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Why is France pushing so hard on Syria?

Source : The Associated Press | 17 Sept 2013

In a secretive compound north of Paris, colored blips and blotches on a computer-screen map of Damascus depict an armored vehicle at a highway, tanks, a blown-up building in a suburban field. An unusual glimpse at France's military intelligence headquarters demonstrates how closely the French are watching what's happening in Syria - and how implicated the French government is in ending Syria's civil war.

Strasbourg's Great Mosque – a tourist magnet

Source : Guardian/UK | 16 Apr 2013

One woman asked why Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, changes dates every year. Then came a question about how Muslims calculate that the world is entering the year 1434.

France’s Hollande says not in Algeria to ‘apologize’

By Agencies | 20 Dec 2012

French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that he had not come to Algeria to offer “apologies” for crimes committed during the colonial period.

“I have not come here... to offer repentance or apologies. I have come to say what is true,” Hollande told a news conference in Algeria, on the first day of his landmark visit to the former French colony.

France Deports Imams to Protect Secularism

Source : OnIslam / 14 Dec 2012

Seeking to preserve its secular nature, the French government has enacted a new policy to deport foreign-born imams and disband faith-based groups if they are found to suffer “religious pathology”.

"The aim is not to combat opinions by force, but to detect and understand when an opinion turns into a potentially violent and criminal excess," Interior Minister Manuel Valls told a press conference cited by Reuters.

French Muslims face job discrimination: Stanford study

By Al Arabiya | 26 Nov 2012

Muslim French citizens face job discrimination compared to their Christian peers who receive two-and-a-half times more opportunities with equal qualifications, concluded a new research conducted by Stanford political science professor David Laitin.

Published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study concluded that a Christian citizen with an African heritage is two-and-a-half times more likely to get called for a job interview than an equally qualified Muslim citizen with the same ethnic background.

U.S, France recognise new Syria opposition

Source : Agencies | 14 Nov 2012

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday called the formation of a new opposition coalition in Syria an important step that would help Washington better target its help, but she stopped sort of offering full recognition or arms.

France earlier became the first European power to recognise Syria's new opposition coalition as the sole representative of its people and said on Tuesday it would look into arming rebels against President Bashar al-Assad once they form a government.

Riyadh, Paris stress need to halt Assad, Iran nuclear plan

By Jassim Abuzaid | 05 Nov 2012

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and French President François Hollande met briefly yesterday to discuss an agreement to support the Syrian opposition to topple President Bashar Assad.

Muslims call for protection after French mosque attack

Source : Agencies | 23 Oct 2012

The French Muslim Council (CFCM) urged the government on Monday to ban a far-right group that occupied a mosque on Saturday.

CFCM President Mohammed Moussaoui said the Council also wanted better protection for mosques and Muslim cemeteries against racist attacks, which he said jumped sharply in 2011 and continued to rise this year.

U.S., France boost contacts with Syrian opposition

Source : Agencies | 29 Sep 2012

The United States and France announced increased support for opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, but there was no sign that the direct military aid the rebels want to create safe havens for civilians is on the way.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a meeting of foreign ministers in New York that the United States would provide an additional $45 million in non-lethal and humanitarian aid to the Syrian opposition.

OIC shocked by cartoon, urges calm

Source : Agencies | 21 Sep 2012

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has warned that cartoons denigrating Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) published in France could trigger a new wave of anti-Western violence but urged Muslims all over the world to show restraint.

In a statement, OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu "expressed shock and dismay over" the depictions and warned they would "further exacerbate the ongoing turmoil and violence created by the release of the anti-Islam film (Innocence of Muslims)."

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