New law against online hate speech causes stir in Germany as AfD politician’s twitter is suspended

On January 1, 2018, a new law went into effect in Germany with the aim of curbing 'fake news' and hate speech online. The Act for the Improvement of Law Enforcement on Social Networks – thankfully shortened in common parlance to the Network Enforcement...

Observers express disappointment with annulment of Christine Boutin sentence

In April 2014 former politician Christine Boutin remarked during an interview that "homosexuality is an abomination." In December 2015 Boutin was ordered to pay 5,000 euros in fines for her remarks. This Tuesday, the Appeals Court annulled its original sentence for "provocation of hate or...

Scholars, Twitter community, express support for Leïla Slimani

A public letter signed by more than 100 French women that denounced the #MeToo movement has sparked debate over everything from the appropriate limits of flirtation to the extent to which the French should absorb American sexual norms. Among those who disagreed with the public letter was Leïla...

Killing of 15-year-old girl lays bare the dilemmas surrounding crimes committed by refugees in...

The death of a 15-year-old girl, stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend in a drugstore in the German town of Kandel, has not only sparked a public outcry but also become a case of...

Ofsted criticised for decision to question primary school girls wearing the hijab

The head of Ofsted says the hijab “could be interpreted as sexualisation of young girls”.

Religious leaders respond to Boubakeur’s Elysée absence

Several Muslim leaders have reacted to Dalil Boubakeur's absence at the Elysée's annual meeting with France's religious leaders. "The message is clear," said one of the Muslim community's principal figures, "there is no longer...

Elysée responds to Dalil Boubakeur

Displeased that its rector Dalil Boubakeur was not invited to Emmanual Macron's annual meeting with the country's religious authorities, the Grand Mosque of Paris (GMP) announced its withdrawal from the French Council of the Muslim...

Ahmed Aboutaleb Pleads for “Patience” in Debate About Role of Islam in Dutch Society

The Dutch-Moroccan Aboutaleb, who has been mayor of Rotterdam since 2009, has pleaded for “patience” and ‘calmness’ in the debate about the role of Islam in society. He has been recently interviewed by Dutch...

Doctor, fired from hospital for beard, loses in court

The request of a trainee doctor practicing at the Saint-Denis hospital center, fired in February 2014 because his beard was deemed "religiously ostentatious," was rejected by the Administrative Appeal Court of Versailles in a...

Daech ‘soldier’ Emilie König arrested in Syria, seeks repatriation

Emilie König, a 33 year old Breton known as "the most wanted woman in France," had been the target of American and international security forces for several years. She has been arrested in Syria...

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