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    French Professor Calls to "Assassinate" Erdogan

    Philippe Moreau Defarges says killing Turkey's president in the context of a civil war would be a legitimate way to remove him from power.


    A French political scientist has caused outrage in Turkey after calling for the assassination of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on live television.

    Professor Philippe Moreau Defarges
    , a researcher at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), suggested the method after Erdogan-backed constitutional reforms were approved by the the Turkish public in a referendum last week.

    The referendum paved the way for Turkey to transform its parliamentary system to a presidential system, having gained 51.4 percent of the votes.

    Speaking on French broadcaster BFM, Defarges also insisted that the assassination of Erdogan in the context of a civil war would be a legitimate move.

    Following his comments, many Turkish citizens living in France tweeted that they were going to launch complaints to the relevant authorities.

    Defarges was criticised by Feiza Ben Mohamed, the ex-spokesman of the Federation of Muslims of the South of France, who tweeted that the former French diplomat’s call was “an incitement to a terrorist attack, no more and no less.”

    International law professor Masut Hakki Casin told TRT that Defarges’ comments were “a crime” against both UN and EU legal agreements.

    He also called on the French authorities to launch an investigation, pointing out that Germany also started legal proceedings for a similar incident last year when a German satirist insulted the Turkish president on a state broadcaster.

    “If the French state does not act on this professor, in the future whenever there are attacks targeting President Erdogan, the French state will be held accountable under international law,” Casin said.

    Casin asked if Defarges would use the same language if French far-right politician Marine Le Pen won the French presidential elections, or if the same solution would be proposed to prevent the Brexit.

    “Calling for the assassination of a president who was democratically elected is very dangerous,” he added.



    Look at this terrorist. Imagine a Muslims professor called for the assassination of a western leader. The atheist and secular brigade would be jumping up and down as to how Islam needs to be reformed and changed.

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    Paris mosque: Christianist Terrorist held after 'trying to ram crowd with vehicle'

    29 June 2017

    A man has been arrested in Paris after trying to drive his vehicle into a crowd outside a mosque, police say.

    The incident took place at about 18:30 local time (16:30 GMT) in the suburb of Créteil and no-one was hurt.

    The man was apparently thwarted by barriers put up to protect the mosque.

    The suspect's motives remain unclear but Le Parisien newspaper reported that he was of Armenian origin and had said he wanted to avenge Islamist-linked attacks in Paris.

    A police statement said the suspect's 4x4 vehicle repeatedly struck bollards and barriers designed to protect the mosque in the south-eastern suburb of the French capital.

    The car sped off but crashed and the man fled before being arrested shortly afterwards.

    He did not appear to be acting under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Le Parisien said.

    It reported that the suspect had said he wanted to avenge attacks on the Bataclan theatre and Champs-Élysées, both linked to so-called Islamic State.


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    Gunmen [Christianist Terrorist] open fire on crowd outside mosque in France leaving eight injured

    Police in Avignon confirmed two hooded men arrived in a car before shooting into the crowd at random

    By Steve Robson - 2 JUL 2017

    Two gunmen [Christinists] opened fire on a crowd outside a mosque in south France leaving eight injured.

    Police in Avignon are now searching for the suspects who fled the scene.

    Two 'hooded' men arrived at the scene outside Arrahma mosque at around 10.30pm in a Renault Clio, La Provence newspaper reports.

    One was armed with a handgun and the other with a rifle.

    People were leaving the mosque when one of the men, who had got out of his vehicle, opened fire.

    At least four people were injured as the crowd ran away in a panic.

    A family-of-four were in a nearby apartment which was hit by 'shrapnel'.

    A 7-year-old girl was among those to suffer injuries.

    Police and firefighters remain on the scene.

    La Provence later said [Anglo Christianist] police "completely dismissed" any possibility of the shooting being a terrorist attack.

    The local prosecutor said initial accounts pointed towards a dispute between young people.


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    FRANCE – Why Are Jews At The Head Of ALL Islamic Institutions?

    On Thursday 08 December 2016, the French newspaper Le Figaro published an article about the highly anticipated creation of the Foundation of Islam (in French).

    It is has now been officially launched with the new Interior Minister’s warm blessings. The president of this new ‘Islamic’ foundation is Jean-Pierre Chevènement and its main financier is Serge Dassault.

    Serge Dassault

    He is an israel-firster jew and a very well known figure in France. He is an arm-dealer and the CEO of the main French military industrial complex, The Groupe Dassault which has been praised time and again by the jews for its vital role during the Six Days War.

    He also happens to own some of France’s main newspapers and the ‘arabic’ radio station called ‘Radio Beur FM’.

    His career is paved with scandals of money laundering and tax evasion but that did not prevent him from becoming a senator.

    Jean-Pierre Chevènement

    A jew, he is also a known political figure. Having held several different offices (Defense, Interior), he distinguished himself for his very close bond and work with the several jewish institution dictating French politics.

    He is married to Nisa Grunberg, the daughter of the former head of the jewish community of Cairo, Egypt. His brother-in-law, Hermann Grunberg is the former CEO of the ‘Franco-American’ jewish bank, Lazard Bank.

    His son Raphael, a script-writer is also an israel-firster and openly arch-zionist.


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    Womeniser French President

    Naked women 'burning with desire' lined up to have sex with Jacques Chirac in his official plane, new book on former French president claims

    • MPs, ministers, councillors and middle-class girls were 'brought to him on plate'
    • The book, written by Arnaud Ardoin, is called President, the Night has Fallen
    • Married Chirac, 84, had a string of mistresses, according to the French author
    • He was allegedly nicknamed Three Minutes Shower Included due to his ways

    Naked women who were ‘burning with desire’ would line up to have sex with former French president Jacques Chirac in his official plane, according to an explosive new book.

    They included ‘MPs, ministers, councillors, middle class girls from the provinces and unknowns who were brought to him on a plate,’ writes author Arnaud Ardoin.

    Using sources at the heart of the French establishment, Mr Ardoin provides shocking insights into the affairs and orgies regularly enjoyed by heads of state in his home country.

    His book, ‘President, the Night has just Fallen’, Mr Ardoin paints a picture of debauchery at the highest level of government.

    The married Mr Chirac, who is now 84, had a string of mistresses and was nicknamed ‘Three Minutes Shower Included’ because of his promiscuity – not to say outrageous sexism.

    ‘He rode women without preliminaries,’ Mr Ardoin writes. ‘Because time was pressing, because quantity had taken priority over quantity’.

    It was on the official presidential jet that Mr Chirac, who was president from 1995 to 2007, was particularly rampant as he cheated on his long-suffering wife, Bernadette Chirac.

    The book reads: ‘There were the regulars, the favourites, the appetisers who managed to cross the security markers to approach the president.

    ‘Others who shared the same plane as the president would wait naked in his private space, burning with desire.’

    On a trip to the French overseas territory of Reunion Island, Mr Chirac whispered to a young woman who asked for his autograph: ‘Come up to my room if you want’.

    Mr Chirac had two daughters with Bernadette, but seldom played the conventional family man, let alone the respectable conservative politician.

    On the night that Princess Diana died following a Paris car crash in 1997, he could not be reached because he was in bed with the Italian film star Claudia Cardinale.

    Such steamy revelations have had little great impact in France, where presidents are notorious for their busy sex lives.

    Mr Chirac’s predecessor, Socialist president Francois Mitterand, kept a mistress and ‘secret’ daughter at the expense of the taxpayer.

    When Mr Chirac retired, his successor Nicolas Sarkozy also used his position at the Elysee Palace to pursue attractive women.

    Mr Sarkozy was well known for his affairs, and after divorcing while in office he made former supermodel and pop singer Carla Bruni his third wife.

    Then Francois Hollande, another Socialist head of state, was caught out cheating on his live-in girlfriend Valerie Trierwieler, a political affairs journalist, with the TV actress Julie Gayet.

    Emmanuel Macron, the current president, shows no sign of keeping up the tradition of infidelity.

    The 39-year-old is happily married to his old schoolteacher, Brigitte Macron, 64.

    Mr Chirac became a convicted criminal in 2011 after being given a two year suspended prison sentence for fraud. Despite this – and his sexual shenanigans – he remains a hugely popular figure among most French people.

    Mr Ardoin’s book is mainly based on interviews with the late Daniel Le Conte, once a senior aide to Mr Chirac.



    The leader represents his people and these are the leaders of the western secular world that bans those who want to live in modesty.

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    France charges eight [Christian terrorists] over [terrorist] plot targeting politicians and mosques

    Eight men, including three minors, charged following investigation into far right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques

    France has charged eight men, including three minors, following an investigation into far right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques, prosecutors announced on Saturday in Paris.

    The men, aged between 17 and 29, are accused of being party to a “criminal terrorist conspiracy”, and of links to Logan Alexandre Nisin, a militant who was arrested near Marseille in June.

    Nisin is the founder of a group dubbed OAS. He was detained after posting that he planned to attack black people, jihadists, migrants and “scum”.

    The 21-year-old had earlier come to the attention of French authorities as the administrator of a Facebook page glorifying neo-Nazi Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage in 2011 in Norway.

    The prosecutor’s office in Paris said the group formed by Nisin “had plans to commit violent actions with vague outlines”.

    Anti-terror police had arrested 10 people on Tuesday over the alleged plot, but two of them, including Nisin’s mother, were released, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

    Among the potential targets for attacks were places of worship, including mosques, politicians, “people of North African descent or black people” and “anti-fascist” activists, a source said.

    “The organisation was planning purchases of weapons and paramilitary training. Some were already trained in shooting,” the source added.

    OAS was the acronym for the Secret Army Organisation, a French far right paramilitary group that fought to stop Algerian independence.

    Nisin was formerly active in the far right political group Action Francaise.

    France remains under an enhanced security status. Parliament on Wednesday adopted a tough anti-terror bill which replaced a state of emergency imposed in 2015 after jihadist attacks in Paris.


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    Thousands Rise Up Against Rothschild Owned President In Paris

    November 8, 2017

    Thousands of French citizens took to the streets of Paris in a massive uprising against ‘Rothschild-owned’ president Emmanuel Macron and his public sector reforms.

    Riot police were deployed as crowds took over the streets in huge numbers.

    Strikes were held in a number of cities across France as civil servants, teachers and nurses marched in places like Toulouse, Strasbourg and the capital Paris.

    They marched to mark their opposition to the social and economic reforms the President is attempting to introduce which he says will unlock economic growth and put public finances on a more sustainable footing.

    Ugly scenes of violence broke out in the French capital, including the smashing of a bank’s windows by marked protestors were met with riot police armed with shields and batons.

    It is the first time in a decade that all unions representing more than 5 million public workers have rallied behind a protest call.

    Turnout is an important indicator of public appetite for protest against Mr Macron’s social and economic reforms, which the former investment banker says are needed to put public finances on a more sustainable footing.

    While unions said some 400,000 people turned out across the country, police estimates across cities appeared substantially lower than the unions.

    The interior ministry has yet to communicate a figure, but the economy ministry said some just 14 percent of state civil servants had been on strike and just 9.5 per cent in local administration.

    Protests last month against labour law reform that were led by private sector unions failed to persuade Macron to change policy course, but the French labour movement has traditionally been more muscular in the public sector.

    “We want to make our voices heard after months and months of attacks against the public sector and its workers,” said Mylene Jacquot, head of the civil servants’ federation at the moderate CFDT, France’s biggest trade union.

    “In particular, we want to force the government to make good on its promise regarding our spending power.”

    Strike notices were lodged in schools, hospitals, airports and government ministries over plans to axe 120,000 jobs, freeze pay and reduce sick leave compensation.

    The civil aviation authority said 30 percent of flights at airports nationwide had been cancelled but there was no disruption on the rail network.

    The Ministry of Education said fewer than one in five teachers were on strike.

    Mr Macron, 39, has come under fire in recent days from political opponents and the unions for treating workers with contempt after he was recorded describing a group of workers at a struggling factory as “kicking up a bloody mess”.

    That misstep came weeks after he called those who resisted reform “slackers”.

    As crowds gathered near Paris’s Place de la Republique, protesters held aloft a placard with portraits of Mr Macron, his prime minister and finance minister reading: “The ones kicking up the bloody mess.”

    Minor scuffles broke out between protesters and security services.

    Unions have been divided over Macron’s reforms so far, with only the Communist Party-rooted CGT spearheading street demonstrations against the loosening of employment laws.

    In Lyon, Force Ouvriere union boss Jean-Claude Mailly said he would not support the CGT’s call for the labour law decrees to be scrapped after weeks of negotiations between government and unions. But he said there would be other battles to fight with a united front.

    Mr Mailly said: ”There are other issues ahead: unemployment insurance, pension reform, the matter of public services.”


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    French politicians lead protest to stop Muslims praying Jummah in public

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    More than a hundred French politicians led by a local mayor of Paris have marched through a suburban street in the capital city in protest against Muslims holding Friday prayers in public.

    The politicians wore tricolour sashes of office and sang the national anthem as they disrupted more 200 Muslim worshippers praying Jummah on a street in Clichy last Friday afternoon.

    The right-wing mayor of Clichy, Remi Muzeau, led the march with dozens of MPs in protest against the presence of worshippers praying on the town’s market square every Friday for the past nine months.

    A line of riot police separated the two groups and at one point tensions appeared to have boiled over.

    Théo Maneval, a reporter for the Europe1 radio news site described the scenes as “bizarre” and “surreal” as the elected officials appeared to try and physically displace those praying by marching right through them.

    Mr Maneval tweeted: “It’s getting even more surreal, as the elected officials with their sashes try to jostle the people praying. Movement of crowd, jostling, people falling … The police intervene.”

    Mayor Muzeau was happy with the protest. He said: “We did what the police should have done a long time ago.”

    Critics say the prayers are an unacceptable use of public space in France’s notorious secular system.

    The worshippers, however, say they have nowhere else to go since the town hall took over the room they used for prayers back in March.

    One of the worshippers, Abdelkader, told AFP news agency that they wanted a “dignified” place to worship and did not enjoy being in the street every Friday.

    He said he resented the politicians singing the French national anthem during their protest.

    “They were singing the Marseillaise, throwing it in our faces, even though we’re French people here. We’re French. Long live France!” he said.



    These secular extremist first closed down their mosques and now they can't stand the Muslims praying in the streets. And these fascists claim to be so called champions of freedom and democracy.

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    France to stop Muslims praying in the street, interior minister says

    Mosque shortages lead worshippers to pray on roads

    by Harriet Agerholm - 11/21/2017

    France will stop Muslims from praying in a Paris suburb
    , the interior minister has said, following skirmishes between worshippers and authorities.

    Tensions have grown in recent weeks, with residents of the multi-ethnic Clichy-la-Garenne protesting street-prayers.

    Worshippers began praying on the roads in March to protest the closure of a local mosque which was turned into a library.

    The dispute underlined mosque shortages in the country and worshippers accused authorities of not offering land suitable land for Islamic centres.

    "They will not have prayers on the street, we will prevent street praying,"
    Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told Questions Politics.

    Yet he acknowledged the need for more mosques, saying: "Muslims must have a place to pray". He promised to resolve the conflict within the coming weeks.

    Earlier in November, right-wing mayor Remi Muzeau led around 100 people in a demonstration against street-prayers.

    As worshippers chanted "Allahhu akbar", or "God is great", the protesters – some holding crucifixes aloft – sang the French national anthem.

    Police with shields intervened to separate the two groups, and the Muslims were able to continue their prayers.

    Building new mosques for France's estimated five-million Muslims is controversial in the secular country, which strictly regulates religious expressions.

    Muslims in a number of towns have resorted to praying in the streets, fuelling anti-Islam sentiment touted by France's Front National (FN).

    FN leader Marine Le Pen in 2011 compared Muslims praying in the streets to Nazi occupation during the Second World War. She was prosecuted for inciting hatred, but later acquitted.


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    France: Court orders halal supermarket in Paris to close because it does not sell pork or wine

    Lawyer argued alcohol 'not part of the general diet'

    by Samuel Osborne - 12/5/2017

    France has ordered a halal supermarket in Paris to close because it does not sell pork or wine.

    The Good Price mini-market in Colombes did not comply with the conditions of its lease, which stated the shop must act as a "general food store," the Court of Nanterre ruled.

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    The local authority argued members of the local community were not being served properly because the shop did not sell pork or alcohol products.

    A bailiff's report said the store almost exclusively stocked halal products.

    When the manager was questioned at the time, he said: "It's business. I look around me and I target what I see."

    His lawyer argued alcohol "is not part of the general diet" and the store had no obligations to sell it as it was only a complement to food.

    The court said the products the shop stocked were "restrictive and did not fit the broad concept of general good."

    It ordered the termination of the store's lease and ordered the eviction of the tenants.

    The manager was ordered to pay €4,000 to the local authority in legal costs.



    So, will they shut down supermarkets that don't serve halal products?! Obviously they're discriminating against Muslims and non-Muslims who want to eat halal products....especially meat.

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    French Hospital Rejects Muslim Trainee Doctor Over His Beard

    by David Chazan - 1 January 2018

    A Paris hospital’s decision to reject an Egyptian trainee doctor because of his beard has been backed by a court
    , which agreed that patients might have seen it as a religious symbol.

    Public hospitals, like other state institutions, must remain secular under France law, and staff are banned from wearing obvious religious symbols such as headscarves.

    Nawel Gafsia, a lawyer acting for the doctor, named only as Mohamed A., argued unsuccessfully that the 2-inch beard did not necessarily indicate his religious practices. “My client could have been a hipster,”
    Ms Gafsia said.

    However, the 35-year-old doctor himself “did not deny that his physical appearance was likely to indicate conspicuously a religious conviction,” according to a written judgement by the Versailles appeals court.

    Mohamed A. was sent from Menoufia University in northern Egypt for a one-year training course at Saint-Denis hospital in September 2013.

    In October, hospital managers told him to trim his beard “so that it could not be seen by staff and users of the public service as an obvious sign of a religious affiliation incompatible with the principles of secularity and neutrality of the public service,” according to court documents.

    They repeated the request two weeks later and terminated his training course in February 2014 after he failed to comply.

    Ms Gafsia, who was asked to take the case by an anti-discrimination group, the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, said the doctor managed to transfer to the Paul Brousse hospital where he completed his course and no one objected to his beard.

    “It was the personal judgement of the director of Saint-Louis Hospital that posed a problem,” she said, adding that her client would lodge an appeal with France’s highest administrative court, the Council of State.

    In 2016 the Council overturned bans on the ‘burkini’, a full-body swimsuit worn by some Muslim women, that had been imposed by about 30 beach resorts on the French Riviera.

    It ruled that the bans, which provoked international criticism and ridicule, constituted “a serious and illegal violation of fundamental freedoms.”



    This is not secularism. Secularism would be not caring what people wear. This is anti-religion that they ban all things considered religious.

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    Macron Vows to Reform Islam in France

    "It is time to bring in a new generation."

    - The overall objective of President Macron's plan is to ensure that French law takes precedence over Islamic law for Muslims living in the country.

    - The plan, as currently conceived, is vague and short on details, but appears to involve three broad pillars: determining who will represent Muslims in France; delineating how Islam in France will be financed; and defining how imams in France will be trained.

    According to Macron, the plan, similar in ambition to Austria's Islam Law, is aimed at seeking to "better integrate" Islam in France in order to "place it in a more peaceful relationship with the state."

    A key priority is to reduce outside interference by restricting foreign funding for mosques, imams and Muslim organizations in France. The plan's overall objective is to ensure that French law takes precedence over Islamic law for Muslims living in the country.

    In a February 11 interview with the Journal du Dimanche, Macron said that the plan, which is being coordinated by the Interior Ministry, will be announced within the next six months: "We are working on the structuring of Islam in France and also on how to explain it," Macron said. "My goal is to rediscover what lies at the heart of secularism—the possibility of being able to believe as well as not to believe—in order to preserve national cohesion and the possibility of having free religious conscience."

    Macron also said that he was consulting a broad array of experts and religious leaders for their input into the reform plan: "I see intellectuals and academics, such as [French Islam expert] Gilles Kepel, and representatives of all religions, because I think we need to draw heavily on our history, the history of Catholics and Protestants." He added:

    "I will never ask any French citizen to be moderate in his religion or to believe moderately in his God. That would not make much sense. But I will ask everyone, constantly, to absolutely respect all the rules of the Republic."

    Macron's plan, as currently conceived, is vague and short on details, but appears to involve three broad pillars: determining who will represent Muslims in France; delineating how Islam in France will be financed; and defining how imams in France will be trained.

    Representation of Muslims in France

    A key aspect of Macron's plan is to reform the French Council of the Muslim Faith (Conseil français du culte musulman, CFCM), the official interlocutor between Muslims and the state in the regulation of Islam in France. The organization, which represents approximately 2,500 mosques in France, was established in 2003 by then Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy.

    The CFCM has long faced criticism for being ineffective and contentious, largely because the rotating presidency has allowed interference by foreign countries—mainly Algeria, Morocco and Turkey—seemingly to prevent Muslims from integrating into French society. Macron said the objective was to end what he called "consular Islam" and to open the CFCM to "the most integrated" Muslims.

    Macron's plan also reportedly involves establishing a "Grand Imam of France," modeled on the position of Chief Rabbi. The individual would have the "moral authority" to represent Islam in front of the state. It remains unclear how such an individual would reconcile the competing strains of Islam to be able to represent them all.

    Financing Islam in France

    Macron's second priority is to "reduce the influence of Arab countries," which, he argues, "prevent French Islam from returning to modernity." His plan would restrict foreign governments or entities from funding Muslim places of worship and training imams in France. Hundreds of French mosques are being financed by countries in the North African Maghreb and Persian Gulf.

    The new plan would also attempt to illuminate the financial dealings of mosques by bringing them under the jurisdiction of a French law that regulates cultural associations. French mosques currently adhere to a law that regulates non-profit associations, which allows for more opaque bookkeeping.

    Training Imams in France

    Several hundred imams in France are civil servants whose salaries are paid by foreign governments. Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said the French government "should intervene" in the training of imams so that they are "imams of the French Republic," not "imams of foreign countries."

    Macron's plan has been received with a mix of optimism, skepticism and derision.


    Comments: A country suffering from secular extremism is going to reform Islam? All these kuffars are trying to water down Islam like Christianity to nothing more than a personal religion you practice at home and once a week at the mosque and nothing more.

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    Yasir Qadhi blasts French authorities over Tariq Ramadan treatment

    The American Muslim theologian Yasir Qadhi has condemned the French authorities and media for their treatment of Professor Tariq Ramadan who has been incarcerated in France without formal charge in an unknown location.

    In a Facebook post today Dr Qadhi said French authorities, media and politicians are treating him with clear hatred and bigotry.

    The Swiss Muslim academic has been accused of rape and sexual assault by two women, allegations he strongly denies.

    Dr Qadhi also chided those who are not supporting Professor Ramadan due to the cases of others who have had sexual assault claims made against them.

    Here is his statement in full:

    Tariq Ramadan is someone whom I have had the opportunity to benefit from, meet with many times, and consider as a friend.

    While I am greatly saddened by the allegations that have been made against him, and I sincerely pray that those allegations are completely false (and of late there have been many disturbing inconsistencies in those allegations, and blatant disregard for police protocol that needs to be answered), the purpose of this post has absolutely nothing to do with those allegations, and everything to do with the clear hatred and bigotry that the French authorities, politicians, justice system and media are treating him with.

    Regardless of whether those allegations are true or not (and I pray that the truth comes to light and that justice is served), here are the issues that I and many others see as clear violations of protocol:

    – he was arrested by the police after he VOLUNTARILY went to the police station for questioning. Typically arrests are not done in similar cases.

    – he has been held in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, in a MAXIMUM SECURITY lockdown, when that is never done for such cases. He does not present a threat to anyone else, and certainly doesn’t warrant such harsh measures as a prisoner.

    – he has been DENIED FAMILY VISITATION RIGHTS, and his wife and children have still not seen him after more than two weeks. Again, this is simply unheard of in any other similar situation.

    – two days ago, a French judge DENIED him medical release from prison despite the fact that it was deemed medically unsuitable as the prison could not cater to his deteriorating medical situation.

    – yesterday, his medical condition (he suffers from multiple sclerosis) became so severe that he needed to be taken to the hospital, where, again, he was denied even basic visitation rights. Still, the judge refused to release him on humanitarian grounds.

    It is truly sad that some of our brothers and sisters, in their having been caught up with so many scandals and harassment claims around the world (many or most of which are true) are blinded by their hurt and anger to not see these double standards for which so many of us are complaining.

    Once again, THIS IS NOT ABOUT WHETHER DR RAMADAN IS GUILTY OR NOT. (Still, I know in the comments below so many people will bring in that issue). This is about the clear animosity that is being shown to him by the entire French judicial system, and the inhumane treatment that is being meted out to him, merely because of who he is and what he represents. If he is guilty, he should be treated like any other French person charged with the same types of insinuations, not the current way that he is being treated.

    Here are the action items for those who want to do something:

    1. Please SIGN the online petition,

    2. Tweet at various politicians and the French Embassies and Consuls with the hashtag #FreeTariqRamadan

    3. Raise awareness of these issues on your social media.

    4. Write a note to his family that he, and they, are in your duas. https://www.freetariqramadan.com/contact

    May Allah help all those who are unjustly targeted and protect them and their families!


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    Sarkozy's sordid "affair" with Gaddafi's funds

    The former French President is accused of receiving money for his presidential campaigns from the former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi. But the claims go further to say the 2011 Libya military operation was initiated to undermine the alleged ties.

    On Wednesday, March 21, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation for corruption; for misuse of Libyan public funds in allegedly accepting money from the late Muammar Gaddafi, to help finance his 2007 presidential election campaign.

    Investigators are examining claims that Gaddafi's regime secretly gave Sarkozy $61.7 million - a sum that is more than double the campaign funding limit of $25.9 million, the legal limit at the time (presently increased to $27.1 million).

    These alleged payments also would have violated France’s rules against acceptance of foreign financing for presidential elections. They would have failed to meet French strictures requiring a clear declaration of the source of all campaign funds.

    Sarkozy, who served as France’s President from 2007-2012, faces his second judicial investigation.

    His first investigation was a trial on separate charges of illicit spending overruns during his failed re-election campaign of 2012.

    French media reports that Sarkozy tried to bribe the judge in the first case against him. No judgement has been issued on these financial and legal shenanigans, so the first case remains open.

    As for the second case, comprising even more serious allegations
    of having accepted money for the campaign from the late Colonel Gaddafi, Sarkozy’s case has now reached a turning-point from a legal perspective, as he has been taken into police custody (or ‘garde à vue’).

    Indeed, it is the first time that the former president has appeared before an investigating judge while being held in police custody, since the opening of the case in April 2013.

    Nicolas Sarkozy has denied, and continues to deny, all accusations that have been levelled against him.

    Follow the money

    In April 2012, the French website Mediapart published an interview with a Franco-Lebanese businessman, Ziad Takieddine, who claimed that he had transferred around $6 million from Gaddafi's feared former intelligence head Abdullah Senussi to Sarkozy's campaign chief Claude Gueant.

    France opened an inquiry into this case as far back as 2013.

    Four years later, in November 2016, Mediapart again published a video interview with Takieddine.

    He said he was given around $6 million in Tripoli by Gaddafi's intelligence head Senussi on trips to Tripoli in 2006 and 2007. He added that he himself had given the money - in the rather startling form of suitcases stuffed with cash - to both Nicolas Sarkozy and to Claude Gueant (Sarkozy’s former Chief of Staff) on three separate occasions.

    Takieddine claimed that these cash handovers took place in the Interior Ministry, at a time when Sarkozy was the Minister of the Interior.

    Takieddine made these accusations when Sarkozy was running in the French presidential election, hoping to become the main candidate of France’s right-wing party Les Republicains (former UMP). However, Sarkozy lost in the first round, coming in third behind Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe.

    One should not forget that Francois Fillon’s own presidential campaign was destroyed by corruption allegations, by employing his wife Penelope as a parliamentary aide and getting her a job at a literary review owned by a friend, he also employed two of his children as parliamentary assistants.

    ‘Penelope-Gate,’ resulted in Fillon losing the public's confidence and the vote was won by the new and young political incumbent, Emmanuel Macron.

    Last week, Mediapart celebrated its tenth anniversary, and the Sarkozy-Libyan affair remains one of its most high-profile and ongoing investigations. The website received a great deal of criticism for breaking this story, most notably from Sarkozy’s supporters, former ministers, and from many other right-wing politicians.

    The investigation over Sarkozy’s 2007 campaign is not over yet.

    The head of Mediapart, Edwy Plenel (a former-editor-in-chief of France’s prestigious Le Monde newspaper, and a seasoned journalist and writer), revealed a few weeks ago that Nicolas Sarkozy had been financed by Muammar Gaddafi.

    Plenel added that this constitutes a massive story, if it was found that a French President - an elected representative - had gone to war against Libya, with the debased aim of having his own financial slate wiped clean.

    On Tuesday, various Les Republicains Party members defended Sarkozy, claiming that he was innocent, backing him with an official statement of solidarity on their webpage.

    In 2012, after losing the election, Sarkozy announced that he would retire from politics. Instead, he came back as leader of the UMP Party; renamed it, and managed to reunite what was then a highly-divided organization.

    A few months after he took office in 2007, he became the first western leader in decades to host an official visit by Gaddafi, who was allowed to pitch his "Bedouin" tent in the Marigny Gardens immediately opposite the Elysee Palace.

    Several hefty business deals were signed on that occasion, including the sale of French military aircrafts to Libya.

    However, things started to change in 2011, when Sarkozy was leading the push for a NATO military campaign. This would culminate in Gaddafi's overthrow, and his eventual killing at the hands of rebel forces later that year, which brings up the question asked by Plenel: whether Sarkozy wanted to eliminate any evidence of his illegal cooperation with the Libyan dictator.

    French Justice

    In France, progress on the list of ‘affairs’ in which former President Sarkozy is embroiled in, is very slow-moving and even corrupt at times.

    Notwithstanding, Sarkozy is significantly implicated in two cases. He also stands accused of having allegedly put pressure on a judge to stop him from revealing details of yet another case.

    However, he is fortunate he's being investigated in France, as the French justice system is plagued by extremely long-winded, complicated, and even tortuous processes.

    Police first raided his home within days of his losing presidential immunity from prosecution in 2012 - but the wheels of justice in France turn incredibly slowly.

    Apart from speed, one reason why the French justice system has not been tough enough in this particular case, is because France is forever in the habit of protecting its former presidents, and French taxpayers have not really pressed for radical change.

    Former President Jacques Chirac, for example, still keeps a wide range of benefits - including a very generous pension; personal security, and a lifetime membership of France’s Constitutional Council. He continues to cost the French taxpayer more than a $1.2 million a year, while the bill for Nicolas Sarkozy stands at almost $2.5 million.

    At some point, no doubt, judges will be compelled to ask Sarkozy why he participated in the attack on Libya, and what his personal motivation was in helping to depose his erstwhile friend and alleged paymaster Gaddafi.

    Even though former presidents enjoy privileges, Nicolas Sarkozy is now being treated like an ordinary French citizen, as his country now believes he no longer deserves the protection usually afforded to former heads of state.


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    Muslim woman who refused handshake denied French citizenship

    An Algerian Muslim who refused to shake hands with officials during her French citizenship ceremony, has been refused the passport, in a decision that was upheld by France’s highest administrative court.

    The woman argued that her "religious beliefs" prevented her from shaking hands with a male senior official presiding over the citizenship ceremony in the southeastern Isere region in June 2016, as well as with a local politician.

    The government said her behaviour showed she was "not assimilated into the French community" - one of the reasons it can invoke under the civil code to oppose citizenship for the spouse of a French national.

    The woman, who has been married to a Frenchman since 2010, appealed the April 2017 decision, calling it an "abuse of power".

    But the Council of State, the court of last appeal in such matters, ruled the government "had not improperly applied" the law.

    Similar action was taken against a Muslim-owned supermarket in France that was shut down in December, for the owners’ decision to refuse the sale of alcohol and pork.

    Authorities said the Good Price mini-market in Colombes, located in Paris was shut down for “violating its terms of lease”.

    The supermarket is required to be a “general food store” according to its licence and must meet the needs of all of its inhabitants, meaning it must sell pork and alcohol, but that defeats the purpose of its halal credentials.

    The owner Soulemane Yalcin opened his store in 2015 and turned it into a supermarket that sells halal produce.



    Yasir Qadhi:

    What's the French word for 'racist'?

    The French revolution started out as a movement to achieve 'liberty, equality and fraternity,' but it is patently clear that those three concepts are not meant to be applied to 'ethnic' groups, and especially Muslims.

    Imagine if, in order to be a citizen of any country, a male judge demanded that a potential citizen kiss him, and then and only then she would be granted citizenship. Everyone would correctly assume that this is an affront to one's personal dignities. Well, different people have different concept of what one's personal dignity is, and for many in the Muslim faith, touching a non-mahram is something they would not feel comfortable doing.

    Hence, when a Muslim lady was about to take her oath of French citizenship, and the judge saw her hijab, he 'tested' her by extending his hand. She politely declined. In response, he refused to grant her citizenship.

    She took the judge to court, but France's equivalent of the Supreme Court upheld the judge's decision, claiming, in effect, that in order to be a French citizen, you must act improperly according to your own conscience.

    In other words, you don't have the liberty to practice your faith, you are not equal to us, and you shall not be granted membership into our fraternity.

    It is obvious that this blatant act was only done because she was a hijabi sister. They would never have tested the values and etiquette of another culture - it is only Islam that gets this double standards.

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    Egypt’s al-Azhar denounces French call to omit verses of Quran

    Al-Azhar’s deputy warned of the attempts that emerges every now and then.

    by Ashraf Abdelhamid - 28 April 2018

    Egypt’s al-Azhar has denounced calls by several prominent French figures to omit versus from the Quran.

    Several French figures, including former president Nicolas Sarkozy and former prime minister Manuel Valls, published an open-letter French Daily Le Parisien urging verses of the Quran calling for the “murder and punishment of Jews, Christians and disbelievers” to be removed.

    In response, Al-Azhar University’s deputy during a sermon on Saturday said that the Quran does not call for murder but it calls for fighting back against hostile people instead.

    Al-Azhar’s deputy warned of the attempts that emerges every now and then and added that the Quran does not include verses that orders killing anyone without committing one of the crimes that requires killing a criminal, like the intended murder or raising of weapons, indicating that Islam is not responsible when others misunderstand the verses.

    He asserted that the verses in the Quran in question regarding fighting are all referring to defense of oneself in cases of being attacked and not to attack others.

    According to Egypt Independent, the country’s Dar al-Iftaa-affiliated Observatory of Islamophobia denounced “such dangerous calls launched by some from time to time, causing attacks and antagonism against Muslims there, and creating a conflict among the people [of France]”.


    Muslims Recoil at a French Proposal to Change the Quran

    Some of France’s most prominent figures, concerned about anti-Semitism, have signed a shocking manifesto aimed at curbing it.

    by Karina Piser - 5/4/2018

    A manifesto published in the French daily Le Parisien on April 21—signed by some 300 prominent intellectuals and politicians, including former President Nicolas Sarkozy and former Prime Minister Manuel Valls—made a shocking demand. Arguing that the Quran incites violence, it insisted that “the verses of the Quran calling for murder and punishment of Jews, Christians, and nonbelievers be struck to obsolescence by religious authorities,” so that “no believer can refer to a sacred text to commit a crime.”

    Although it’s not entirely clear whether “struck to obsolescence” means wholesale deletion of verses, the manifesto was perceived as a call to abrogate Muslims’ holiest text. And although pushing for a theological reform of Islam in France is nothing new—everyone from leading imams to President Emmanuel Macron have made plans to restructure Islam—demanding that scriptural verses be deleted is another thing altogether. In Islam, the Quran is considered divinely revealed; because it’s deemed to be the word of God, altering or deleting any part of the text would be blasphemous.

    The manifesto came a month after the grisly murder of Mireille Knoll, an octogenarian Holocaust survivor who was stabbed to death in her apartment in an act authorities are calling an anti-Semitic crime. Last year, Sarah Halimi, a 67-year-old, was beaten to death and thrown out of her window, in the same area where Knoll lived. Her attacker yelled “Allahu Akbar!” as he committed the act; Knoll’s reportedly did the same. It took judicial authorities nearly a year to label Halimi’s death an anti-Semitic crime.

    France is home to the largest Jewish community in Europe. Since the early 2000s, French Jews have seen a rise in anti-Semitic acts, and although 2017 saw fewer overall incidents than 2016, those that did occur were more violent in nature. This wave of violence is part of what the manifesto’s signatories call a “new anti-Semitism”—new in that it is perpetrated not by the far right, but by French Muslims. The manifesto denounced what it characterized as the government and media’s refusals to recognize this “Muslim anti-Semitism.” It also labeled as “low-volume ethnic cleansing” the trends that have forced Jewish families to change neighborhoods, leaving suburbs, or banlieues, that are home to significant immigrant populations, and to pull their children from public schools.

    The manifesto generated an immediate outcry among Muslims in France and beyond, with critics labeling its usage of the phrase “low-volume ethnic cleansing” hyperbolic and accusing it of homogenizing all Muslims. Days after the manifesto’s release, 30 imams signed a counter-letter in Le Monde. The Observatory for Islamophobia, an organization affiliated with the Egyptian government, described the manifesto as “hateful racism” that proves that “France is not a land that welcomes Islam.” The proposal to abrogate certain verses of the Quran was most controversial of all.

    Tareq Oubrou, the prominent French imam who oversees the Grand Mosque of Bordeaux, called the characterization of the Quran “nearly blasphemous.” Viewing the scripture as anti-Semitic, he told me, is the falsified interpretation promoted by the very radicals France
    seeks to combat: “ignorant Muslims who remove texts from their historical context.” Furthermore, the notion that anti-Semitism is built into Islam is “theologically false,” he added. As monotheistic “People of the Book,” Jews and Christians enjoy a special status in Islamic law. Historically, they were considered protected dhimmi communities, which meant they were allowed to practice their own religions, although they were subject to a tax and various indignities that symbolized their subordination to Muslims.

    Rather than calling for absolute violence, Oubrou said the Quran advocates for a “defensive combat, against aggressors, within a historical context.” For instance, one verse says, “Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture—[fight] until they give the jizya [tax] willingly while they are humbled.” The Quran, like many scriptures, is internally inconsistent on this and other matters. Oubrou argued that the problem is not religion itself—it’s that through radical, literalist interpretations of the Quran, “delinquents use the religion as a veneer for cheap crimes.” By demonizing the Quran as a text that contains anti-Semitism, he said, the manifesto casts a shadow on an entire religion, glossing over the role of interpretation and the other factors driving some young Muslims to develop hatred toward Jews.

    That response didn’t sit well with the manifesto’s defenders. “The problem is that Islamists refer to the same texts as ordinary Muslims,” said signatory Pierre-André Taguieff, a research director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research who has published extensively on anti-Semitism. Samy Ghozlan, a signatory who formerly served as police commissioner in the Paris banlieues and who founded a hotline for anti-Semitism, defended the manifesto’s willingness to “name the problem,” and its call for theological reform. “In Islam,” he said, “believers are instructed to respect the Quran—there’s no room for commentary.”

    That’s not how many imams see it. “The text might be the same, but the way it’s understood varies, as is the case for any text,” Abdallah Dlioueh, the imam of Valence, told me. “The Quran doesn’t tell anyone to be racist or anti-Semitic—in fact it expresses deep respect for Jewish figures such as Moses. But a minority of Muslims fall into a misreading,” he went on. “By promoting one vision of those verses, the manifesto makes the same error as terrorists.”

    Oubrou and Dlioueh were among 30 imams who signed a letter in Le Monde voicing indignation with “the confiscation of [their] religion by criminals,” a reference to those who preach violence, from certain Salafi imams to online recruiters associated with groups like the Islamic State. The authors expressed the consternation they feel—as both French citizens and Muslims—as they watch “Islam fall into the hands of an ignorant, disturbed, and idle youth” who have become “easy prey for ideologues” preaching hatred and inspiring anti-Semitic violence.

    Although the letter was published amid a heated debate over anti-Semitism, the conversation about Islam’s theological role in driving terrorism isn’t new. As France has struggled to grapple with terrorist attacks—often at the hands of nationals—scholars have clashed over what exactly prompted young men to kill concertgoers at Paris’s Bataclan theatre in November 2015 or drive a truck into a packed promenade in Nice the following July. Are jihadis devout Muslims who see violence as a religious obligation, or are they rebels—petty criminals and dropouts dismayed by their socioeconomic hardships—in search of a cause?

    The answer is likely some combination of both; jihadist terrorism neither has nothing to do with Islam—as some have said following attacks while urging against scapegoating of Muslims—nor is it an exclusively religious phenomenon. This debate aside, the Le Monde letter was a recognition that, despite the nonreligious factors driving violence in the name of Islam, religious authorities have a role to play in fighting it.

    But that needn’t mean abrogating certain verses of the Quran. Some Muslim scholars encourage believers to approach the Quran through a critical lens, putting it in historical context and recognizing its limitations. “A lack of human intelligence is blocking Islam today,” Razika Adnani, a scholar of Islam and member of the Foundation for Islam of France, told me. “Conservatives promote an idea that everything is in the texts, blocking human thought,” she added, and urged Muslims to “work to make Islam a religion of today.”

    Dlioueh stressed the importance of an “enlightened Islam”—and he considers it his daily job to foster that. “Imams are a shield against radicalization,” he said, and “we’re already working to that end—to promote tolerance, on the ground in rough neighborhoods, in our Friday sermons.” Rather than deeming certain verses dangerous, he said, Muslims should consider the entire text open to interpretation, and look to history as a reference for peaceful coexistence among Jews and Muslims (for example, in the Ottoman Empire).

    Oubrou promotes what he terms a “preventive theology” that takes into account why so many young people are vulnerable to what he calls “erroneous interpretations of the Quran.” He acknowledges that any religious text can be used to justify violence; the goal is to recognize the source of that manipulation, and why it becomes so compelling.

    Yet even if imams successfully promote a critical, contextualized reading of the Quran, the ability to fight anti-Semitism purely on the basis of religion is limited. Although many of the recent perpetrators of violence against French Jews have been Muslim, it would be overly simplistic to chalk the phenomenon up to religion alone. The gang leader who kidnapped 23-year-old Ilan Halimi in 2006, and held him hostage for two weeks, said he did it because “Jews have money,” drawing on the anti-Semitic tropes that have long plagued Jews. Those stereotypes are alive and well in France today: Survey data from 2016 reveal that 35 percent of French people believe Jews “have a particular rapport with money;” 40 percent think that “for French Jews, Israel counts more than France;” and 22 percent think that “Jews have too much power.”

    The Quran, Oubrou said, can become a “pretext” to legitimize deeper feelings of disdain for Jews, which themselves can be fueled by a host of external factors—including social exclusion, a sense of being dominated, conspiracy theories, and a misinterpretation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The last one, he said, “has been transformed into a religious cause by both sides,” enabling it to be grafted onto the way Muslims and Jews see each other in France.

    “Even if we delete verses that are being interpreted problematically, that won’t eradicate anti-Semitism if those concerned have hatred toward Jews,” Oubrou told me. The challenge, he added, is to “change the perception, not the text.”



    What text are they going to change for the Kuffar terrorists who have attacked Muslims and non-Muslims in their terrorist attacks?! (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10)

    Terrorism, extremism, radicalism, anti-semitism are all excuses to hide behind in their war on Islam and their plan to change the religion of Islam; like they have done with other religions and as a result of which those religions have lost the real message. Arabs are semite people, the hatred towards them makes the Europeans and Americans the biggest anti-semtists.

    First they got the "imams" to agree to "theological reform of Islam" aka changing Islam, now they want to change the Quran by adding and deleting verses from it. These so called "imams" should read this:

    Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you (O Muhammad) till you follow their religion. Say: "Verily, the Guidance of Allah (i.e. Islamic Monotheism) that is the (only) Guidance.
    (Quran 2:120)

    Futuwwa: Whenever I thought French institutional Islamophobia can't get any worse, France surprises.

    This "manifesto" is stupid and offensive on many levels. The equally outrageous and clueless demand to nullify verses of the Quran is far from all of it. Further, it accuses a significant fraction of French civil society of being intentionally complicit in Muslim antisemitism. The media is accused, with no substantiation whatsoever, of deliberate news blackout on the matter. Those who claim discrimination of Muslims is a contributing cause to antisemitism are not only asserted to be wrong on the basis of a single cherry-picked statistic, but accused of intentionally lying for whatever purpose. A certain faction in French mainstream politics that isn't named but is entirely clear who's being referred to is accused, again on no evidence, of choosing to let Jews be abused out of base electoral interest.

    This isn't a manifesto, even. A manifesto is a declaration of principles and political positions. This one does little of it, it's more of an angry rant at a significant fraction of French society. That, or an attempt to posture as the only true champions against antisemitism and to smear said fraction of French society of abetting it. Its final call for a united national front against antisemitism is particularly disingenuous since there already is one, thus calling for one only serves, backhandedly and through innuendo, to suggest there isn't one and that they and their side of French politics are the only ones taking the issue seriously.

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    French Police, not Refugees or Immigrants, are raping the public


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