France to enforce ban on full Muslim face veils from April

By Reuters Staff
March 3, 2011
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(A Muslim woman at a demonstration against France's banning of full face veils from public spaces, outside the French Embassy in London, September 25, 2010/Luke MacGregor)

French far-right sees boost from planned Islam debate

February 18, 2011
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(Marine Le Pen at a National Front congress in Tours January 16, 2011/Stephane Mahe)

France plans nation-wide Islam and secularism debate

February 17, 2011
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(President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris, February 16, 2011/Francois Mori)

France to renew tight bioethics limits, critics hit Catholic lobbying

February 8, 2011
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(An in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure in Warsaw, October 26, 2010/Kacper Pempel )

Italy blocks EU religious persecution text ignoring Christians

By Reuters Staff
January 31, 2011
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(Christians protest against what they say is the failure of authorities to protect them, in Cairo January 3, 2011/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Top French court rejects gay marriage appeal

By Reuters Staff
January 28, 2011

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France’s ban on same-sex marriages was upheld by the country’s constitutional authority on Friday, in a ruling that relieves the government of any obligation to grant gays the wedding rights enjoyed by heterosexuals.

Will Pew Muslim birth rate study finally silence the “Eurabia” claim?

January 27, 2011
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(Photo: Muslims who could not fit into a small Paris mosque pray in the street, a practice the French far-right has compared to the Nazi occupation, December 17, 2010/Charles Platiau)

French nun says Pope John Paul gave her ‘second birth’

By Reuters Staff
January 17, 2011

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The French Catholic nun who credits the late Pope John Paul with curing her of Parkinson’s disease said on Monday her sudden recovery came just as she was about to quit working because of her ailment.

In France, far right seizes on Muslim street prayers

By Reuters Staff
January 17, 2011

paris street prayers (Photo: Muslims pray in the street during Friday prayers near an overcrowded mosque in the Rue des Poissoniers  in Paris on December 17, 2010/Charles Platiau)

A call to prayer goes up from a loudspeaker perched on the hood of a car, and all at once hundreds of Muslim worshippers touch their foreheads to the ground, forming a sea of backs down the road. The scene is taking place not in downtown Cairo, but on a busy market street in northern Paris, a short walk from the Sacre Coeur basilica. To locals, it’s old news: some have been praying on the street, rain or shine, for decades.

European far right courts Israel in stepped-up anti-Islam drive

December 20, 2010

street prayers (Photo: Muslims pray in the street during Friday prayers near an overcrowded mosque in the Rue des Poissoniers  in Paris on December 17, 2010/Charles Platiau)

Far-right political parties in Europe are stepping up their anti-Muslim rhetoric and forging ties across borders, even going so far as to visit Israel to hail the Jewish state as a bulwark against militant Islam.