France’s National Assembly approves law to tackle extremist religious practices

France’s National Assembly on Tuesday approved legislation designed mainly to counter a rise in Islamism in towns and cities which the government says threatens national unity. The legislation did not single out any particular religion, but it cracked down on practices such as forced marriage and virginity tests. It included tough measures against online apologists… Read More France’s National Assembly approves law to tackle extremist religious practices

French court sentences 2015 Thalys train attacker to life imprisonment

An Islamist militant who opened fire aboard a high-speed train travelling through northern Europe but was overpowered by three Americans before he killed anyone was sentenced to life in jail by a French court on Friday. Moroccan national Ayoub el Khazzani was heavily armed when he launched his attack moments after the Thalys train crossed… Read More French court sentences 2015 Thalys train attacker to life imprisonment

French court finds fourteen accomplices of 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks guilty

A French court found guilty on Wednesday 14 accomplices of the French Islamist militants behind the January 2015 attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and a Jewish supermarket in Paris. Among the 14 was Hayat Boumeddiene, former partner of Amedy Coulibaly who killed a policewoman and then four people in a Jewish supermarket. One… Read More French court finds fourteen accomplices of 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks guilty

Six arrested in connection with knife attack in French city of Nice

Two more men were arrested in connection with a knife attack that left three dead at a church in Nice, bringing the number of people in custody to six as investigators look at the suspected assailant’s last known contacts, a French police source said. The latest arrests took place on Saturday, the source said. An… Read More Six arrested in connection with knife attack in French city of Nice

Muslims in various nations protest against comments of French President Emmanuel Macron over cartoon row

Tens of thousands of Muslims protested in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Palestinian territories on Friday after killings in a French church prompted a vow from President Emmanuel Macron to stand firm against attacks on French values and freedom of belief. French Interior Minister Gerald Damarnin said France – home to Europe’s largest Muslim community and hit… Read More Muslims in various nations protest against comments of French President Emmanuel Macron over cartoon row

Woman beheaded, two others killed in terror attack at church in France

A knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday. A defiant President Emmanuel Macron, declaring that France had been subject to an Islamist terrorist attack, said he would deploy thousands more soldiers to protect important French… Read More Woman beheaded, two others killed in terror attack at church in France

French police raid suspected extremist associations, individuals following beheading incident

French police on Monday raided Islamic associations and foreigners suspected of extremist religious beliefs, police sources said, three days after a suspected Islamist beheaded a school teacher. History teacher Samuel Paty, 47, was murdered on Friday in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. Police shot… Read More French police raid suspected extremist associations, individuals following beheading incident

France set to expel 231 foreigners for extremism following beheading incident

France is preparing to expel 231 foreigners on a government watch list for suspected extremist religious beliefs, a police union source said on Sunday, two days after a Russian-born Islamist beheaded a teacher. The information was initially reported by Europe 1. France defines extremists as “people who, engaged in a process of radicalisation, are likely… Read More France set to expel 231 foreigners for extremism following beheading incident