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Two people including an imam were wounded as a gunman opened fire on June 27 outside a mosque in northwestern France, according to French media reports.

The incident occurred at around 4:00 pm (1400 GMT) in front of the Mosque Sunna de Brest in the port city of Brest in Brittany, the reports said. 

The imam identified as Rachid El Jay sustained injuries from four bullets while a worshipper was hit by two bullets, France 24 wrote, citing the French Council of the Muslim Faith (...

Following an announcement by a group to hold a second “burkini” protest at a pool in the French city of Grenoble, counter-protesters have called on locals to swim in the pool wearing nothing at all.

on June 23, a group of around a dozen women belonging to the Alliance Citoyenne (Citizens’ Alliance) protested at a pool that had banned the wearing of the Islamic sharia-compliant swimwear, with police being called soon after the group were told the burkini was against the rules of the...

The two public swimming pools in southeast France have shut down despite the current heatwave after a row over the use of full-body Islamic "burkini" swimsuits.

Seven burkini-clad women, accompanied by activists from the Alliance Citoyenne rights group, went to the Grenoble pools on Sunday demanding the right to bathe - despite a municipal ban on the swimwear worn by Muslim women. They said the ban was discrimination.

The women want the public pools, which currently require men...

Muslim women in France are disobeying the rules at a local swimming pool by wearing burkinis.

In a protest inspired by US civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, they bathed in suits covering their entire bodies - apart from the face, hands and feet - in the city of Grenoble on Sunday.

The Jean Bron swimming pool is among many in France that ban burkinis.

Many people in the country regard the swimsuit as a symbol of political Islam and incompatible with secularism.

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Five members of the group, who were "close in ideology to the neo-Nazi movement" were charged between September and May over the alleged plot, which was still "ill-defined", a source close to the investigation said. 

"The investigation suggested they were developing an ill-defined plot to carry out an attack, likely to target a place of worship," the judicial source said.

The investigation had been ongoing for several months, leading to the arrest of five people who were...

A French court has sentenced an imam to two years of jail for providing migrants with inflatable boats to reach Great Britain through the English Channel.

The man, a 39-year old political refugee from Iran, fainted as the criminal court announced on Monday his immediate incarceration. Another 29-year old Senegalese man who attended the Mosque where the imam preached was also sentenced to 18 months in prison.

The two were also banned from living in or visiting Nord and Pas-de-...

France's upper house of the parliament on May 16 adopted a bill that prohibits mothers from wearing headscarves while accompanying the students on school trips.

The bill was presented in the country's senate by the conservative Republican party. The bill was passed with 186 Yes and 100 No votes, while 159 senators abstained.

The bill has to be approved by the National Assembly -- lower house of the parliament -- for its entry into force.

Jacqueline Eustache-Brinio, a...

Glanz, a freelance video journalist covering social movements, was arrested while covering a demonstrations at Place de la République in Paris on Saturday.

Placed in custody for “insult to a representative of public authority” and “participation in a group with a view to causing violence and degradations”, Glanz remained in custody on Monday, awaiting referral to a court.

Police also arrested freelance journalist Alexis Kraland on Saturday but released him in the evening.

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Workers building a mosque in southwestern France found a pig's head and animal blood at the entrance of the site on Monday, the latest in a series of attacks on Muslim places of worship over the past decade.

Construction of the mosque in the small town of Bergerac -- known for its fine Bordeaux wines and for its association with literary figure Cyrano de Bergerac -- has been contested since it was first proposed in 2017 and finally approved in October 2018, despite widespread local...

The French state under Emmanuel Macron has been accused of “strengthening security and repression” not only to tackle terrorist threats but also to deal with anti-government gilets jaunes protesters and migrants.

In his 2018 annual report released on Tuesday, Jacques Toubon, the official rights defender or national ombudsman, complained of an unprecedented number of preventive arrests that appeared to be an extension of the anti-terror state of emergency imposed in 2015 and supposedly...

A French court has found top Catholic official Cardinal Philippe Barbarin guilty for failing to act on accusations against a paedophile priest.

In a surprise decision on Thursday in France’s most important church sexual abuse trial, the Lyon court handed Barbarin a six-month suspended prison sentence for not reporting the facts in the period between July 2014 and June 2015.

The Rev Bernard Preynat’s alleged victims said Barbarin and other church officials covered up for him for...

A memorial stone marking the site of a former synagogue destroyed by the Nazis has been vandalised in Strasbourg.

Officials said the heavy memorial stone was discovered moved from its base in the French city on Saturday morning.

Strasbourg mayor Roland Ries denounced the incident as “a new antisemitic act”.

French officials in the region said that antisemitism “undermines the values of the republic”.

The monument commemorates a synagogue built in 1898 that was set...

A major translation website was criticized on March 1 for offering up anti-Semitic, racist and sexist explanations of words. Users who typed "nicer" into Reverso looking for a French equivalent were offered the example: "Hitler was a lot nicer to the Jews than they deserved."

A search of "much nicer" produced the result "Dachau was much nicer than Auschwitz." The French-based service used by more than 45 million people a month threw up equally hateful results for the word "Jew." "...

A European court has ordered France to pay 15,000 euros ($A24,000) in compensation to an Afghan child who lived for about six months in the so-called “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais.

In February 2016, as French authorities moved to demolish the southern part of the informal camp, a court ordered the government to place the then 12-year-old in care. The order was never followed up on.

The child, who had been living in a hut in the southern part of the camp since September, ended...

The French sports store Decathlon has cancelled a plan to put a sports hijabon the market in France after several politicians, including one from Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party, called for a boycott.

The retailer’s plain, lightweight running headscarf, which covers the hair but not the face, is already on sale in Morocco and was to be extended to France and worldwide. But after a social media storm and outrage from some politicians against Muslim head coverings, the company...