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  • Turn Empty Catholic Churches into Mosques, French Muslim Leader Says

    06/16/2015 10:31:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    RT ^ | 6/15/15
    France’s top Muslim official has suggested turning empty or abandoned Catholic churches into mosques, saying as many as 5,000 are needed for the country’s Muslim population - the largest in Europe. “It’s a delicate issue, but why not?” Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris and the president of the French Council of Muslim Faith, told Europe 1 radio on Monday. There are currently about 2,500 mosques in France with another 300 under construction, but the number falls short of what is needed, he said. With roughly 5 million Muslims in France, at least 5,000 mosques are needed,...
  • 'First They Came for the Jews'

    01/23/2015 2:25:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Suzanne Fields
    A widely distributed political cartoon by Ranan Lurie, published after the massacre of four Jews in a kosher supermarket in Paris, depicts a tiny shrub above ground, and just below the surface, supporting the plant, is a web of thick twisted roots spread in the design of the swastika. These Nazi roots are more than a cartoonist's imagination, carefully tended by the anti-Semites of France, exposed when the French rounded up their Jews, men, women and children, and shipped them to the death camps of World War II. If the cartoonist had dug deeper, he could have drawn the roots...
  • France to Get Better Guns, More Intel Agents to Fight Terror

    01/21/2015 8:48:49 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 21, 2015 | By SYLVIE CORBET and NICOLAS VAUX-MONTAGNY
    France announced sweeping new measures to counter homegrown terrorism Wednesday, including giving security forces better weapons and protection, going on an intelligence agent hiring spree and creating a better database of anyone suspected of extremist links. Since three police were among those killed by the Paris terrorists, the prime minister said improving officers' weapons and protective gear was among the top priorities. France has repeatedly strengthened its counterterrorism laws over the years, including a measure passed in November that focused on preventing French extremists from joining fighters abroad. Another measure — expected to be activated in the coming weeks —...
  • 940 Cars Torched in France in New Year Celebrations ["in the (ghettos) of Seine-Saint-Denis"]

    01/20/2015 1:48:24 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 2, 2015 | Damien Sharkov
    940 cars were set on fire across France by frenzied revellers as they welcomed the arrival of the New Year, according to France’s Interior Ministry. The wave of arson - part of a bizarre and dangerous tradition frequently reported in mass celebrations as well as protests in the country - was actually a 12% improvement on last year’s New Year’s festivities when 1,067 cars were set ablaze.... Pierre-Henry Brandet, spokesperson for the Interior Ministry told French broadcaster BFM-TV that the car burning was most frequent in eastern France, as well as in the suburbs of Paris, particularly in the banlieues...
  • Of Course It Is Islam

    01/15/2015 11:16:04 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | 1/14/2015 | Rich Lowry
    It is settled: The Paris terror attacks had almost nothing to do with Islam. If there is any doubt about this, consider that on the one hand, you have the chilling new tape of the Charlie Hebdo attackers declaring, “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad,” and on the other, you have the tortured reassurances of White House spokesman Josh Earnest. Which are you going to believe? The Obama administration’s mind-bogglingly determined refusal to say that we are at war with “radical Islam,” together with the left’s evasions about Islamic terrorism, means that there has been a haze of euphemism and...
  • Paris attacks prompt fears France's Muslim 'no-go' zones incubating jihad

    01/12/2015 3:26:35 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    In hundreds of French "no-go" zones -- neighborhoods where neither tourists nor cops dare enter -- poor and alienated Muslims have intimidated the government into largely ceding authority over them, prompting fears that the kind of jihad that gave rise to last week's attack in Paris is festering unchecked. In some ways, these 751 areas designated by the French government -- officially called zones urbaines sensibles (sensitive urban zones), or ZUS, for short, but referred to as “no-go” zones by some observers -- resemble poor sections of America’s cities where gangs rule, crime and drugs are rampant and police only...
  • Source: Terror cells activated in France

    01/10/2015 1:19:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 112 replies
    CNN ^ | January 10, 2015 | Ray Sanchez, Laura Smith-Spark and Hakim Almasmari
    (CNN)French law enforcement officers have been told to erase their social media presence and to carry their weapons at all times because terror sleeper cells have been activated over the last 24 hours in the country, a French police source who attended a briefing Saturday told CNN Terror Analyst Samuel Laurent. Ahmedy Coulibaly, a suspect killed Friday during a deadly Kosher market hostage siege, had made several phone calls about targeting police officers in France. The alert came as the lone remaining suspect wanted in connection with a terrorism spree -- Hayat Boumeddiene -- entered Turkey on January 2,...
  • January 9, 2015, was Kristallnacht for French Jews

    01/10/2015 8:36:38 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 36 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/10/15 | Barry Shaw
    Just as Kristallnacht targeted the Jews of Berlin, the sound of terror and broken glass were the alarm signals to Jews and civilization everywhere For French Jews, January 9, 2015, was Kristallnacht, a seminal watershed of no return. That was the day that the Islamic fever that had infested France and most of Europe turned its fury away from attacking a satirical magazine that poked fun at them to its greatest enemy—Judaism. In Paris, a gunman, linked to the perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo massacre who had shot a policewoman in the back the previous day, selected a Jewish target...
  • U.S. Welcoming Islamic Immigrants France Now Regrets Welcoming

    01/08/2015 5:15:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Investors.com ^ | January 8, 2015 | Editorial
    Border Security: As terror-torn France and other European countries put curbs on Islamic immigration, the Obama administration is waving foreign Muslim nationals into the U.S. in record numbers. According to a recent Center for Immigration Studies report, America between 2010 and 2013 imported more people from Muslim countries than Central America and Mexico combined. And now, with the president's executive amnesty, the welcome mat is bigger than ever. That's a major shift in immigration flows — and one that poses a major national security threat. If just a fraction of these nearly 300,000 new Muslim immigrants follow in the footsteps...
  • Gun attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo kills 11

    01/07/2015 3:34:09 AM PST · by cartan · 58 replies
    BBC ^ | 2015-01-07
    <p>Gunmen have attacked the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring 10, French officials say. Witnesses spoke of sustained gunfire at the office as the attackers opened fire with assault rifles before escaping.</p> <p>Police have launched a major operation in the Paris area in their hunt for the attackers.</p>
  • Muslims Torch 940 Cars Across France on New Year’s Eve

    01/03/2015 1:32:31 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 26 replies
    The enemedia is applauding this because the number is a few shy of last year’s mass car burnings — as if this were consequential. Wrong. Burning close to 1000 cars is the lede — that’s the story, but media has little to say about that, and even less about the fact that it was Muslims. Perhaps the number would have been higher if so many French Muslims hadn’t gone to the Middle East to wage jihad alongside the Islamic State.
  • 940 Cars Torched Across France on New Year’s Eve

    01/01/2015 2:57:07 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    Gateway ^ | January 1, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    940 cars were torched last night in France in a stunt that started mostly in immigrant communities back in the 1990s. ... Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM-TV that numerous cars were burned around the country, particularly in the east, as well as in suburban Paris, notably the Seine-Saint-Denis region — where fiery riots around France started in 2005.
  • France to deploy soldiers after spate of attacks

    12/23/2014 6:02:33 AM PST · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/23/2014 | BBC
    France is to step up police and military patrols in areas frequented by the public following recent attacks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said. He said up to 300 soliders would be deployed around the country to boost security over the Christmas period. The attacks, seemingly unrelated, in Nantes, Dijon and Tours have left more than 20 people injured. In the latest incident, 10 people were hurt when a van was driven into a Christmas market in Nantes on Monday. In Dijon on Sunday, driver shouting "God is great" in Arabic ploughed into pedestrians into pedestrians, injuring 13 people. On...
  • Dozens injured after man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' ploughs van into Christmas market

    12/23/2014 1:25:11 AM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Daily Mirror ^ | 22.Dec.2014 | Peter Allen
    Dozens of people were injured tonight when a man ploughed his white van into a Christmas market crowd while screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’, Five people were left seriously hurt when the vehicle drove into the pedestrianised Place Royale area of Nantes in France. Within seconds of running down as many people as he could, the driver stabbed himself nine times. It is the third incident of its kind in as many days in the country which have been linked to Islamic terrorism. The man, who is said to be aged 44 but otherwise unidentified, was tonight under armed guard in the...
  • 1 in 6 in France Support ISIS

    08/27/2014 8:23:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | August 26, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    France does host one of the largest Muslim populations in Europe so the results are not especially surprising. Also France draws more Middle Eastern and North African Muslims than the UK does. If you asked about support for the Taliban, you might get better numbers in the UK. One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found.The poll of European attitudes towards the group, carried out by ICM for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, revealed that 16% of French citizens have a positive opinion of ISIS....
  • A new headscarf row (France)

    06/26/2014 9:18:34 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 2 replies
    Economist ^ | Jun 26th 2014
    EVER since the French banned conspicuous religious symbols from state schools in 2004, the country has grappled with striking the right balance between religious freedom and enforcement of its strict secular rules. On June 25th the scales tilted again after a landmark ruling by the top appeals court that a private day-care firm was within its rights when it fired a woman for wearing a Muslim headscarf. In 2008 Fatima Afif was sacked from her job at Baby-loup, a private nursery in the western suburbs of Paris, for wearing an Islamic head-covering. She took her case to court, claiming discrimination...
  • France: The Looming Battle over Muslim Integration

    01/01/2014 7:40:38 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 31, 2013 | Soeren Kern
    Among the long list of recommendations...the panel says that public schools in France should be taught in Arabic and African languages rather than in French. "It would no longer be up to French immigrants to adopt French culture, but for France to abandon its own culture, language, history and identity to adapt to other people's cultures." — Jean-François Copé, UMP Party. Instead of integration, "parallel societies are forming that continuously distance themselves from each other." — Alain Finkielkraut, author of L'identité malheureuse. A panel appointed by French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to review France's integration policies has urged the government...
  • 'Only' 1,067 vehicles set ablaze on New Year’s Eve in France

    01/01/2014 2:17:37 PM PST · by traumer · 39 replies
    The much lamented tradition of torching cars to mark the arrival of the new year claimed more than 10 per cent fewer vehicles this year By French standards, it was a peaceful New Year’s Eve. Only 1,067 cars and vans were destroyed by arson, a “significant” reduction of more than 10 per cent compared to the number of vehicles set ablaze last year, according to Manuel Valls, the Interior Minister. All things considered, it was a “positive result”, Mr Valls told a press conference on Wednesday. He said he regretted the deaths of three people in knife attacks in Paris...
  • French soldier stabbed while on patrol near Paris (Muslim attacker - IM: "Let's be prudent now...")

    05/25/2013 2:17:23 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat May 25, 2013
    A French soldier patrolling a business neighborhood west of Paris was stabbed in the neck and injured on Saturday by a man who fled the scene and is being sought by police, President Francois Hollande said. The 23-year-old was patrolling in uniform with two other soldiers as part of France's Vigipirate anti-terror surveillance plan when he was approached from behind around 6 p.m. and attacked with a knife or a box-cutter. A police union spokesman said surveillance footage of the attacker showed him as tall and bearded, aged about 35, possibly of North African origin and wearing a white Arab-style...
  • 1,500 people evacuated from Eiffel Tower(short title)

    03/30/2013 8:32:46 PM PDT · by occamrzr06 · 22 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 03/30/2013 | Peter Allen
    The Eiffel Tower was evacuated tonight following a telephoned terrorist bomb warning. Some 1,500 people, including tourists and staff, were escorted out of France's most famous landmark shortly after 7.30pm. It follows threats from Al-Qaeda pledging 'revenge' for the French intervention in the African state of Mali to fight Islamic terrorists. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301676/BREAKING-NEWS-1-500-people-evacuated-Eiffel-Tower-anonymous-phone-claimed-explosives-placed-landmark.html#ixzz2P5IbOcgI
  • Voice of the Vanquished: a Warning from History

    12/04/2012 4:15:29 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 18 replies
    Kabyles.net ^ | December 1st, 2012 | Arilès; translated by Cheradenine Zakalwe
    When I was a teenager I thought that my ancestors were idiots, useless imbeciles for having accepted this miserable religion 15 centuries ago. I was ashamed of my people of origin. I forgot that they had simply been beaten in war and submitted to their conquerors who hurried to rewrite their history. That twisted history that I learned myself at school and had to unlearn on my own, through effort and perseverance. Looking at France, Belgium, Germany, England, Spain and lots of other countries too, I realise that even people who have been warned can be islamised by stealth, by...
  • The Qatari Takeover of France

    10/10/2012 6:52:00 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 5 replies
    gatestoneinstitute.org/ ^ | 10OCT12 | Peter Martino
    French politicians such as President François Hollande hope that Qatari funds will help fight poverty in disadvantaged Muslim neighborhoods, They assume that poverty is the cause of France's social problems. They should, however, know better. The problems in the suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis and elsewhere are not caused by poverty, but by the unwillingness of many Muslims to integrate into French society. Qatar announced last February, when Nicolas Sarkozy was still the President of France, that it was willing to invest €50 million ($65 million) in the French banlieues, the suburbs which are home to the vast majority of the six...
  • FRANCE BANS ALL MUSLIM PROTESTS

    09/21/2012 4:09:32 AM PDT · by blam · 140 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-21-2012 | Gus Lubin
    FRANCE BANS ALL MUSLIM PROTESTS Gus LubinSeptember 21,2012 French interior minister Manuel Valls just confirmed that no protests would be allowed over the Mohammed cartoons, according to Reuters. "There will be strictly no exceptions. Demonstrations will be banned and broken up," he said. Think that'll pacify the 10 percent of France who are Muslims?France has already closed 20 embassies around the world in fear of backlash. Too bad it cannot outlaw protests in these countries.
  • French Muslims Get Call to Vote for President

    05/07/2012 4:47:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 30, 2012 | ELAINE GANLEY
    a special new effort to mobilize French Muslims to speak up at the ballot box in Sunday's presidential race — amid a surge of Islam-bashing among the French right. Imams and Islamic associations are calling on Muslims ... French Muslims have been pounded with blame throughout the campaign for what they eat (halal meat), how they pray (in the street), and for allegedly using their growing numbers to supplant France's civilization with their own. The massacre of Jewish schoolchildren and French paratroopers in March by an alleged Islamic extremist put Muslims in the spotlight anew and fed far-right fear mongering.
  • The New Nazis (Islamo-Nazis)

    03/28/2012 7:48:25 AM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies
    CFP ^ | March 22, 2012 | D. Greenfield
    The new Nazis kill them right in the cities. And the killing will not stop until the Muslim occupation of Europe comes to an end. There was a time when Jewish children were hunted down and killed in France. Their killers believed themselves to be members of a superior group that was destined to rule the world and enslave or exterminate members of inferior groups. The cowardice and appeasement of the French authorities allowed them to operate freely, to kill Jews and launch attacks on other countries. What was then is now again. The occupying army doesn't wear uniforms, it...
  • (Oh God!) little girl cornered in school and shot in head (Neo Nazi or Islamo-Nazi, same!)

    03/20/2012 10:40:20 PM PDT · by Milagros · 104 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | March, 2012
    Toulouse shooting: little girl cornered in school and shot in head It was shortly after 8am on a leafy street in a quiet suburb of Toulouse and children were being dropped off at the gates of the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school.
  • French shooting suspect Mohamed Merah arrested after Toulouse siege

    03/21/2012 6:43:12 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 72 replies · 1+ views
    National Post ^ | 3-21-2012 | National Post Wire Services
    A gunman suspected of killing seven people in the name of al-Qaeda, including three children at a Jewish school, has been arrested by police after an hours-long siege in southwestern France. About 300 police, some in bullet-proof body armor, had earlier cordoned off an area surrounding a four-storey house in a leafy suburb of the city of Toulouse where the 24-year-old Muslim man, identified as Mohamed Merah, was holed up on the ground floor. Merah had been arrested for bomb making in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar in 2007 but escaped months later in a Taliban prison break, the...
  • Muslim gunman murders four at French Jewish School

    03/19/2012 8:23:36 AM PDT · by pabianice · 31 replies
    Fox News Channel | 3/19/12
    Breaking on Fox. Gunman rides motorcycle into Jewish school in southern France, murders four, including three children. Already linked to Muslim terror group. Search is on for gunman. Fox reports that attacks on Jews in France have become so common that many don't even make the news. Muslim hate groups are running largely unchecked.
  • 4 killed in shooting at French Jewish school

    03/19/2012 3:33:14 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 71 replies
    cnn ^ | 3/19/2012 | staff
    A gunman opened fire on a Jewish school in southern France Monday, killing four people -- the third shooting in the area in 10 days. The shooting in the city of Toulouse left a teacher and three children dead, including a 3-year-old, said local prosecutor Michel Valet. A fourth child was injured. The gunman arrived shortly after 8 a.m. and fled on a motor scooter after the shootings. He is believed to have used two different guns, interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said. "It's a horrible tragedy," Brandet said on CNN affiliate BFM. It's the third shooting by a man...
  • Muslims in France Ask to Use Empty Churches (SEEMINGLY INNOCUOUS REQUEST)

    04/04/2011 9:01:21 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 57 replies
    Hudson-NY ^ | March 31, 2011 | Soeren Kern
    Muslim groups in France have asked the Roman Catholic Church for permission to use its empty churches as a way to solve the traffic problems caused by thousands of Muslims who pray in the streets. The request, which has been variously described by French political commentators as "alarming," "audacious" and "unprecedented," is yet another example of the growing assertiveness of France's six million Muslims, who are transforming the country in ways unimaginable only a few years ago.In a March 11 communiqué addressed to the Church of France, the National Federation of the Great Mosque of Paris, the Council of Democratic...
  • Batman Goes PC – Super Hero Recruits Muslim Sidekick From Paris Suburb

    12/22/2010 12:55:41 PM PST · by matt1234 · 53 replies · 1+ views
    rightnetwork ^ | 12/17/2010 | Jim Hoft
    Nightrunner is a citizen of France, a Sunni Muslim, and 22 years old living in the Clichy-sous-Bois of Paris who is phenomenally well trained in parkour. Astute Bloggers reported on this new twist, via Religion of Peace: "I knew it was only going to get worse at DC Comics: in his continuing efforts to form Batman Inc, Bruce Wayne recruits an Algerian Muslim living in France, in Clichy-Sous-Bois, where the Muslim riots grew out of in 2005, over the death of 2 delinquents who electrocuted themselves by stupidly entering a power station, and the blame was laid upon at least...
  • WikiLeaks : U.S. secretly sought to 'empower' France's Muslims

    12/03/2010 7:11:44 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 47 replies
    WND ^ | DECEMBER 3, 2010 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – The U.S. State Department directed its staff to "engage" and help to "empower" France's Muslim minorities, according to classified documents released by WikiLeaks and reviewed by WND. The cables reveal U.S. government staff were instructed to use the French media to educate that country's public on minority issues and to improve the lot of French Arabs and Muslims. The process called for "considerable discretion, sensitivity and tact." A cable dated January 2007 and directed to various U.S. missions in France outlined that the U.S. government must show it "takes seriously the threat of disenfranchised and disadvantaged minorities around...
  • French to ban Muslim women from wearing veil

    04/21/2010 4:55:12 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 14 replies · 587+ views
    Telegraph.co,uk ^ | 4:38PM BST 21 Apr 2010 | Staff
    The French government is drawing up a law to ban Muslim women from wearing a full-face veil in public, despite advice that it could be illegal. The new law will stop the niqab and the burka from being worn in the streets, shops and markets and not just in public buildings. Nicolas Sarkozy is to press ahead with the bill claiming that the veil is an "assault on women's dignity". "We're legislating for the future. Wearing a full veil is a sign of a community closing in on itself and of a rejection of our values," Luc Chatel, a spokesman...
  • France To Ban Veil Says Nicolas Sarkozy [What? NO ACLU In France?]

    03/25/2010 2:15:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies · 474+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 25, 2010
    France To Ban Veil Says Nicolas Sarkozy Nicolas Sarkozy has said that France will ban the full Muslim veil. 25 Mar 2010 The move would protect the dignity of women, the president added. “The full veil is contrary to the dignity of women,” he said. “The response is to ban it. The Government will table a draft law prohibiting it.” The president gave no further details during his address to the nation following a heavy defeat in regional elections for his ruling Union for a Popular Movement party. Speaking from the Elysee Palace Mr Sarkozy gave no indication as to...
  • France's anti-burka migration minister denies planning to convert to marry Muslim girlfriend

    02/10/2010 10:34:13 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 509+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Feb. 10, 2010 | Peter Allen
    France's hardline immigration minister Eric Besson is threatening to sue over hotly denied claims he is about to convert to Islam to marry his young Muslim girlfriend. The rumours, reported on French news website Bakchich Info, come as the 51-year-old spearheads a campaign against alien religions and cultures swamping his country. He has already called for the Muslim burkha to be banned, and wants potential immigrants to take French tests and swear allegiance to the Republic. This particularly applies to those arriving from Muslim countries who do not share the same values as France’s predominantly Roman Catholic population. Divorced Mr...
  • France refuses a citizenship over full Islamic veil

    02/03/2010 7:46:33 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 464+ views
    bbc ^ | 3 February 2010
    The French government has refused to grant citizenship to a foreign national on the grounds that he forced his wife to wear the full Islamic veil. The man, whose current nationality was not given, needed citizenship to settle in the country with his French wife. But Immigration Minister Eric Besson said this was being refused because he was depriving his wife of the liberty to come and go with her face uncovered. Last week, a parliamentary committee proposed a partial ban on full veils.
  • France Moves Ahead on Ban of Full-Face Veils and Burkas

    01/27/2010 12:04:48 AM PST · by TheThinker · 10 replies · 597+ views
    aol.com ^ | 01/27/2010 | Dana Kennedy
    NICE, France (Jan. 26) -- French lawmakers said Tuesday they want to ban Muslim women from veiling their faces in public facilities, a plan applauded by some French Muslim women but criticized by Muslim leaders, who said it could provoke Islamic extremists in France and abroad. A parliamentary panel convened six months ago by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday issued a much-anticipated, 200-page report recommending that women be banned from wearing the full-face veil in public office buildings, schools, hospitals and while using mass transit. The full-face veil is viewed by many in France as a sign of extremism...
  • France moves to outlaw burqa

    01/24/2010 11:19:30 PM PST · by kingattax · 14 replies · 605+ views
    AFP ^ | 1-24-10
    Paris - France moves one step closer to barring Muslim women from wearing the full Islamic veil when a much-awaited report is released this week, laying the groundwork for a ban on the burqa. After six months of hearings surrounded by fierce public debate, a commission set up by parliament will publish its findings on Tuesday on outlawing the full-face veil. Home to Europe's biggest Muslim minority, estimated at about six million, France is heading into unchartered territory. No European country has adopted sweeping national legislation on restricting the full veil.
  • Paris pool bans Muslim woman in 'burqini' swimsuit

    08/12/2009 12:31:48 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 39 replies · 2,593+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 08/12/09 | Staff
    A Paris swimming pool has refused entry to a young Muslim woman wearing a "burqini," a swimsuit that covers most of the body, officials said Wednesday. The pool ban came as French lawmakers conduct hearings on whether to ban the burqa after President Nicolas Sarkozy said the head-to-toe veil was "not welcome" in secular France. Officials in the Paris suburb of Emerainville said they let the woman swim in the pool in July wearing the "burqini," designed for Muslim women who want to swim without revealing their bodies. But when she returned in August they decided to apply hygiene rules...
  • Burquini Swimsuit Barred From Paris Pool

    08/12/2009 10:42:19 AM PDT · by kingattax · 53 replies · 2,431+ views
    Sky News ^ | August 12, 2009
    A swimming pool in Paris has refused entry to a young Muslim woman wearing a 'burqini' - a swimsuit that covers most of the body. The ban came as French lawmakers consider whether to stop burqas - head-to-toe veils - being worn in the country. The debate follows President Nicolas Sarkozy saying the veils were "not welcome" in secular France. Officials in the Paris suburb of Emerainville had initially let the woman swim in the pool while wearing a burqini, in July. But, when she returned in August, they decided to enforce hygiene rules and told her she could not...
  • Restive "Youths" Burn Cars in New Suburban Unrest (France)

    08/10/2009 6:02:14 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 25 replies · 829+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 08/10/2009 | Yahoo News
    BAGNOLET, France – Restive youths in a Paris suburb torched a tourist bus and nearly a half-dozen cars and hurled objects at police early Tuesday, a night after fullblown unrest prompted by the death of a teen fleeing police. The local prefecture, the administrative center for the region, said the situation was under control despite the scattered torchings. An Associated Press Television News crew saw at least five torched cars and a burned-out tourist bus near a housing project. Groups of youths set street fires, sometimes fueling them with garbage cans or a mattress in one case and hurled stones...
  • Youths Riot in Paris Suburb After Teen's Death (Oh noes...yutes!)

    08/10/2009 5:26:10 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 28 replies · 998+ views
    About 40 rioters in a Paris suburb hurled Molotov cocktails at police and firefighters and torched cars in a rampage prompted by the death of a teen fleeing police. The interior minister called Monday for calm after the overnight violence. One person fired at police with a handgun during the rioting in a housing project in Bagnolet on the eastern edge of Paris, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said in a statement. No injuries were reported. The latest eruption of tensions in France's suburbs broke out after an 18-year-old riding his motorcycle through the project tried to flee a document check...
  • Report: Only 367 Muslim women in France wear full veil

    07/30/2009 2:13:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1,641+ views
    Ha Aretz ^ | 7/30/09 | Rueters
    Only 367 women in France wear Islamic veils that cover their faces and bodies, a newspaper reported on Wednesday, undermining the position of politicians who are pushing for a ban on the garments. A panel of legislators is studying the issue of whether the number of women wearing such veils is on the rise and why. The panel is expected to say in coming months whether it backs a ban on the veils in public places, as advocated by some politicians. President Nicolas Sarkozy has stopped short of backing a ban, but has said the veils were "not welcome" in...
  • Why are the French trying to play down [Bastille Day] riot reports?

    07/22/2009 9:49:25 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies · 492+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 21 July 2009 | Ed West
    Via the Brussels Journal, news that the French authorities are trying to make the media downplay the latest round of rioting: Only the figures for the night of July 13-14 were published: “Some 500 vehicles” were burned, the worst ever recorded for the eve of the national holiday. Despite repeated requests to the Interior Ministry, and the DGPN [similar to the FBI], no figures were forthcoming for the night of July 14-15. These orders have been strictly applied. The different prefectures contacted by Le Monde refused to respond, citing “ministerial instructions.” Regional news media reported the same problem. The daily...
  • France unrest before Bastille Day

    07/14/2009 3:58:30 AM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 9 replies · 1,952+ views
    BBC ^ | 14 July 2009 | BBC Staff
    French youths set 317 cars on fire and wounded 13 police officers overnight during a series of riots on the eve of the Bastille Day holiday, police say. Paris police said 240 people had been arrested, almost double the number held after unrest on the same day last year. The injured officers are suffering from hearing difficulties caused by home-made explosives blowing up beside them. Last week, the death of a young man in police custody caused three nights of riots in the southern town of Firminy. Police said Mohamed Benmouna, a 21-year-old of Algerian origin, had died after trying...
  • Youssouf Fofana jailed for the torture and murder of Ilan Halimi

    07/10/2009 6:03:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 469+ views
    Times ^ | July 11, 2009 | Charles Bremner
    A 28-year-old African who styled himself as a barbarian was sentenced to life in prison last night for kidnapping and torturing to death a Jewish man in a case that exposed anti-Semitism in France’s immigrant suburbs. Youssouf Fofana, from the Ivory Coast, was the ring-leader of a gang of 27 youths who abducted Iman Halimi, 23, in 2006. The gang, from a housing estate in Bagneux, west of Paris, called themselves the “gang of barbarians”. Fofana Fofana, who describes himself as a hardline “Salafist” Islamist, fled to Ivory Coast after the killing. He was arrested there and extradited to France....
  • 'Barbarians' gang leader gets life in murder case

    07/10/2009 2:14:54 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 13 replies · 1,121+ views
    France 24 ^ | July 10, 2009 | NA
    Youssouf Fofana, leader of a kidnap gang who called themselves "The Barbarians", has been sentenced to life in prison for an anti-Semitic murder of shocking brutality. The court ruled he must serve a minimum of 22 yerars before he can be considered for parole. Of 26 other defendants in the case, two were acquitted and the rest received sentences of between six months and 18 years jail. Fofana, 28, masterminded the kidnap, torture and murder of Jewish shop clerk Ilan Halimi in 2006. Halimi went missing on January 20, 2006 while on a date with a girl he had met...
  • Could the U.S. Ban the Burqa, Too?

    07/07/2009 2:45:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies · 1,770+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2009 | Mona Charen
    The French Republic is not blessed or burdened with a First Amendment. So when President Nicolas Sarkozy recently suggested that France ban the wearing of the burqa in all public places, the Chamber of Deputies took it up. Unlike the headscarf, which covers a woman's hair but leaves her face visible, the burqa is a head-to-toe covering that makes walking draperies of women. Some, like the chador worn in Afghanistan, feature a mesh covering for the face. The Saudi version usually sports a slit for the eyes. Here's an online catalogue's description of one: "Khimar and niqab set made of...
  • Al Qaeda vows 'dreadful revenge' on France over plans to ban the burqa

    07/01/2009 3:53:03 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 932+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 1, 2009 | Ian Sparks
    Al Qaeda terrorists have vowed to 'wreak dreadful revenge' on France over its plans to ban the burkha. The chilling warning comes after President Nicolas Sarkozy said the Islamic garment which covers the head and body 'debases women' and is not welcome in his country. French MPs have set up a commission to decide if it should be made illegal for women to hide their faces in public. Now leaders of Al Qaeda's North African network have called on French Muslims to react 'with the utmost hostility'. One Islamic extremist website carried the message: 'We will seek dreadful revenge on...
  • France: Veil flouts secular principles says mosque chief

    06/23/2009 12:51:42 PM PDT · by steve-b · 22 replies · 728+ views
    Adnkronos ^ | 6/23/09
    French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rejection of the burka and the face veil are "in keeping with the republican spirit of secularism," according to the rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, quoted by media. Boubakeur said he supported a proposal by French MPs for a panel of deputies to look at the wearing of the burka "on the condition that they listen to what the experts on Islam have to say". The burka marked "a return towards Islam's past, in line with the preaching and vision of fundamentalists" added Boubakeur (photo)....