Islamic State

Outrage as Marine Le Pen posts Islamic State victims' photos on Twitter

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PM Manuel Valls denounced 'monstrous' picture of beheaded man which far-right leader posted after academic likened Front National to IS.

French teacher confesses to inventing school knife attack

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The teacher, 45, at an infants' school in Paris suburb earlier claimed he was attacked Monday by a man shouting support for Islamic State group.

France warns of Islamic State attempt to grab Libyan oil fields

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French defence minister said the jihadist group, which controls a stretch of the Libyan coast, were 'starting to penetrate' inland for oil wells and reserves.

Teacher in France stabbed in class by man shouting 'Islamic State'

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Attacker who stabbed teacher in classroom at school in Paris suburb with scissors or a box cutter also yelled 'it's a warning' before fleeing.

France envisages attacks on Islamic State group in Libya

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French PM Manuel Valls called on Friday for international efforts to crush the jihadist group to extend beyond Iraq and Syria to Libya.

Hollande visits French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle off Syria

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The French president met with personnel aboard the French navy flagship, the spearhead for French airstrikes on Islamic State group in Syria.

France reveals flights over Islamic State positions in Libya

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French air force planes carried out two reconnaissance flights around the towns of Sirte and Tobruk late November, presidential office reports.

Paris trial of Islamic State group recruiter

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Tried in absentia, Salim Benghalem, 35, and six other defendents are accused of belonging to a terror network that led French recruitment for IS.

French government closely watching UK parliament vote on Syria airstrikes

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As MPs debate joining attacks on Islamic State group in Syria, France regards a 'yes' vote as being of high military and diplomatic importance. 

Two French nationals stopped on way to Islamic State in Libya

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Official at the Paris prosecutor's office said the two men, aged 19 and 20, were arrested near Tunisia's southern border with Libya.

France's soul-searching over why it became a terror target

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Was France attacked on November 13th because of what it is – or what it does? The debate over whether the country's perceived status as a beacon for individual and social freedom or its foreign policy in the Middle East was the main factor behind the attacks by Islamic State is dominating social media and private conversations as well as public discourse. However, Joseph Confavreux argues that rather than simply trying to put itself in the minds of the terrorists, French society should focus on the wider impact for the country and the political responses that are now needed.

France and Russia agree to closer anti-Islamic State collaboration

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After Moscow meeting, President Hollande said he and Vladimir Putin agreed to 'increase information and intelligence exchange, intensify airstrikes'.

France's Hollande heads to Russia hoping for Syria breakthrough

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French president will meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin as part of push for international cooperation against Islamic State following Paris attacks.

France's U-turn over Syria

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In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, President François Hollande has carried out a 180 degree U-turn on French policy towards the Syria crisis. Previously the French stance was that neither Islamic State nor current leader Bashar al-Asad was acceptable in Syria. Now the approach is an all-out focus on destroying IS. On Thursday November 26th, Hollande will meet Assad's ally, Russian leader Vladimir Putin, in Moscow to help build an alliance to destroy the organisation. But, Thomas Cantaloube argues, apart from air strikes, there seems little real strategy to restore peace to Syria and find a political solution.

Jets launch attacks on Islamic State positions from French carrier

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Two raids against IS targets in Syria and Iraq were launched from the Charles de Gaulle which arrived in the eastern Mediterranean on Monday.