“When I was 14 years old, during my Junior Seminary, I already knew (that I was attracted to little boys). People told me ‘you are sick’, but they got rid of me. They sent me to another seminary," Preynat told the court on the second day of trial.

A former priest in Sainte-Foy-les-Lyon, in the suburbs of Lyon, Preynat could face up to 10 years in prison. But he claims that his sexual inclinations did not prevent him from being ordained in 1971.

“They should have helped me… They...

In France, Jean-Pierre Pont, a member of parliament from the Republican March (LREM) movement, which was founded by President Emmanuel Macron, described the strikes against pension reform as a terrorist act.

Pont, a ruling LREM deputy, announced to the media about strikes launched against pension reform that paralyzed life.

"It is completely illegal to take France prisoners, and it is an act of terrorism," Pont said. commented.

Strikes against pension reform have been...

A retired French surgeon may have raped or sexually abused as many as 349 children over the 30 years of his career, a prosecutor investigating the case said Friday.

This could be France's biggest-ever paedophilia case.

Joel Le Scouarnec, 68, is planned on trial in March for the rape and sexual abuse of four child victims.

The allegations against him three decades he practised in hospitals across central and western France.

Accusations include the rape a six-year-...

A female traveler from Cameroon complained that Air France was "subjected to racial discrimination and inhuman treatment".

Cameroonian female passenger of the French National Airline Air France'African passengers' ill-treatment' reportedly complained on the grounds.

According to national press reports, Gisele Kamanou Goune, who returned to his country for vacation from the United States where he was teaching, went to the International Yaounde Nsimalen Airport police station and...

The French National Assembly approved the draft law, which regarded anti-Zionism as equivalent to antisemitism.

French National Assemblyin the voting, anti-zionismn Anti-Semitismand without any sanction, the bill was accepted with 72 'no' vote and 154 'yes' vote.

The bill was based on the International Holocaust Memorial Alliance's definition of anti-Semitism.

In an open letter published in the newspaper Le Monde, 127 Jewish academics from France, Israel and many...

A French nun was forced to turn down a place in a state retirement home because she was told she would have to stop wearing her religious habit and headscarf.

The case has reopened the row over secularism in France just weeks after a Muslim woman was asked to remove her headscarf while accompanying a school outing.

The nun, who is in her 70s and has spent her entire adult life in a convent, wanted to retire to Vesoul in eastern France, where she was born, and applied for a self...

It turns out that a surgeon in France has harassed and raped hundreds of children for thirty years. While some cases of harassment were made while patients were under the influence of anesthesia, the incident was referred to as the 'biggest pedophilia scandal in France'.

The 68-year-old Gastroenterology surgeon, Joel Le Scouarnec, from the Jonzac region of France, has harassed and raped more than 250 children since he started his career.

It was determined that most of the abuse...

Islamophobic tags were found Sunday, November 17 on the walls of a Muslim prayer room Gap, whose leader received a letter of threatening claims.

The head of the Muslim and Cultural Association of Gap (AMCG) discovered November 17 on the walls of his prayer room a series of inscriptions Islamophobic, announced Monday the Prefecture of Hautes-Alpes and the floor.

In addition, the head of the prayer room "gave the police a letter to the head of the" Free Party of France "...

A French appeal court has rejected a charge of "complicity in crimes against humanity" brought against cement maker Lafarge over its operations in Syria.

The firm has been accused of making payments totalling £11.2 million (Dh56 million) to rebel groups, including ISIS, to keep a factory in Syria open until late 2014.

It is believed to have been the first time a firm had been charged with complicity in crimes against humanity.

Lafarge, part of Lafarge Holcim, still faces...

Around 600 French police took part in the evacuation which began in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Between 1,500 to 3,000 migrants, including 250 women and children, had been living in the camps that had sprung up alongside major roads, underneath motorway flyovers and bridges around the Porte de la Chapelle area of northern Paris.

The camps were also adjacent to a notorious Paris spot known as "crack hill", where drug dealers congregate and sell cheap crack cocaine to...

A poll released in France on Wednesday says some 42 percent of Muslims in France have faced discrimination at least once in their life due to their religion.

The poll, conducted by Ifop and the Fondation Jean-Jaurès, reveals that those aged between 30 and 40 are more often victims.

Some 60 percent of women who wear a veil also say they have been discriminated against at least once.

Kaynak: Euobserver

The French Senate approved a bill Tuesday proposed by the mainstream right that would oblige women wearing headscarves to remove them when accompanying school outings.

The issue has been in the news in recent weeks since a far-right politician objected to a mother wearing a headscarf who was accompanying a school trip to a regional assembly meeting. The move came a day after two elderly men were seriously injured in a shooting attack at a mosque in the southern city of Bayonne. A...

Police in Paris have detained a man who stood up and started shouting “Allahu akbar!” during a screening of the film "Joker," sending moviegoers into a panic, witnesses say.

The 34-year-old individual, who has not yet been identified, is now being observed in the psychiatric ward of police headquarters following the incident Sunday night at the massive Grand Rex theater, according to Le Parisien.

A witness told the newspaper that during the middle of the film, the man first...

An 84-year-old former candidate for France's ultra-right party shot and wounded two men in their seventies Monday as he attacked a mosque, prompting the government to express "solidarity" with Muslims hours after railing against Islamic "separatism".

The octogenarian attacked the mosque as two men were preparing it for afternoon prayers, Bayonne mayor Jean-Rene Etchegaray told AFP at the scene.

The man "approached the building by car and threw an incendiary device against the...

During the French occupation of Algeria, Frantz Fanon wrote about France’s gendered approach to maintaining its colonial grip: “If we want to destroy the structure of Algerian society, its capacity for resistance, we must first of all conquer the women; we must go and find them behind the veil where they hide themselves and in the houses where the men keep them out of sight.”

This approach, it seems, is far from a thing of the past for the French state and society.

Indeed, once...