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A French journalist who infiltrated the country’s police force has described a culture of racism and violence in which officers act with impunity.

Valentin Gendrot claims the violence was so frequent it became almost banal and describes one incident where he was forced to help falsify evidence against an adolescent who had been beaten by an officer.

“It really shocked me to hear police officers, who are representatives of the state, calling people who were black, Arab or...

The French satirical paper whose Paris offices were attacked in 2015 is reprinting the caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad that the gunmen who opened fire on its editorial staff cited as their motivation.

The move was announced on Tuesday, a day before 13 men and a woman accused of providing the attackers with weapons and logistics go on trial on charges of terrorism on Wednesday.

In an editorial this week accompanying the caricatures, the paper said the drawings "belong to...

France's interior minister on Thursday condemned on Thursday an arson attempt at a mosque in the French city of Lyon.

Gerald Darmanin denounced in a tweet “anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian acts” as “stupid and heinous," less than a week after another fire damaged a mosque in a Lyon suburb.

Pierre Oliver, mayor of Lyon’s 2nd district, said on French news broadcaster BFM TV the fire appears to be “of criminal origin” but there were no casualties. Firefighters quickly...

Aswastika and graffiti were daubed overnight on a mosque in the town of Agen, southwestern France, the interior minister said Sunday, denouncing what he called an "odious" act.

Gerald Darmanin expressed his "support for the Muslims of Agen" in a tweet in which he described the vandalism as "contrary to the values of the Republic."

Messaoud Settati, president of the town's Islamic association, said he was alerted to the desecration at around 2 a.m.

The mosque had handed...

French archeologists have been conducting secret excavations in Syria's Deir Ez-Zor province, which is occupied by YPG/PKK terrorist group, according to local sources.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, the sources said the excavation work was taking place in the ancient archeology site of Dur-Katlimmu, known as Tell Sheikh Hamad.

At least 10 French archaeologists and experts are currently involved in excavation activities, which started from the beginning of the year, the sources...

The Strasbourg-based court ruled that authorities “had failed in their duties” with regard to the three asylum-seekers, finding France responsible for the conditions in which the three men – an Afghan, a Russian and an Iranian aged 27, 33, and 46, respectively – “had been living for several months: sleeping rough, without access to sanitary facilities, having no means of subsistence and constantly in fear of being attacked or robbed”.

The court ruled “the applicants had thus been...

Angry doctors and nurses faced off with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, demanding better pay and reform of a once-renowned public health system that found itself quickly overwhelmed by tens of thousands of coronavirus patients.

“We are desperate. We no longer believe in you,” said a nurse who confronted Macron at the leading Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris, adding that she was using a long-expired surgical mask. “We are the shame of Europe.”

“That’s not true,”...

French lawmaker Eric Ciotti expressed his anger by stating that the Covid-19 patients who were staying in health-supported elderly care homes EHPADs were “left to die”.

“Most of the Covid-19 patients in the elderly nursing homes were not admitted to hospitals, these people who needed treatment were left to die,” Ciotti, a member of the opposition party “Les Republicains”, said in an interview with French Radio J.

Emphasizing that it is the biggest scandal of the health crisis,...

According to the magazine L’express, the burden two European countries, people are most impressed COVID-19, ordered from a large Swedish company specializing in the production of disposable products. Goods were in transit through France when it confiscated: over a couple of days before President Emmanuel macron has signed a decree allowing the government to requisition all needed to combat the epidemic. The General Secretariat for defence and national security, an Advisory body to the Prime...

Domestic violence has jumped over 30% in a week in France since the country went in lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Interior Ministry has said.

This worrying consequence of the lockdown introduced by the French government on March 17 was reported by Interior Minister Christophe Castaner during a TV interview on Thursday.

Reports of domestic violence, he said, have increased 32% in the"gendarmerie zone" in the French regions and 36% in Paris.

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French homeless organisations on Friday accused police of issuing fines to rough sleepers for failing to comply with self-isolation requirements under the strict social lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Without providing numbers, they said fines have been issued to homeless people in the French capital Paris, in Lyon in the east and Bayonne in the southwest. "We request that clear instructions be given... so that these sanctions cease immediately," Florent Gueguen, head...

Kahina Bahloul, the founder of the Fatima Mosque, was born to a Muslim Algerian father and a French mother with Christian and Jewish backgrounds and grew up in Algeria where she studied law before moving back to France where she earned her doctorate in Islamic Studies from the École Pratique des Hautes Études.

According to Bahloul, the main premise of her mosque that she named after prophet Mohammad's daughter, is to be an example of liberal Islam.

At the Fatima mosque, men and...

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he would curb the practice of foreign countries sending imams and teachers to France to crack down on what he called the risk of “separatism.

Macron has so far stayed away from issues related to France’s Muslim community, the biggest in Europe, focusing instead on economic reforms.

In a much-anticipated intervention less than a month before mayoral elections, Macron said he would gradually put an end to the system in which...

The entire board of the Cesar Academy, which awards France's equivalent of the Oscars, resigned Thursday just two weeks ahead of its gala ceremony after more than 200 actors, producers, directors and movie personalities demanded "profound reform".

The academy had come under fire after Roman Polanski's new film "An Officer and a Spy" topped the list of nominations for this year's Cesar awards, which will be handed out on February 28.

Polanski has been wanted in the US for the...

A new study commissioned by the French government has "named and shamed" seven multinational companies, including hotel giant Accor and vehicle manufacturer Renault, for racial discrimination in employment.

The study found that candidates with Arabic-sounding names received on average 25% fewer responses to job applications than their competitors with French names.

But the seven companies — Air France, Accor, Altran, Arkéma, Renault, Rexel et Sopra Steria — say the methodology...