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France grants asylum to family forced into hiding after fleeing Syria

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Campaign in Béziers in southern France to allow Al Elfi family to stay succeeded after a decision to expel them was overturned.

France struggles to deport rejected asylum claims, says auditor

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Watchdog says France spends too much money on asylum seekers, too few failed applicants are being deported and the process is too long.

Hollande and Merkel call for swift EU reform of asylum system

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The French and German leaders, addressing the European Parliament, said current rules are obsolete and that a united EU stand must be adopted.

Julian Assange says 'François Hollande stabbed me in the back'

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WikiLeaks editor said French president 'gave encouraging signs' over his request for asylum in July, and questioned why it was finally rejected.

Tensions mount as French mayors prepare reception of refugees

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In face of the massive arrivals of refugees in Europe, and notably the huge recent influx into Germany, France has agreed to accept an extra 24,000 asylum seekers over the next two years. The initial organisation of accommodating the refugees is to be mapped out at a meeting this weekend between the interior minister and French mayors who have volunteered to provide assistance. But, as Feriel Alouti and Michaël Hajdenberg report, the crisis highlights the already thoroughly inadequate previsions for asylum seekers, while tensions, fuelled by some mayors opposed to the scheme, are already brewing among some local populations.

First refugees arrive in France after pledge to welcome 24,000

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The families were the first of up to 1,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq expected to be given asylum in France this week.

The lonely plight of Syrian migrants in Paris

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As the bloody civil war in their country continues, families fleeing Syria have set up a makeshift camp at Saint-Ouen in the north of Paris. Many of them feel trapped, unsure how to complete their arduous journey towards a safe haven, uncertain about whether to claim asylum in France or move on to another European country. The authorities, meanwhile, do the bare minimum to help this small group of Syrians, apparently hoping that they will simply move on elsewhere. Mediapart's Carine Fouteau went to meet the inhabitants of this mini-camp who are living next to the French capital's main ring road.

President Hollande rejects French asylum for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

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In an open letter to the French president on Friday the founder of WikiLeaks, Julain Assange, made an apparent appeal for political asylum in France. Assange, whose whistleblowing organisation was behind the recent revelations published by Mediapart and Libération about US spying on French heads of state, said that he faced “political persecution” and that his life was “in danger”. However, within an hour of the publication of the open letter President Hollande's office issued a brusque statement rejecting asylum for Assange, who has spent three years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to escape extradition to Sweden. As Lénaïg Bredoux, Jérôme Hourdeaux and Mathieu Magnaudeix report, the episode quickly stirred up a row and will inevitably reignite the debate about how far France should be prepared to go in welcoming whistleblowers such as Assange and the former National Security Agency (NSA) employee Edward Snowden.

Julian Assange case: France rejects asylum plea

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President Hollande's office said it had denied request by WikiLeaks founder because his 'situation ... does not present any immediate danger'.

France could offer asylum to whistleblowers Snowden and Assange, says minister

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France's justice minister Christiane Taubira said she 'wouldn't be surprised' if WikiLeaks founder and NSA whistleblower were granted asylum.

France to create 11,000 places for refugees and asylum seekers

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Ministers also plan to cut time required to handle asylum requests to nine months as number of people living in illegal migrant camps swells.

EU wants France to take in 9,000 asylum seekers

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Number is France's proposed 'share' of 40,000 asylum-seekers already in Italy and Greece plus 20,000 refugees currently outside Europe.

European rights tsar slams France over 'rising' discrimination

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The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, on Tuesday released a report entitled ‘France: persistent discrimination endangers human rights’. The Latvian appears largely unimpressed with what he saw during a fact-finding mission to France last October, and denounces increasing anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim acts and racism in general, homophobia, a rise in "hate speech", the poor treatment of asylum seekers and the “social exclusion and marginalisation of persons with disabilities”. Carine Fouteau reports on the Commissioner’s conclusions.

France ready to grant asylum for Iraq’s Christians

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Paris says it is 'outraged' by recent ultimatum for Mosul's Christians to convert to Islam or face death, and will give refuge to those affected.

French parties call for Snowden political asylum

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Leaders from across political spectrum say whistleblower should be given refuge in France as president calls for US spying to stop 'immediately'..