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Assad returns French Legion of Honor medal

SHAFAQNA - Syrian President Bashar Assad has surrendered his Legion of Honor award, France’s most prestigious decoration, given to him by Jacques Chirac in 2001, saying he will not wear honors bestowed by a “slave country” that bombs…

Over Half of French People Say Islam is Compatible with Their Society: Survey

SHAFAQNA- The survey results, which were published today by the French weekly newspaper, Le Journal Du Dimanche, show that the majority of French people think that Islam is compatible with their society, while 43 percent believe the opposite. A…

Hard choices: France wrestles in between realpolitik and republican morality

SHAFAQNA - Once upon a time France claimed to a rather prestigious status, that of a free sovereign nation whose republican values inspired a people to enshrine in their constitution the very expressions of democracy: liberty, equality, fraternity. Once…

Exclusive Interview with Denis Bauchard - Adviser for the Middle East at the French Institute of International Relations

SHAFAQNA - Earlier this month Shafaqna had the privilege of conducting an interview with Denis Bauchard, Adviser for the Middle East at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri). A former diplomat, he was Minister Counselor…

France reinvents itself a power-broker in the Greater Middle East against US belligerence

SHAFAQNA - At the height of France’ Algerian crisis (June 4, 1958) General Charles de Gaulle delivered a speech which very much defined his country’s political future, and forever enshrined the notion that France’s colonial adventures…

France wants to force Jewish and Muslims school children to consume pork

SHAFAQNA - Muslim and Jewish students in the small French town of Beaucarie will no longer be able to request pork-free school meals, according to a new rule passed by the town's far-right mayor. The town, ruled by the far-right nationalist…

France orders halal supermarket shut for not selling pork and alcohol

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SHAFAQNA - France has ordered a halal supermarket in Paris to close because it does not sell pork or wine. The Good Price mini-market in Colombes did not comply with the conditions of its lease, which stated the shop must act as a "general…

Paris to Prevent Muslim Street Prayers

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SHAFAQNA- PARIS – The French Interior minister announced on Sunday, November 19, that the authorities will stop Muslims from praying on the streets in a Paris suburb, promising to find them an alternative. “They will not have prayers…

PARIS MUSLIMS FIGHT FOR RIGHT TO PRAY ON THE STREETS AFTER SCUFFLE WITH LAWMAKERS

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SHAFAQNA - A group of Parisian Muslims announced Wednesday it is taking local politicians to court after a group of 100 lawmakers physically prevented 200 Muslims from praying on the streets of a Paris suburb. The scuffle between the Parisian…

Muslims clash with lawmakers on Paris streets

SHAFAQNA - A Muslim association in France is taking legal action against French lawmakers after clashes with worshippers on the streets of a Paris suburb. A Muslim association in France is taking legal action against French lawmakers after…

Merci! Designer credits French burkini ban for sales boom

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SHAFAQNA- The woman who invented the burkini has reaped a tenfold jump in sales since France banned her swimwear, and says her coveralls have opened a whole new sporting life for Muslim women. Thousands of women in Europe – many non-Muslims…

French parents name baby ‘Jihad,’ may face charges

SHAFAQNA - Parents in the town of Leguevin, near Toulouse, France, have named their baby son… Jihad, local media report. The baby’s parents may face charges for the controversial choice of name. Baby Jihad Guetarni was born in August…

France moves to restrict civil liberties for good

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SHAFAQNA - The French parliament has approved a new controversial anti-terrorism law, replacing the soon-to-expire two-year state of emergency. The new legislation has prompted fears it will severely limit civil liberties. The French senate…

Tear gas used in Paris as strike against Macron’s labor reforms grips France

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SHAFAQNA - Police used tear gas in Paris on Tuesday to disperse a demonstration, part of nationwide strike against President Emmanuel Macron's labor reforms. The reforms especially affect public sector workers, and over 200,000 hit the streets…

France offers to mediate between Baghdad and Kurds

SHAFAQNA - France offered on Thursday to mediate in a political crisis pitting Iraq’s government against Kurdish regional authorities, and promised to maintain a military presence there until ISIS was defeated. The offer by President Emmanuel…

ISIS claims knife attack in Marseille - France

SHAFAQNA - The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the Marseille knife attack which left two women dead, Reuters reports, citing the IS affiliated Amaq news agency. The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL)…

French President speaks in defense of Iran nuclear deal in UN speech

SHAFAQNA - French President Emmanuel Macron has taken the podium at the UN to speak in defense of the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Iran, warning that a failure to honor the accord will be “irresponsible.” “This is a good agreement,…

France opens door to strengthen Iran nuclear deal for post-2025

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SHAFAQNA - France on Monday gave a staunch defense of the Iran nuclear deal, suggesting there could be talks to strengthen the pact for the post-2025 period but that allowing it to collapse could lead Iran’s neighbors to seek atomic weapons. “It…

2 arrested in anti-terrorism operation near Paris

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SHAFAQNA - Two men have been arrested after the discovery of explosives and bomb components at an apartment in Villejuif, a suburb of Paris, local media reports. Following a tip-off from a man doing maintenance work, police raided an apartment…

French schools ordered to offer Muslims alternative to pork

SHAFAQNA - A Muslim association won what it called a landmark victory today as a court ruled that schoolchildren who do not eat pork must be offered alternative dishes. Dijon Administrative Court quashed a decision by Gilles Platret, the…

Muslim woman fined 575 for swimming with Burkini

SHAFAQNA- A Muslim woman who rented a private vacation residence in France was reportedly made to pay €490 (US$575) because she swam in the property's communal pool while wearing a burkini. The owner said the pool had to be emptied and cleaned…

FRANCE: Christians and Muslims together in memory of Fr Jacques Hamel’s martyrdom

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SHAFAQNA - The Archbishop of Rouen led the Mass in the church where the priest was murdered. Emmanuel Macron thanks the Church of France for her "power of forgiveness". Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray has become a place of pilgrimage for Christians…

Eight Wounded in Shooting near French Mosque

SHAFAQNA - Eight people were wounded in a shooting in front of a mosque in the southern French city of Avignon in an incident police consider to be a settling of scores rather than a militant attack, a source close to the investigation said…

Champs-Elysees attacker dead, car contained ‘number of firearms and explosives’

SHAFAQNA - France’s interior minister has said that a driver who rammed a car into police in an “attempted attack” on security forces on the Champs-Elysees was carrying a “number of firearms and explosives.” "Once again our security…

Police begin operation to clear out camp in Paris - INTERVIEW

SHAFAQNA - In France, police have begun an operation to clear out a makeshift refugee camp in the capital Paris. The camp in north-east Paris houses around one-thousand refugees, mostly from Africa and Afghanistan. Local authorities say the…

Paris main mosque says Macron election gives hope to French Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Paris' main Mosque said on Sunday that the election of centrist Emmanuel Macron as France's next president over far-right leader Marine Le Pen was a sign of reconciliation between French religions. "It is a clear sign of hope…

The French Election Showdown: Both Macron and LePen are subservient to World Zionism

SHAFAQNA - Let me go ahead and say this right off the rip before going even a millimeter further: Emmanuel Macron is scum. And not just run-of-the-mill, everyday, basic scum that you find across the political spectrum of a colonialist shitbucket…

Tomorrow’s Presidential Election will decide the fate of Muslims in France

SHAFAQNA - Despite the boiling political environment in Pakistan, analysts have been keeping an eye on the French Presidential elections as the international political arena is expected to change its direction with the result of the polling…