French nationality

Petition supporting British man refused French nationality snowballs

International — Link

An online petition launched in December to urge the French authorities to review their rejection of the naturalisation application by a Brtish man who has lived 27 years in the country has gained more than 30,000 signatures.

Tariq Ramadan: profile of a Muslim bogeyman in France

France — Investigation

Every few years France gets swept up in a controversy over Tariq Ramadan. And since 1995 much of the French establishment has vilified and shunned this Muslim preacher, writer and academic, whom they suspect of advocating radical Islamism and sectarian views. Now the Swiss-born intellectual with Egyptian roots is seeking French nationality in a move that is likely to provoke yet another row. Mathieu Magnaudeix profiles a controversial figure who is almost impossible to classify.