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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...

he French cement maker Lafarge's dealings with terror groups including Daesh and the People's Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, have been not been secret since company officials were charged but not sentenced over their payments and engagement with terror groups. Turkey's ongoing anti-terror operation in northeastern Syria have once again revealed the security threats which arise when terror groups usurp infrastructure and manufacturing facilities.

In a speech at...

The University of Cergy-Pontoise (Paris region) aroused the excitement, after an internal questionnaire, questioning the practice of Muslim students and for the fight against terrorism was made public on social networks.

The establishment apologized in a statement, and was forced to remove the questionnaire from circulation.

The incriminated document raises various questions related to the religious practice of Muslim students.

Among the topics addressed in the internal...

Julien Odoul, a member of France’s National Rally (RN) is at the center of a controversy after asking a Muslim woman to remove her viel at a plenary meeting of the Regional Council of Burgundy Franche Comte on Friday, October 11.

The Muslim woman was accompanying her son and his class on a school trip to explore the mission of the “democratic assembly.”

Odoul and his colleagues asked Marie Guite Dufay, the President of the Regional Council, to have the woman either remove her...

Turkısh Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday accused Emmanuel Macron of overstepping his bounds after the French leader denounced the erosion of the rule of law under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

EU leaders have repeatedly expressed concern over the gradual breakdown of the rule of law in Turkey after a failed coup in 2016 prompted a brutal crackdown on dissent. Mr Macron criticised the Erdogan’s government’s human rights record during a speech to the Council of Europe,...

According to the story reported by Agence France Press, a mother gave her child the name “Jihad”. But french courts refuse and consider the first name “harmful to the child”.

Public prosecutor’s office in Dijon, in french department of the Golden-coast, cancelled this Friday, 27 September  2019, the first name “Jihad” given to a child. A year ago, a mother gave her child that name. The French courts have invalidated the first name and consider that “Jihad” has a “pejorative meaning...

A Paris court ruled that the woman who launched the French version of the #MeToo movement must pay 20,000 euros ($22,000) for defaming the man she accused of harassment.

French journalist Sandra Muller said she fears the message of the decision is “be quiet.”

Muller launched #balancetonporc, which roughly translates as “squeal on your pig, “at the height of the global movement against sexual misconduct in October 2017 when she tweeted that former TV channel executive Eric Brion...

Europol, the European police agency, issued a “Strategic Report” earlier Tuesday, saying that right-wing violence is on the rise in many EU states. The confidential report, cited by German media, says that the extremist groups seek to boost their “combat skills” by recruiting military and police members. The report noted that extremist groups are getting “increasingly popular among younger and better educated demographics.”

EU police agency Europol warned of growing far-right violence...

A student mother and CIPF activist poses in front of a school in Pantin, to denounce the problem of the veil during school trips.

The new campaign of the Federation of Parents' Councils (CIPF), defending the right for veiled women to go on school trips, is a "mistake" for
the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer. A statement that angered the first federation of parents of students.

On the occasion of the elections of parents' representatives, CIPF...