France closes mosque north of Paris after 'unacceptable' preaching

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Officials say the sermons at the  mosque in Beauvais,  north of Paris, incite hatred, violence and "defend jihad".

Fears of right-wing extremism grow as activist held over attack on French mosque


Claude Sinké, aged 84, a former local election candidate for the far-right Front National – now called Rassemblement National – is in custody for the attack on a mosque in Bayonne in south-west France on October 28th 2019. He told detectives his aim was to “avenge the destruction” of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris from a fire which he blames on Muslims. Marine Le Pen and the rest of the RN leadership have been quick to distance themselves from their former activist. But Claude Sinké had been adopted as a candidate for the far-right party in 2015 despite posting hate-filled messages on Facebook. Marine Turchi and Matthieu Suc examine the far right party's handling of its supporters and look at the growing threat posed by right-wing extremists in France and across Europe.

French police arrest far-right supporter over mosque shooting

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Source that 84-year-old suspect had been a candidate for Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National party in 2015.

Gunman wounds two at French mosque, suspect found dead

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The main suspect was later found dead with a bullet wound in his head in an apparent suicide, say police.

Revealed: story behind arrests of far-right activists in France

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Ten men, including a former gendarme, have been arrested across France for their suspected role in a plot to attack Muslims. Mediapart can reveal that one of the suspects had been setting up his own laboratory to make explosives. Matthieu Suc, Marine Turchi and Jacques Massey report on the story behind the dramatic arrests and the murky world of the far-right in France.

Man 'tried to drive car into crowd' in front of French mosque

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The man reportedly wanted to avenge attacks linked to Islamic State that have killed dozens in Paris over the past years.

France car attacker wanted to become a ‘martyr’

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Man who tried to run down soldiers guarding a French mosque wanted to 'appear like a martyr' but police rule out terrorism link.

Man drives car at troops protecting French mosque

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An elderly local worshipper and a soldier guarding the mosque at Valence were slightly injured, as was driver after troops opened fire.

Pigs heads dumped outside French mosque

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French Muslim and Jewish groups unite in outrage after two pig heads were dumped at a mosque in a southern French town.