Paris

The French Muslim street artist painting for co-existence

Combo has painted about faith in secular France
Combo says he is French first, Muslim second - and has a lot to say about how religion is discussed in French society.

One of his works, a logo called 'co-exist' that he has spray-painted in cities around the world, celebrated religious diversity; but he received criticism in the French media for inciting religious discourse on the streets of a country that celebrates secularism.

He was once beaten up for painting the logo on a wall - and his more recent projects celebrating LGBT rights in Paris have been vandalised. 

Producer: Sophia Smith Galer
(Photo credit: Combo)
Police fire tear gas as Paris May Day protests turn violent
Clashes broke out between police and protesters as 'yellow vests' and labour unions held a march.

Why I left the yellow vests

Leïla has decided to stop protesting with the Gilets Jaunes movement
Leïla was an administrator of a yellow vest group on Facebook  in France; but now she has decided to stop protesting with the Gilets Jaunes movement.

She says it is an ideological choice because protesting separates her from the rest of the country. 

(Photo: Former yellow vest member Leïla in Paris. Credit: Leïla)
Paris May Day protests: Demonstrators clash with police
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the French capital in demonstrations.

Protesters clash with police in Paris

Paris May Day protests: Demonstrators clash with police
Police have clashed with protesters at a May Day rally in Paris. Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the French capital. Some 7,400 police have been deployed in the French capital.