By BBC News (Europe)
The French government says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamist militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
Many fled Mosul after the Islamic State (IS) group which seized much of northern Iraq told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.
Iraq is home to one of the world’s most ancient Christian communities.
Two top ministers said, “We are ready, if they so desire, to help facilitate asylum on our territory.”