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Rape-accused Tariq Ramadan faces US charges as ‘Muslim victim comes forward’

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Rape-accused Muslim academic Tariq Ramadan could now face charges in the United States after American attorney Rabia Chaudry said she had referred an alleged victim to a federal prosecutor this week. Ramadan is currently being held in a French prison since February 2 on charges that he raped two women in Paris and Lyon. Chaudry confirmed to Al Arabiya English that she had referred “a Muslim victim” to the prosecutor, declining to comment on the matter further or explaining exactly ...

Medical report shows Tariq Ramadan’s health compatible with his continued detention

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Muslim academic and rape-accused Tariq Ramadan will remain in custody following the emergence of new details related to the charges against him, according to Agence France-Presse.A medical report ordered by the court on Monday to examine his appeal against his detention found that Ramadan's state of health was compatible with his continued detention.Ramadan has been indicted with rape on February 2 and has since been imprisoned at the Fleury-Mérogis prison, south of Paris.His lawyers have ...

Rape-accused Tariq Ramadan’s lawyers request release, claim health reasons

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Rape-accused Tariq Ramadan's lawyers have claimed that the Swiss Islamist scholar was suffering from multiple sclerosis and have therefore requested his release under bail. But an appeals court in Paris which was examining his appeal against his detention on remand ordered an independent medical report on his health situation. The court refused as well to issue him a special visit permit, according to French outlets quoting his lawyers, outside what the law grants him with in regards to his ...

Macron boots French media from presidential press room

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The French presidency announced on Wednesday that it is kicking reporters out of the Elysee Palace and down the street in a move that symbolises Emmanuel Macron’s desire to keep the media at arm’s length. Reporters have had a press room inside the Elysee for the past four decades from which to cover press conferences, foreign leaders’ visits and other events. AFP and other news agencies have permanent desks there, notably allowing them to see who is arriving for meetings with ...

Wheel on Algerian plane separates during take-off, crew unaware

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The wheel on an Algerian plane fell off as it departed France’s Toulouse airport and headed to the city of Oran in Algeria earlier this week.“An Air Algerie Boeing 737-600, registration 7T-VJR performing flight AH-1077 from Toulouse (France) to Oran (Algeria), departed Toulouse's runway 32R and climbed to cruise level,” the Aviation Herald reported, adding that the incident occurred on February 8.“Enroute near Barcelona, Spanish air traffic control (ATC) informed the crew ...

‘France will strike’ if proven chemical bombs used in Syria

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that “France will strike” if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the Syrian conflict but that he had not yet seen any evidence that this was the case. “On chemical weapons, I set a red line and I reaffirm that red line,” Macron told reporters. “Today, our agencies, our armed forces have not established that chemical weapons, as set out in treaties, have been used against the civilian population.” In a ...

French foreign minister visits Iraq to discuss reconstruction

Monday, 12 February 2018

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Iraq on Monday to discuss the war-torn country's reconstruction with Iraqi officials after Baghdad declared victory against ISIS."I have come to tell you of France's support and to accompany you. We will always be there. We were there to participate in the coalition. We will also be there in the reconstruction phase," Le Drian said.France has been a key member of the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS after the jihadist group ...

French carnival under fire over ‘blackface’ night

Monday, 12 February 2018

A carnival in the northern French port of Dunkirk opened Sunday clouded by a controversy over the use of blackface after criticism from anti-racism campaigners.The weeks-long event, usually attended by tens of thousands of people, sees locals dress up and parade through the streets in costumes, with some choosing to wear black make-up and clothing to resemble African tribal figures.It is under particular scrutiny this year over the “Night of the Blacks”, a fundraising tradition ...

Touting ‘transformation’, French PM seeks investment in Dubai

Sunday, 11 February 2018

France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe promised lower taxes and a business-friendly France at a global summit in Dubai on Sunday, seeking investment from the oil-rich Gulf region. “France is undergoing great transformation”, Philippe said, addressing a thousand-strong audience at Dubai’s World Government Summit. The prime minister pledged a “favorable framework for business and investment” and a drop in corporate taxes in France. The annual summit, often ...

French Muslim quits song show over post-attack tweets

Friday, 9 February 2018

The French Muslim woman, Mennel Ibtissem, has quit The Voice, a TV singing competition in France, amid criticism of comments she posted on Facebook after Islamic extremist attacks in 2016.Ibtissem drew nationwide attention for a moving performance Saturday on The Voice of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” A French-born woman of Syrian origin who wears a turban, Ibtissem notably sang one passage in Arabic.In the ensuing days she drew criticism for Facebook messages posted after ...

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