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Thursday November 3, 2011
FranceFraudQuackeryRNB's Religion News BlogScientology:
Scientology The appeal for the Church of Scientology’s conviction on fraud has opened in a Paris court.

The cult’s defense lawyersh plan to argue during the appeal that the conviction curtails freedom of religion and association.

Monday April 11, 2011
FranceIslamRNB's Religion News Blog:
niqab A law banning the wearing of garments that cover the face in public has today come into force in France — the first European country to impose such a ban. Penalties for forcing a person to wear a burqa are part of the law.

The ban is seen as primarily affecting Muslim women who wear the niqab or burqa.

Monday September 20, 2010
FranceIslamRNB's Religion News BlogTerrorism:
France has stepped up its vigilance against terror threats, a top official announced Monday amid reports of various new threats, including one against the Paris transport network.

In the last few days, there has been a false bomb alert at the Eiffel Tower and five French workers and two African colleagues have been kidnapped in Niger, part of the African turf of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Last week, the Senate voted to ban burqa-style Islamic veils in France, a subject that has prompted warnings by al-Qaeda‘s Maghreb group.

Here’s what you need to know about Islam and Terrorism.

Wednesday September 15, 2010
Niqab The French parliament passed a law Tuesday prohibiting wearing a full-face veil in public, meaning a ban will come into force early next year if it is not overturned by senior judges.

The Senate passed the bill by 246 votes to one. The bill already cleared the lower house in July, and will now be reviewed by the Constitutional Council, which has a month to confirm its legality.

Friday February 22, 2008
French chief of staff Emmanuelle Mignon has tried to correct some of the controversial quotes attributed to her on the subject of sects. In an interview with the publication VSD, she reportedly said that “sects were a non-problem in France”.

Tuesday January 30, 2007
Far softer than a 2004 law that banned Muslim head scarves and other “ostentatious” religious signs from public classrooms, the proposed charter is, like the head scarf law, an effort to ensure the secular nature of France

Sunday April 30, 2006
Sect-like groups are profiting from the misery in riot-stricken French suburbs to attract new recruits under the guise of offering humanitarian aid, warns an official report. Organisations including the Church of Scientology, labelled a cult in France, are targeting vulnerable residents in the country's poor, high immigration suburbs, it claims.

Tuesday March 7, 2006
PARIS, France (AP) -- France's highest administrative body ruled Monday that Sikhs must remove their turbans for driver's license photos, calling it a question of public security and not a restriction on freedom of religion.

Saturday January 14, 2006
Yahoo yesterday lost its bid to avoid liability for "hate speech" as defined in France in a decision that reveals lack of unanimity about how the Internet should be regulated.

Monday January 9, 2006
MONTREUIL, France - The faithful are swaying, the walls are sweating and the choir's belting out praise to the Lord. It's Sunday morning and hundreds of black evangelicals are meeting in exuberant prayer.

Wednesday December 15, 2004
PARIS They arrived as they do every December: gaily wrapped gifts destined for children at a kindergarten in rural northern France.

Monday November 8, 2004
Three Sikh boys have been expelled from school outside Paris for breaking a French law banning pupils from wearing religious headgear in school.

Tuesday August 31, 2004
PARIS - A man suspected of setting a fire that destroyed a Jewish community center in Paris last week is a Jewish former employee who was taken into police custody early Monday, a police spokesman said.

Monday August 23, 2004
PARIS, Aug. 22 Fire swept through a Jewish community center in eastern Paris in the early morning hours today after arsonists broke into the building and scrawled swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans inside. It was the latest in a wave of neo-Nazi acts sweeping the country.

Sunday July 25, 2004
A week after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called on French Jews to immigrate to Israel, a group of 200 is heeding his call.

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