French police have banned a Facebook street gathering that encouraged invitees to eat pork and drink wine in a predominantly Muslim neighbourhood of Paris, saying the event presented a "serious risk to public order".
On the surface it looks like a picnic for young people to celebrate French heritage. But the fact that invitees are encouraged to eat pork and drink wine where Muslims gather for Friday prayers hints that a different agenda could be at work.
Melissa Bell interviews Jade Lindgaard, Journalist at Mediapart; Philip Turle, Journalist at RFI; Stefan de Vries, Correspondent for RTL4 (Dutch TV); and Bruno Jeanbart, Director of polling at OpinionWay.
Muslims in the south of France marked the end of a 60-year campaign for a mega-mosque for Marseille, a city with a high Muslim population, as the first cornerstone for the building was laid on Thursday.
Renée Kaplan interviews Amel Boubekeur, Associate Scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center; Donald Morrison, Time Magazine Contributor; José-Manuel Lamarque, journalist at France Inter Radio; and Benjamin Lancar, President of the UMP’s Youth Movement.
Renée Kaplan interviews Amel Boubekeur, Associate Scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center; Donald Morrison, Time Magazine Contributor; Mohamed-Ali Adraoui, Lecturer and Researcher at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris; and Benjamin Lancar, President of the UMP’s Youth Movement.
US authorities are expected to announce an overhaul of security measures for US-bound passengers on Friday, ditching passenger-screening for specific countries to focus instead on the use of intelligence information to identify potential terrorists.
Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, a Malaysian model who faced caning for drinking a beer, has had her sentence reduced to community service. The model had originally been sentenced to six lashes in a case that grabbed headlines around the world.