Keyword: Manuel Valls

French comic Dieudonne 'must pay racism fines' - interior minister

Manuel Valls accuses controversial comedian of trying to bankrupt himself to avoid paying fines for racist abuse totalling tens of thousands of euros.

'Only' 1,067 vehicles set ablaze on New Year’s Eve in France

The number of cars torched in this unenviable end of year tradition fell more than 10 per cent this year, says French interior minister.

France calls on Britain to 'share' Calais immigrant 'burden'

Interior minister wants 'renegotiation' of the Anglo-French agreement which led to closure of notorious Sangatte refugee camp in 2002.

Why we need to march for equality and against racism


After earlier racist jibes aimed at justice minister Christiane Taubira, an extreme-right weekly news magazine has now published a front cover containing a racial slur against her. Here Mediapart's editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel attacks the growing tide of racism in France, arguing that the main casualty is the French Republic itself. He traces the immediate roots of its resurgence and calls for a protest march on December 3rd against racism - and for equality.

France's Hollande tells ministers to end Roma row

President orders interior minister and housing minister to end damaging public squabble over how to tackle issue of Roma people in France.

France's Hollande urged to act as Roma row splits govt

President has so far declined to get embroiled in dispute triggered by interior minister's claim that most Roma in France will never integrate.

Under fire French interior minister defends Roma attack

Manuel Valls says he stands by his views that few Roma could integrate into French society and a "majority" should be sent "back to the borders".

France fears backlash from militants fighting in Syria

Interior minister Manuel Valls says the 'hundreds' of homegrown Islamist militants fighting in Syria could pose a problem when they return home.

French minister defends decision to detain jeweller who shot robber dead

Interior minister Manuel Valls says justice must take its course after protests over detention of Stephan Turk, who killed a robber outside his shop.

France says it cannot act alone on Syria as U.S. hesitates

Interior Minister Manuel Valls says France will await the U.S. Congress's decision on military action in Syria before making any move itself.

French penal reform extends probation to ease jail crowding

Justice minister Christiane Taubira also plans to remove minimum sentence guidelines for repeat offenders, as opposition decry reforms as 'soft'.

French citizenship to become more accessible

Government to ease language skills requirements and streamline paperwork for granting citizenship to reverse fall in number of naturalisations.

French government pledges more police for crime-battered Marseille

Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced plans during a crisis visit triggered by another gangland killing linked to the city‘s drug trade.

French interior minister's immigration comments spark outrage

Manuel Valls is once again at the centre of controversy after calling France's immigration policy and its relationship to Islam into question.

French interior minister keeps talking tough after spat with government colleague


Manuel Valls has once again attracted headlines as he continues to cultivate his strongman image at the head of France's interior ministry, which is responsible for law and order and security. Last week a leaked letter showed that Valls was even prepared to go behind the back of his colleague, justice minister Christiane Taubira, by appealing directly to President François Hollande to modify her criminal justice reforms. But, as Louise Fessard reports, the interior minister is using some misleading data in order to promote his agenda.