Keyword: French

Michel Platini withdraws candidacy for FIFA presidency

Former French football star and UEFA boss, already suspended from football for 8 years, has formally thrown in FIFA presidential towel.

French telecoms operators Orange, Bouygues in tie-up talks

The companies, two of the four current players in the market, said talks are taking place on Orange buying Bouygues's telecoms arm.

Famous French singer Michel Delpech dies

French president François Hollande led tributes to 69-year-old music star whose songs reflected the mood of the 1960s and 1970s in France.

Nine out of 10 French support stripping dual nationals of citizenship

Some 86% of public back constitutional change to allow French citizenship to be taken from bi-nationals if convicted of terrorist offences.

French Muslims who swap 'heathen' France for Egypt

By Adama Sissoko
One of the French Muslim families who have moved to Cairo. © Adama Sissoko One of the French Muslim families who have moved to Cairo. © Adama Sissoko

They are French, Muslim and living in Egypt. Several hundred Salafists from France have chosen to live in this “Islamic land” because they no longer wish to stay in their country of origin, a “land of disbelievers” or heathens where they feel it has become impossible to practice their religion as they wish. They are not jihadists and have come to Egypt in search of their Islamic identity. Yet for many this is proving harder than they thought. Adama Sissoko reports.

France's Socialists split over plan to strip terrorists of nationality

Members of ruling party want key committee to rule that President Hollande and Prime Minister Valls's idea is against its principles.

France warns of jihadist kidnap threats in Burkina Faso park

The UNESCO World Heritage park, which attracts thousands of tourists, is being targeted by Malian jihadists say French officials.

President Hollande calls on French to display national flags

France's head of state will lead a ceremony during a day of mourning on Friday for the 130 people killed by jihadists on 13 November 13th.

France launches fresh strikes on Islamic State

Attacks come as US defence secretary urges European allies to join forces to defeat IS and French police raid 128 addresses overnight.

Marine Le Pen refuses TV debate after bias row

TV channel forced to cancel its high-profile programme when head of France's far-right Front National pulled out at last minute.

Legal battle over Muslims' access to pork-free school lunches in France

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With the support of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, a right-wing mayor in eastern France is stopping the provision of alternative meals for Muslim pupils in his town's school canteens when pork is on the menu. Mediapart's Michaël Hajdenberg was in court to hear an attempt by a Muslim organisation to get this controversial decision stopped.

France struggles to deport rejected asylum claims, says auditor

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

French fighters bomb Islamic State training camp in Syria

French defence minister said Rafale jets hit a training camp near northern town of Raqqa in a second attack on IS targets inside Syria.

Journalists take new French spy law to European human rights court

French legal press association says that it will ask court to strike down the sweeping powers the law gives to intelligence agencies.

Centrists force Sarkozy to ditch ally over 'white race' France comments

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A leading candidate from the right-wing Les Républicains (LR) party looks set to be de-selected from December's regional elections after she described France as a “white race” country. However, party boss Nicolas Sarkozy only ditched loyalist Nadine Morano after days of public controversy and mounting pressure from the party's centrist allies. As Ellen Salvi reports, the episode highlights the divide between the views of the LR leadership and those of grassroots members.