France seeks to ban ultra-right group suspected of attacking anti-racists

Interior minister begins legal action to dissolve Zouaves group after brawl at rally for far-right presidential candidate France’s interior minister is seeking to dissolve an “ultra right” group suspected of attacking anti-racism protesters who entered a campaign rally held by the far-right presidential candidate Éric Zemmour. The Zouaves, who support Zemmour’s anti-immigration and anti-Islam ideology, are thought toContinue reading “France seeks to ban ultra-right group suspected of attacking anti-racists”

France wildfire: Thousands evacuated as blaze rages near Riviera

Thousands of people, including tourists in campsites, have been moved to safety as firefighters tackle a wildfire close to the French Riviera. Many were given only minutes to leave as hundreds of firefighters were deployed in the Var region to the west of Saint-Tropez. Fire officials say the blaze broke out on Monday and hasContinue reading “France wildfire: Thousands evacuated as blaze rages near Riviera”

France’s parliament approves anti-separatism bill against Islamist extremism

The French National Assembly on approved the controversial “anti-separatism” bill despite strong criticisms from parliamentarians from the Left and the Right. The government argued the legislation was needed to bolster France’s secular system, but critics say it breaches religious freedom. After a seven-month debate – and the text going back and forth between France’s lower house, the NationalContinue reading “France’s parliament approves anti-separatism bill against Islamist extremism”

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