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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 €...

The local government of Calais has rejected a court ruling to provide better facilities for migrants, arguing it will only encourage more asylum seekers to flock there in the hope of crossing into the UK. Local judges upheld the decision made by another court in Lille last month, ordering officials to set up drinking fountains, toilets and showers for migrants. According to the court, migrants are living in “a state of deprivation and exhaustion” and are subjected to “inhuman and degrading...

EasyJet is "urgently" seeking answers from Nice Airport after a man holding a baby was allegedly punched by a member of staff as he endured a more than 13-hour wait to board a flight to London. A spokesman said the airline was "very concerned" after a picture of the incident, taken by fellow passenger Arabella Arkwright, was circulated online.

Mrs Arkwright was returning home to Warwickshire with her husband Johnnie and their children when the altercation took place. She said their...

A human rights group on Wednesday slammed French police in the northern port of Calais for “routinely” using pepper spray on both underage and adult migrants. The report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) also accused the French authorities of turning “a blind eye to the widespread reports of the abuse”.

Calais was the main transit point for migrants and refugees trying to reach the U.K. until the French authorities dismantled the so-called Jungle camp in October 2016, once home to up to 7...

When a journalist from the Ivory Coast asked the newly-elected leader why there was no Marshall Plan for Africa, the billions of dollars in economic aid the United States poured into destroyed European countries after World War II, Macron responded with a three-minute soliloquy. “The challenge of Africa is completely different, it is much deeper. It is civilizational today,” Macron stated, according to media reports. “Failing states, complex democratic transitions, the demographic transition...

Eight people have been injured, including a seven-year-old girl, after gunmen opened fire outside a mosque in southeast France. The shooting, which was not being treated as terrorism, took place in Avignon, Provence, at about 10.30pm on Sunday night. Worshippers were leaving the Arrahma mosque when at least two "hooded men" pulled up in a Renault Clio.

Police said the crowd fled in panic when the gunmen, armed with a handgun and a shotgun, started shooting. Four people were injured...

French police arrested a man who attempted to drive a car into a group of people in front of a mosque in Créteil, a suburb of Paris. Witnesses saw the man try and fail to drive over roadside barriers to reach the area directly in front of the mosque on Thursday evening. He did not injure anyone with the vehicle and fled the scene after hitting a median, according to a statement from French police.

The statement said police apprehended the man at his home and will determine the suspect...

French Open tournament organizers have revoked the credential for 21-year-old French tennis player Maxime Hamou after his on-camera harassment — or “inappropriate behavior,” as French Open organizers described it — of Eurosport reporter Maly Thomas.

On Monday afternoon, Thomas approached Hamou for a live Eurosport interview after his first-round loss to Agentine Pablo Cuevas. Hamou was in a good mood despite his loss, presumably because despite being ranked Number 287 in the world,...

In the south-eastern French town of Orange, famous for its Roman theatre, a Muslim woman said she was the subject of discrimination by electoral officials during the second round of the French presidential vote on Sunday. The woman said she was forced to remove her headscarf as officials said she did not match her photo identification. She has now filed a complaint, L’Express reports.

The woman, Naima El Omar, told local radio: "The gentleman looked at me with an odd look, and said, "...

Child refugees in northern France are facing exploitation and violence on a daily basis​, including threats from adult men armed with knives and machetes, Unicef has warned.

An alarming report has revealed that unaccompanied minors who lived in the Grande-Synthe refugee camp in Dunkirk before it burnt down last week were “constantly fearful” of sexual abuse and attacks with weapons, and that no one – including the police – was there to care for them or to protect them.

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A huge fire, apparently started deliberately, tore through the Grande-Synthe migrant camp near the northern French city of Dunkirk late Monday, reducing it to "a heap of ashes", the regional chief said. Firefighters said at least 10 people had been injured in the blaze at the camp, which was home to some 1,500 people, mostly Iraqi Kurds, living in closely packed wooden huts. "There is nothing left but a heap of ashes," Michel Lalande, prefect of France's Nord region, told reporters at the...