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Muslim and Jewish students in the small French town of Beaucarie will no longer be able to request pork-free school meals, according to a new rule passed by the town's far-right mayor. 

The town, ruled by the far-right nationalist party the National Front, has banned pork-free meals from school menus in a move widely seen as discriminatory against Muslim and Jewish students. The town, ruled by the far-right nationalist party the National Front, has banned pork-free meals from school...

More than 220,000 women were sexually harassed on public transport in France over two years, the national crime statistics agency said in its first report on the subject, describing it as a “conservative estimate”.

The Harvey Weinstein scandal in the United States has accelerated a rethink of attitudes toward sexual harassment in France, a country that cherishes its self-image as the land of seduction and romance.

“Although the public mostly focuses on domestic violence, sexual...

A French court on Saturday issued orders to close down a mosque in Marseille city in southern France for allegedly "encouraging radicalism and violence". An administrative court in Marseille acted on a petition by Governor Pierre Dartout who asked the As-Sunna Mosque to be closed for six months.

The court ruled that the religious official of the mosque "encouraged radical ideology, discrimination, and violence." So far, at least 19 mosques have been closed across France since a state...

Residents in one Paris suburb have threatened to go on hunger strike unless President Macron deals with the African migrants ‘living in squalor’ outside their homes, with women being reportedly being harassed. Locals in the 10th and 19th arrondissements have written to Macron to demand that a migrant centre in the district, one of the largest in the country, be closed down as it has led to over 40,000 people living on the surrounding streets over the last two years in an attempt to get an...

A French court has ordered a halal grocery store in Paris to shut down because it did not sell pork and alcohol, and failed to cater for the needs of the customers. The Court of Nanterre ruled on Monday that the “Good Price” mini-market in Colombes failed to comply with the conditions of its lease, according to which the grocery must act as a "general food store,” La Liberation reported.

The court ordered the termination of the store's lease and the eviction of the tenants. In...

Emmanuel Macron's visit to Africa has been tainted not only by attacks and protest on his first stop in Burkina Faso. The president of the African nation apparently wasn't so much into French humor either, leaving the room during Macron's speech at a local university. Meeting with the students of the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso on Tuesday, the French leader reiterated his position that France’s paternalistic approach to the African countries should be ended. The tradition of...

On the inauguration day of the 33rd “Restos du Coeur” winter campaign, the president of the republic was firm on the question of his policy of right of asylum. Speaking to the woman who was trying to claim French papers, Macron took his time to explain to her that France cannot hand out citizenship to anyone who asks. “I can not lie to you: In France, we will protect all people who are in the asylum and who are not safe in their country. But we can not accommodate everyone who comes with...

Muslims in the northern multiethnic Parisian suburb of Clichy-la-Garenne will not be permitted to pray on the streets, the French interior minister said. "They [Muslims] will not have prayers on the street, we will prevent street praying," Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told Questions Politics on Sunday.

Muslims have held Friday prayers on the streets since March when a local mosque in a government building was shut down and turned into a library. French authorities are accused by...

France is to consider a change to its laws around sexual consent, according to the minister for gender equality. Marlene Schiappa said the government was considering setting a fixed age below which sex was automatically a serious offence. It comes after two cases where men were acquitted of raping two 11 year old girls.

In France the age of consent is 15, but prosecutors still have to prove sex was non-consensual to prove rape. In an interview with French television programme BFM...

Police violence towards refugees in Calais has intensified to “excessive and life-threatening” levels, according to a new report, and the overall situation for unaccompanied minors has deteriorated markedly, a year after the refugee camp there was razed. The report by the Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP) says French police tactics against the estimated 700 refugees at the port are alleged to have included driving unaccompanied girls to remote spots and abandoning them. Researchers used...

A couple is being investigated in France after calling their son “Jihad”. The boy was born at the beginning of August in the city of Toulouse. The registrar responsible for recording the birth certificate then passed the information onto local prosecutors.

French law allows parents freedom to choose any name which is not considered harmful to their child or infringing the rights of third parties. The prosecutor can now pass the case onto a judge to decide whether to order the parents...

Critics have taken to the internet to condemn the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, over a front-page cartoon linking Islam to a recent deadly attack in Spain, saying it risked fanning Islamophobia. The latest edition of the magazine, which was attacked by gunmen in 2015, shows two people lying in a pool of blood having been run over by a van next to the words: "Islam, eternal religion of peace". A dozen fighters of Moroccan origin are believed to have plotted last week's attacks in...

French police moved out around 2,000 migrants from a makeshift camp in an area north of Paris on Friday, the 35th evacuation operation in two years in the capital. A similar roundup of the mostly Afghan and African migrants around the Porte de la Chapelle area in July saw 2,800 moved from the streets into temporary accommodation.

The new centrist government under President Emmanuel Macron has promised improved procedures and new resources for genuine asylum seekers, but has warned it...

French authorities on Wednesday set up portable toilets and water taps on a road near the northern port of Calais after losing a challenge to a court order to provide sanitation for migrants. Ten portable toilets and a bank of five taps were installed outside a centre run by the charity Secours Catholique a few kilometres (miles) from the centre of the northern port.

Between 450 and 700 migrants are thought to be sleeping rough in the region. Local authorities said more sanitation...

A Muslim woman wearing a burkini who went to a community pool in Marseille, France was told to leave the pool and pay fees to clean the facilities, reports said Monday. The woman, identified as Fadila, reportedly went to the pool with her family on July 21. While she was swimming, pool officials told everyone to leave it and asked Fadila's husband to stop his wife from swimming, claiming that her swimsuit was not hygienic. The official also told the Muslim family that they will have to pay €...