(RNS) For the past decade, Michel Serfaty has toured France in a beat-up minibus plastered with slogans such as “Solidarity between Jews and Muslims” and “We’re more alike than you think.”
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About Elizabeth Bryant
Elizabeth Bryant worked as a freelance reporter in Cairo for two years before moving to Paris in October 2000. Besides Religion News Service, she has reported on a freelance basis for Voice of America, United Press International, Newsweek, the Houston Chronicle and the San Francisco Chronicle. Previously, she worked for several newspapers and wire services in Florida, New York and Washington, D.C. Bryant was raised in Africa and Europe and worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia. She has a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Michigan State University and master’s degrees in international affairs and journalism from Columbia University.
PARIS (RNS) The pope’s reaction, as reported in the media, appears to contrast starkly with his remarks two years ago in which he said, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”
LYON, France (RNS) The 24-week program includes classes on law, religion and how French principles of secularity are applied to daily life.
PARIS (RNS) On Sunday, French Jews received a further shock, with the desecration of several hundred tombs at a Jewish cemetery in Alsace.
PARIS (RNS) Dieudonne faces a charge of inciting terrorism for posting on Facebook that he felt like “Charlie Coulibaly” — a reference to the gunman who killed four Jews at a kosher supermarket in Paris, just two days after the Charlie Hebdo attack.
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) “I believe that the attacks today will only grow the racism against Muslims,” said Abdallah Zekri, president of the National Observatory Against Islamophobia, in Paris.
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.