Samuel Paty

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French prime minister Jean Castex said Islamist separatism ‘is all the more dangerous because it is the manifestation of a conscious, theorised, politico-religious plan whose ambition is to impose religious rules on common law’. Photograph: Charles Platiau/EPA/Pool Maxppp Out

The French government marked the 115th anniversary of the Law on Separation of Church and State on Wednesday by adopting in cabinet a controversial dr(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron  greets Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi upon his arrival at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron flip-flopped again regarding human rights in Egypt during the state visit to Paris of Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah(...)

 People lay flowers and candles in front of an impromptu memorial for the victims of the  November 13th terrorist attacks set up near the Bataclan concert venue in Paris, in November 2015. File photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Five years after Islamist killers carried out post-war France’s deadliest attack, its prime minister on Friday paid tribute to the victims, with the c(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron:  Citizens ‘won’t be able to accept for a long time that internal borders are kept open if we do not reform the Schengen area in depth’. Photograph: AP

Europe should overhaul its open border system, ramp up policing at its external frontiers and crack down on extremism, the leaders of France and Austr(...)

Pedestrians pass a poster depicting French teacher Samuel Paty placed in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 30kms northwest of Paris following the decapitation of the teacher. Photograph: Thomas Coex/Getty Images

Our Constitution guarantees freedom of religious belief to all citizens and provides that the State will not endow any particular religion. In the 19(...)

Macron’s reaction to the decapitation of the school teacher Samuel Paty on October 16th consisted of a strong reaffirmation of core values of the Republic – “laïcité”, secularism, and a Voltairian absolute right to free speech, including the right to blaspheme. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure /AFP via Getty Images

A weekend interview by Emmanuel Macron saw France’s combative president in a more bridge-building, conciliatory mode. Following a series of speeches i(...)

Lebanese Muslims carry placards reading ‘Except God’s messenger’ during an anti-France protest in front the French embassy in Beirut. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he respected Muslims who were shocked by cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad but that was no excuse for(...)

Security and emergency personnel  in Lyon at the scene where an attacker armed with a sawn-off shotgun wounded an Orthodox priest in a shooting before fleeing, said a police source. Photograph: AFP

A Greek Orthodox priest was shot and injured on Saturday at a church in the centre of the French city of Lyon by an assailant who then fled, a police (...)

A parishioner in front of the  Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice on Thursday after a man killed three people and wounded several others in a knife attack. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images

France has warned all its citizens abroad of the danger of Islamist attacks – “wherever they are, because the threat is everywhere,” said foreign mini(...)

French police block  access to the Notre Dame de l’Assomption basilica in Nice after   Brahim Aouissaoui killed  three people at the church. Photograph:  Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images

The Tunisian who killed three in an attack at a church in Nice, France, has been condemned by Arab and Muslim leaders, who argue he does not represent(...)

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