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Paris suburbs youth react to police acquittal in deaths that sparked riots


Twenty-five-year-old Nawufal lives in Clichy-sous-Bois, an impoverished suburb northeast of Paris where two teenagers were electrocuted when they tried to hide from police in 2005, a tragedy that sparked France’s worst rioting in decades. Read more…
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'How I helped a young French couple return from waging jihad'


Oumar lives in Istanbul. In the past couple years, he's witnessed first hand the transformation of Turkey's economic capital into a stopping point for men and women determined to wage jihad in Syria. But a few days ago, he was put in touch with a young French couple who had decided to make the same journey in the opposite direction. When the French consulate was unable to help, Oumar stepped in to lend a hand. Read more...
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How migrant smugglers evade patrols to reach French island of Mayotte


An amateur video showing a migrant boat from the Comoro Islands landing on the French island of Mayotte has made headlines in France's overseas territory. The footage shows the vessel landing in broad daylight without any sign of border police – evidence of a serious problem, according to media outlets. Our Observer, who has made the Comoros-Mayotte journey several times, reveals the smugglers’ tactics. Read more...
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A point-by-point rebuttal of 'Charlie Hebdo' conspiracy theories


The internet has been awash with conspiracy theories since last week's unprecedented attacks in Paris. Conspiracy theorists claim that the truth has been hidden, that the powers-that-be are orchestrating everything from up above. Some of their arguments may appear logical at first glance, but upon closer analysis they turn out to be entirely false. Read more...
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In pictures: a day of terror in France


Elite French police stormed a printworks and a Jewish supermarket on Friday, killing two brothers wanted for Wednesday’s attack on Charlie Hebdo and a gunman linked to them in a dramatic end to twin sieges that rocked France. Here are some of the most striking images from this day of terror. Read more...
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'I am Charlie': the three words heard around the world


Since the deadly attack at the headquarters of the French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo”, social networks are being flooded by tributes to the 12 victims. In France, crane operators, air traffic controllers, football players and even a newborn baby found ways to pay their respects on this day of national mourning. See images...
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In pictures: the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

Armed men attacked the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday morning, killing at least 12 people, including four of the magazine’s cartoonists and two policemen. Eight more people were reportedly injured, some of them critically. This terrifying attack in Paris's 11th arrondissement (district) was photographed and filmed by witnesses. Read more…

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