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​Voltaire’s ‘Treatise on Tolerance’ climbing French bestseller lists
A book by French philosopher Voltaire, written in 1763 about the dangers of religious fanaticism, is ascending France's bestseller lists. The surge in sales comes just weeks after extremist attacks left 17 people dead in Paris.

28.01.2015 21:00

‘You will discover hell on earth’: French govt launches campaign against jihadists
The French government has released a graphic video that “deciphers jihadist propaganda” in order to discourage young people from going to the Middle East to fight alongside extremists by saying they will find “hell on earth.”

28.01.2015 16:47

Artist pulls prayer rug installation from French exhibition after Muslim warnings
An installation featuring Islamic prayer rugs stacked with high heels has been withdrawn from an art exhibition near Paris after a Muslim group warned that the piece could provoke an “uncontrollable” reaction.

28.01.2015 13:39

‘UK survey: 45 % of Muslim pupils, students faced Islamophobic experience’
A large number of pupils and students in the UK have experienced discrimination and hate crimes while in education, said Arzu Merali from Islamic Human Rights Commission. She added that was before the Charlie Hebdo attack.

28.01.2015 12:20

'Tangible risk' of terror attack at Euro 2016 looms large in France
The threat of a terror attack at Euro 2016 in France, which will host the European football championship for the third time, has become "palpable" following the latest deadly shootings in Paris, organizing committee president Jacques Lambert has warned.

28.01.2015 06:23

Mass ‘exodus’ of Jews from France probable as anti-Semitic attacks double – major Jewish groups
Leading Jewish thinkers in France are warning that a doubling of anti-Semitism in the country and an alarming rise in anti-Jewish violence may lead to a new mass “exodus.”

27.01.2015 13:51

​ISIS urges new attacks on ‘infidel West’ following Charlie Hebdo massacre
The Islamic State extremist group called on Muslims to initiate new attacks against Western targets, saying it would regard as “enemies” those who are able to carry out such assaults but fail to do so.

27.01.2015 06:18

‘Not symbol of Republic’: French mayor to remove black Marianne statue from city hall
The mayor of a small French town is planning to evict the emblematic statue of black Marianne from the city hall, which has been there for 16 years. The local head claims the black-skinned monument “doesn’t represent the French Republic.”

27.01.2015 08:47

‘Shameful’ UK scheme to resettle Syrian refugees condemned
A group of prominent UK celebrities have written a strongly-worded open letter to PM David Cameron denouncing Britain’s resettlement program for Syrian refugees, suggesting it lacks compassion and humanity.

26.01.2015 15:51

Most Russians think Charlie Hebdo tragedy provoked by journalists themselves - poll
A large part of Russian society thinks the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine was prompted by the journalists themselves. Many said they didn’t approve of the attackers’ actions, but understood them.

26.01.2015 13:42

West’s tributes to late Saudi King reveal hypocrisy not democracy
Hypocrisy is not usually regarded as a virtue of leadership, yet judging by the gushing tributes paid to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah by various Western governments and establishment figures on his death, there are those who believe it should be.

26.01.2015 13:01

‘Monstrous democratic slap to EU’: Le Pen hails Greek anti-austerity party victory
The victory of Greece’s anti-austerity Syriza party is a monstrous democratic slap to the European Union, believes Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front party, adding that for her this success means "the trial of the euro-austerity.”

26.01.2015 08:40