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Amid opposition from the Socialists and Greens
France intends to end nationality by birth on the island of Mayotte to limit immigration

February 20, 2024

The French authorities announced their intention to make a controversial constitutional amendment that would abolish the right of those born on the French island of Mayotte, which has a Muslim majority in the Indian Ocean, to obtain citizenship, claiming that it would help stop the illegal immigration crisis. This step was rejected by the Socialists […]

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Two migrants killed and injured in a shooting in a camp in northern France

February 19, 2024

A migrant was shot dead, and another was injured near the Loon-Plage camp in northern France, while the judicial police and the Central Office to Combat Migrant Trafficking opened an investigation. The injured person was a 33-year-old Iraqi, while the identity of the deceased was not confirmed. Dunkirk prosecutor Charlotte Hutet said on Sunday, February […]

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France: The number of asylum applications has reached record levels in 2023, and Afghans are at the forefront

February 18, 2024

The French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (Ofpra) announced that it had received “142,500 applications for international protection, including 123,400 asylum applications for the first time” during the year 2023, which represents an unprecedented increase in the number of asylum applications in France. Afghans represented the largest number of asylum seekers […]

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The French Constitutional Council rejects more than a third of the articles of a right-wing law on immigration

February 6, 2024

The French Constitutional Council rejected more than a third of the provisions contained in the controversial immigration bill that was adopted under pressure from the far-right, and while human rights organizations considered the ruling a “victory,” right-wing forces described it as a “coup by the judiciary.” French media reported that the texts rejected by the […]

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French opposition is pushing to drop “racist” immigration law

February 5, 2024

The French opposition said that the new draft immigration law raises concerns that tens of thousands, including 30,000 children, will be deprived of their social rights, because it contradicts the values ​​of “liberty, fraternity and equality” on which the French Republic is based, calling for the law to be withdrawn before it is presented to […]

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Despite the cold weather, thousands in France demonstrate against the strict immigration law

January 30, 2024

Tens of thousands demonstrated in several cities in France to protest against the controversial immigration law and demanded its withdrawal, amid criticism of the law that it adopts many far-right ideas. French media said that about 25,000 demonstrators came out in the capital Paris, despite the cold winter weather, on Sunday, January 14, to demand […]

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After being accused of “hatred”… Youcef Atal appeals his prison sentence in France

January 28, 2024

The lawyers of French club Nice Algerian football player Youcef Atal have announced appealing the suspended prison sentence issued against him, due to his support for the Palestinian cause. Atal was sentenced to an 8-month suspended sentence and a fine of 45,000 euros, on charges of incitement to hatred based on religion. The player’s lawyer, […]

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An increase in the rate of expulsion of foreigners convicted of “misdemeanors” in France during 2023

January 22, 2024

Statistics from the French Ministry of the Interior indicated that the number of “foreigners who committed misdemeanors” and were expelled from France in 2023 increased by thirty percent compared to 2022, indicating that the Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central Europe were among the most prominent regions. According to the French Interior Ministry, the number of […]

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Despite the extreme cold, a hundred immigrants in Paris live in tents next to the Seine River

January 21, 2024

About 100 migrants, most of them Sudanese, live in a random camp under a bridge on the banks of the Seine River in Paris, amid the severe cold wave hitting the country, hoping that France will include them in its plans to shelter the displaced, after they fled the hell of the civil war raging […]

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France: Prison sentence for Algerian player Youcef Atal for his solidarity with Gaza

January 16, 2024

A court in Nice in southern France sentenced Algerian football player Youcef Atal to an 8-month suspended sentence on charges of sharing “anti-Semitic content and spreading hatred based on religion” while expressing his support for Gaza at the beginning of the Israeli aggression after a surprise attack by Hamas on October 7. The ruling issued […]

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French prosecutors demand imprisonment of Algerian Youcef Atal for his solidarity with Gaza

January 10, 2024

The French Public Prosecution demanded the imprisonment of Algerian football player Youcef Atal for a 10-month-suspended sentence, and a fine of 45,000 euros, on charges of incitement to violence and hatred, due to his solidarity with Palestine. Youcef Atal will be obliged to publish the penalty imposed on him on his personal Instagram account for […]

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Human rights activists considered it a “historic failure”: The European Union reaches an agreement on reforming the immigration system

January 7, 2024

European Parliaments and European Union member states reached an agreement on reforming the immigration system after long and arduous negotiations, but human rights organizations considered that “this agreement constitutes a historic failure” and “will cause more deaths at sea.” On December 19, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised this “historic agreement” on the […]

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