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November 14, 2018, 7:53 PM EST
As France marked the third anniversary of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, an international nonprofit organization launched a guide to help teachers, social workers and others to detect early warning signs of potential Islamic radicalization among young people.
November 7, 2018, 7:33 PM EST
French President Emmanuel Macron has raised eyebrows – and not a little criticism at home – with comments about the need for a “European army” to help the European Union face potential threats, including those that would arise as a result of U.S. policy shifts.
October 31, 2018, 7:50 PM EDT
The French government is pondering its response to a decision by a key U.N. human rights body condemning a 2010 law banning the wearing in public of the face-concealing Islamic garb known as the niqab, although it seems unlikely to change policy based on a non-binding opinion.
October 24, 2018, 7:21 PM EDT
A spat between the French and Italian interior ministers this week reflects the differing approaches among European governments as authorities grapple with how to manage immigration, both from outside the European Union and within its external borders.
October 16, 2018, 10:22 PM EDT
France is still awaiting explanations from Iran about a foiled plot to bomb a dissidents’ rally near Paris over the summer, but maintains that staying in the nuclear deal with Tehran is the best option available to Europe, according to French President Emmanuel Macron.
October 10, 2018, 7:31 PM EDT
Ahead of next year’s European Parliament elections, the leaders of far-right parties in France and Italy met in Rome this week to strategize, and predicted strong showings against traditional parties.
October 4, 2018, 5:07 PM EDT
In a week that saw the French government act against Iranians suspected of involvement in a foiled bomb plot, police also raised a pro-Iranian Shi’ite center in the north of the country, accusing some of its officials of illegal possession of firearms.
September 27, 2018, 5:25 AM EDT
European countries reached an agreement this week allowing 58 illegal migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by the crew of a controversial ship operated by two non-governmental organizations to land in Malta, before being resettled in France, Germany, Spain and Portugal.
September 19, 2018, 8:32 PM EDT
Tariq Ramadan speaks on ‘the rise of Islamophobia,’ at the Carter Center in September 2017. (Screen capture:
September 12, 2018, 8:34 PM EDT
A new report on Islam in France is stoking debate between those who believe its proposals will help counter the spread of radical thought, and those concerned that they would work against attempts to assimilate Muslims into French society.
September 6, 2018, 9:48 PM EDT
France has become the latest country to ban the use of cellphones – and other devices that connect to the Internet – at schools, as authorities around the world grapple with advantages and downsides of children’s’ technology use.
August 30, 2018, 9:02 PM EDT
Laying out a vision for the year ahead, the president and foreign minister of France this week both tackled questions of how France, and Europe, moves forward at a time when President Trump is shaking up international affairs.
August 23, 2018, 7:33 PM EDT
(Photo: Paris ( – Days after news broke that French oil and gas giant Total is pulling out of a multibillion dollar deal in Iran due to the threat of U.S. sanctions, the French government has made no public comment on the issue.
August 15, 2018, 2:23 AM EDT
The government of Malta has relented and agreed to allow a vessel carrying scores of migrants rescued near the Libyan coast to dock, the latest of a series of controversies surrounding non-governmental organizations’ ships operating in the waters between Africa and Europe.
August 9, 2018, 7:56 PM EDT
French women have long complained about sexual harassment and suggestive or vulgar comments in the workplace or on the street, and now have a new law designed to tackle the problem.
August 3, 2018, 1:09 AM EDT
France’s parliament has adopted an immigration bill that has drawn opposition from critics on all sides, with Republicans arguing it doesn’t go far enough and the left-wing and rights groups calling it too harsh.
July 25, 2018, 7:09 PM EDT
The arrest by French anti-terrorist police forces of a man and two women has lifted the lid on an alleged conspiracy to target Muslims – both specific individuals who have stoked controversy but also randomly chosen adherents of a religion accounting for about nine percent of the country’s population.
July 17, 2018, 11:26 PM EDT
French authorities are preparing to release around 20 terrorists who have served prison terms, the first of some 450 individuals convicted of various terror-related offenses who are set to walk free by the end of next year.
July 11, 2018, 1:08 AM EDT
In another major blow to the regime in Tehran, the world’s third biggest container line has signaled it is leaving Iran to avoid falling foul of sanctions being reimposed by the Trump administration after its withdrawal from the nuclear deal.
July 1, 2018, 8:35 PM EDT
Addressing an Iranian opposition group’s rally in Paris on Saturday, two close political allies of President Trump pointed to the collapse of the Soviet Union in predicting the downfall of the Islamic regime in Tehran.