The suitcases were registered under false names that did not correspond to passengers on the flight to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, police sources told Reuters on Sunday. Air France said it was still trying to find out how the drugs were smuggled on board. “Pending the results of these investigations, immediate measures have been taken to enhance our checks of baggage and goods on departure from certain sensitive destinations,” the airline said in a statement. Government officials said the drugs were found at Charles de Gaulle earlier this month but only released details of the raid over the weekend. They did not give a precise date. France’s interior minister Manuel Valls said the 1.3 tonnes of cocaine had a wholesale value of 50 million euros, while police and legal sources said the street value of the drug could be as much as 200 million euros. “This marks the biggest seizure of cocaine ever made in mainland France as part of a judicial investigation,” Valls told reporters on Saturday. At least six people of several European nationalities were being held in relation to the case, the police sources said, declining to give further details. The public prosecutor’s office in Caracas said it was also investigating the case. The seizure was the result of cooperation between security forces in France, the Netherlands, Spain and Britain, Valls said. ($1 = 0.7402 euros) (Reporting by Gus Trompiz, Jean-Baptiste Vey and Nicolas Bertin; Additional reporting by Brian Ellsworth in Caracas; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
Has France Become Anti-Islam?
Ms Bagour was fined $2,700 (2,000 euro) along with a suspended jail sentence for one year, whereas the sentence was double for Mr Zeyad. The incident is remarkable for establishing France’s stance against Islamic terrorism. An earlier survey finds that 74 per cent French people do not believe that Islam is compatible with the social structure of France, according to reports of The Inquisitr. There has been a steady rise in the number of anti-Muslim insults and attacks in France, reports Reuters. The country has seen a part of media and politicians who present Islam as a problematic aspect in the French society. French groups that are fighting for Muslim rights in the country feel the same. It has been reported that there is a rise in hostility when there is some news related to Islam. Last year, an Islamist was responsible for murdering 7 people, while a politician who blamed Muslim children for stealing snacks of other children in the class, according to Committee against Islamophobia in France. In August, a couple of skinheads allegedly attacked and assaulted a Muslim teenager in Trappes because she was wearing a veil. Later, the girl attempted to commit suicide by jumping from the fourth floor of her apartment. She was attacked with a sharp object that ripped her off the veil. The skinheads hit her and shouted anti-Islamic insults before running away in a car. Some time back, Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader, compared Muslims devotees praying on the streets with the Nazis who occupied France during the war.
Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 1 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs France beats Lithuania in Eurobasket 2013 title game AP 7:20 p.m. EDT September 22, 2013 France point guard Tony Parker throws a pass over the defense of Lithuania’s Mantas Kalnietis, right, during the Eurobasket 2013 title game. (Photo: Darko Bandic, AP) France beat Lithuania 80-66 Sunday in Eurobasket 2013 title game in Ljubljana, Slovenia Tony Parker won tournament MVP for leading France to first major international basketball title Nicolas Batum had team-high 17 points for France, while Linas Kleiza had 20 for Lithuania SHARE 28 CONNECT 18 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) Tony Parker finally has an international title to go with his three NBA rings although it was his France teammates who stole the spotlight in the European championship final. With Parker having a quiet game for once, Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw provided the scoring as France won its first major basketball title by beating Lithuania 80-66 on Sunday. It was a victory that ended a decade of frustration for Parker and a talented French generation, which lost the final against Spain two years ago and took bronze in 2005. “It’s been an unbelievable journey chasing this title,” Parker said. “I would change nothing.” The San Antonio Spurs guard led France to the under-18 world championship title in 2000, and said he made a promise back then that he would give the senior team its first international success as well. Thirteen years later, it’s mission accomplished. “I went to everyone’s room last night in the hotel and I told them that there was no way we were going to lose this game,” Parker said. France broke open a close game by finishing the third quarter with a 14-0 run that kept Lithuania scoreless for four minutes. The French lead grew to 22 points with three minutes remaining in the third and Lithuania never came close to a comeback.