PARIS (RNS) French leaders are echoing the message of inclusiveness. "France is not Houellebecq. It's not intolerance and fear," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said last week, referring to the controversial novelist Michel Houellebecq.
PARIS (RNS) French authorities warn that extremist groups are trying to capitalize on public anger over Gaza, at a time of growing alarm over French youths joining conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
PARIS (RNS) Besides France, Belgium has also adopted the veil ban, as have parts of Switzerland, Spain and Italy.
PARIS (RNS) The election of Rabbi Haim Korsia comes during a deeply troubled time for France's Jewish community, the largest in Europe.
(RNS) Jewish-only plots in some French cemeteries -- along with their leases -- are rapidly running out.
(RNS) Last year, a record 3,270 French Jews made aliyah -- or immigration to Israel -- a 63 percent hike from 2012. The Tibi family plans to leave Paris this summer -- for good.
PARIS (RNS) If all goes as planned, a golden-domed Russian Orthodox Church will flank the Seine River two years from now, a glittering symbol of Moscow's growing spiritual and political presence abroad.
PARIS (RNS) The Central African Republic's top Muslim and Christian clerics called Thursday for a United Nations peacekeeping force to end their country's brutal conflict.
PARIS (RNS) French comedian Dieudonne is kicking up fresh controversy with a straight-armed gesture he has tagged the "quenelle." Dieudonne claims it's anti-establishment, not anti-Semitic; Jewish groups liken it to a Nazi salute.
PARIS (RNS) After the country's top rabbi resigned after admitting to plagiarism, the search begins for a new grand rabbi to lead Europe's largest Jewish population amid questions about how inclusive French Judaism should be.
PARIS (RNS) Only one of Notre Dame Cathedral's original 10 bells survived the French Revolution, and officials hope a new set of nine replacement bells will be more befitting of "the first church of France."
EREAC, France (RNS) Elie Geffray straddles both sides of a bitter French divide over gay marriage. As a retired Catholic priest, he will bow to a church that adamantly opposes same-sex unions. But as a small village mayor, he's also willing to marry gay couples in civil ceremonies.
TUNIS, TUNISIA (RNS) Increasingly, critics say, free expression -- a cornerstone of Tunisia's 2011 revolution -- is under attack. A string of incidents has fueled an intense debate about the role of religion, artistic expression and women's rights in this once staunchly secular North African country. By Elizabeth Bryant.
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