France launches first strikes on ISIL in Iraq

France has carried out its first air strikes in Iraq against positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, joining a US-led operation to defeat the rebel group. In a statement issued on Friday, French President Francois Hollande said the strike destroyed a logistics depot held by ISIL.[…]

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France urges ‘global fight’ against IS

French President Francois Hollande has called for a global response to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), saying it posed a security threat the world over as he opened a conference on Iraq, bringing together members of a US-led coalition. “[The threat] is global so the[…]

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France bans Muslim worker from nuclear sites

A French court has upheld a ban on a Muslim engineer from accessing nuclear sites, citing his links with what it termed as “jihadist networks”, but his lawyer called it a case of Islamophobia. Lawyer Sefen Guez Guez told AFP news agency on Monday that he was looking at launching[…]

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France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

France has said it is ready to welcome Christians fleeing the area of Iraq controlled by Islamic State (IS) fighters, saying it is “outraged” by their persecution. Islamic State fighters seized large swaths of northern Iraq last month, prompting hundreds of Christian families in Mosul to flee a city which[…]

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