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French Presidential Campaing in Final Phase

Posted April 19th, 2012 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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French voters go the the polls on Sunday in the first round of a presidential election in which President Nicolas Sarkozy is seeking reelection and his main rival, Socialist Francois Hollande, is gaining momentum and could become the country’s first Socialist leader in nearly 20 years. Public opinion surveys show both men in a dead […]

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France Unveils New Anti-Terrorism Measures

Posted April 11th, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The French government has approved a new set of anti-terrorism measures following a string of deadly shootings by an Islamist extremist in southern France last month. The Cabinet on Wednesday authorized a bill making it illegal to visit websites that encourage terrorism as well as travel anyplace for terrorism training. “Any individual that will regularly […]

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France Arrests 10 in Terror Crackdown

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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French police arrested 10 people in a series of pre-dawn raids, part on an ongoing crackdown against suspected Islamic extremists. Wednesday’s raids targeted Roubaix, near the border with Belgium, and the southern port city of Marseille. French officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said the 10 suspects were tracked on extremist websites and had […]

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French Court Backs Extradition of Rwandan Genocide Suspect

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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For the first time, a French court has approved the extradition of a suspect to Rwanda to face charges in that country’s 1994 genocide. The court in the city of Rouen ruled that Claude Muhayimana can be sent to Rwanda, where is he accused of genocide and crimes against humanity. Muhayimana’s lawyer, Geraldine Boitieux, told […]

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French Court Backs Extradition of Rwandan Genocide Suspect

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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For the first time, a French court has approved the extradition of a suspect to Rwanda to face charges in that country’s 1994 genocide. The court in the city of Rouen ruled that Claude Muhayimana can be sent to Rwanda, where is he accused of genocide and crimes against humanity. Muhayimana’s lawyer, Geraldine Boitieux, told […]

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Alleged Killer of 7 Buried in France

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A radical Islamist gunman who allegedly killed seven people this month has been buried in his hometown of Toulouse, France, despite objections from the city’s mayor and after a rejection from his family’s native Algeria. Mohamed Merah was laid to rest in a cemetery near Toulouse on Thursday, a week after he was killed in […]

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E. Guinea Says Concerned by French Arrest Warrant, Threatens Retaliation

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Equatorial Guinea warns it will take action against French companies if judges in France issue an arrest warrant for the son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. Two French judges on Tuesday requested the warrant for Teodorin Obiang on grounds that he acquired millions of dollars worth of French real estate and luxury goods by fraudulent […]

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French Islamist Gunman Denied Burial in Algeria

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Algeria has refused to allow the family of a French gunman accused of killing seven people to bury the man in the family’s native Algeria. A Muslim leader in France said Thursday that Algerian authorities denied the request from Mohamed Merah’s family because of security concerns. He said Merah will instead be buried in a […]

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Islamist Gunman Who Killed Seven in France Denied Burial in Algeria

Posted March 29th, 2012 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Muslim leader in Toulouse, France says the family of a gunman accused of killing seven people there has been denied permission to bury him in his native Algeria. The Associated Press quotes Abdallah Zekri as saying the request to bury 23-year-old Mohamed Merah in Algeria was rejected for “reasons of public order”. Zekri says […]

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US Judge Postpones Ruling on Strauss-Kahn Case

Posted March 28th, 2012 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. judge has postponed a ruling on whether to dismiss a hotel maid’s civil lawsuit against French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Bronx state Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon heard arguments Wednesday in Nafisatou Diallo’s suit. He said he would not rule immediately in the case. Diallo says Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in his Manhattan […]

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