Saudi dad tells heartbreaking story about son’s rare cancer, vows to find cure

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Fate was not on Saudi teenager Yousef Yasser Khoja’s side when a rare type of cancer claimed his life and took him away from his family and loved ones. Speaking to Al, Khoja’s father explained that his “son was taken away from my embrace last year.” Since, Yousef’s father has vowed to find a cure to fight the illness, he said: “I will work hard with centers across the globe until I find a cure to this illness. Any child who survives this illness is ...

Saudi Crown Prince, French president discuss bilateral ties on phone

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, first deputy prime minister, and defense minister, made a telephone call to French President Macron, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.During the call, they discussed bilateral relations in various fields and ways of enhancing them. They also discussed the latest regional developments, SPA added.

Rape-accused Tariq Ramadan loses appeal for early release ahead of trial

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, detained in France over rape allegations by four women, has lost an appeal for early release ahead of his trial, the Paris appeals court said Tuesday. Judges had earlier this month refused bail for 55-year-old Ramadan, who is being treated behind bars for multiple sclerosis, as well as a request for release on health grounds. The Swiss citizen was not in court to hear Tuesday's ruling as his defence argued that testimony from his accusers contained ...

Top Paris restaurant probed over ‘anti-Arab discrimination’

Monday, 21 May 2018

French authorities launched an investigation Friday into accusations that a top Parisian restaurant, favored by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, systematically sought to decline reservations from Arab, African or veil-wearing customers. The Buzzfeed website reported on Thursday that L’Avenue, an ultra-chic brasserie near the famed Champs-Elysees boulevard, had “put in place a veritable system of discrimination”, notably turning down reservations from diners with ...

EU could compensate firms hit by US sanctions over Iran

Sunday, 20 May 2018

France is looking to see if the European Union could compensate European companies that might be facing sanctions by the United States for doing business with Iran, said French finance minister Bruno Le Maire on Sunday. Le Maire referred to EU rules going back to 1996 which he said could allow the EU to intervene in this manner to protect European companies against any US sanctions, adding that France wanted the EU to toughen its stance in this area. In 1996, when the ...

Platini: 1998 World Cup draw ‘trickery’ helped France avoid Brazil until final

Friday, 18 May 2018

France soccer icon Michel Platini says “a little trickery” in the 1998 World Cup draw ensured his home country would avoid Brazil until the final which it won in Paris. Platini, who led the tournament organizing committee, tells radio station France Bleu “when we organized the calendar, we did a little trickery.” He says it ensured France and Brazil would be in opposite halves of the knockout draw if each won its group. The December 1997 draw in Marseille was overseen by ...

Islam and the new anti-Semitism manifesto

Friday, 18 May 2018

The manifesto signed by some 300 figures including former French President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Manuel Valls published on 21 April 2018 in the Le Parisien claiming that the Qur’an incites Muslims to violence against Christians, Jews and unbelievers and that it ignites anti-Semitism is another example of the troubled relationship between France and Islam.Put differently, or more precisely, it reflects a hostile and unaccommodating attitude adopted by a trend in France towards Islam ...

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France to outlaw controversial food additive this year

Friday, 18 May 2018

France will forbid the use of a widely used food additive by the end of this year, after studies pointed to potential health risks for consumers, a government official told French daily Le Parisien on Friday. Brune Poirson, a junior minister in environmental ministry, said the move would remove titanium dioxide nanoparticles from candy, prepared meals and other food products.“France has already asked the European Commission to take similar measures,” Poirson told Le Parisien. The ...

France says foiled suspected terror attack

Friday, 18 May 2018

Police in France have foiled a suspected terror attack and arrested two brothers of Egyptian origin, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Friday. “There were two young people of Egyptian origin who were preparing to commit an attack, with either explosives or ricin, this very powerful poison,” the minister said on BFMTV. Collomb told BFM television Friday that authorities were tracking extremist activity on social networks, adding that they had communicated via the Telecom ...

France freezes company assets over Syria chemical weapons

Friday, 18 May 2018

France on Friday froze the assets for six months of companies based in Syria, Lebanon and China after they were linked to an alleged chemical weapons program in Syria. The businesses include Sigmatec and the Al Mahrous Group, both based in Damascus, Technolab in Lebanon, and a trading company in Guangzhou in China, according to a list published in the government’s official gazette. Two Syrian nationals will also face asset freezes, as well as a person born in Lebanon in 1977 whose ...

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