François Hollande: “We need the Council of Europe more than ever”

“France stands alongside the Council of Europe and I am confident that the Council of Europe stands alongside France in all efforts to promote peace, freedom and democracy,” France’s president declared.

France confirms six month state of emergency extension after Nice murders

Following the murderous attack in Nice, French authorities have confirmed to the Council of Europe the extension by six months of the country’s State of Emergency.

Podcast: “There is no refugee crisis,” says Strasbourg deputy mayor Nawel Rafik-Elmrini

“Hosting and integrating refugees with dignity is very important for us,” says Nawel Rafik-Elmrini. “If we don’t do it, it means that we as Europeans lose our own dignity.

France: Chechen ‘torture’ deportation complaint set for judgement

Tomorrow, judges will reveal their decision on a deportation human rights complaint against France brought by a Chechen man who fears he will be tortured if sent to Russia.

Jagland hails new international sports convention as “world’s first treaty for fans”

“I am delighted that 11 Council of Europe member states will tonight become the first group of countries to sign the Convention and I am confident many others will soon follow suit,” the Secretary General declared.