied burial in the cemetery of Champlan near Paris and announced he ...