Islamophobia on the rise in France



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During the first week of October 2021, an unknown letter of threats and insults was received by “Eyup Sultan”, a mosque under construction in the French city of Strasbourg. The letter argued that Islam had no place in France and that Muslims in France will have to make a choice between Islam and Christianity.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Recently, two mosques in Besançon (eastern France) were spray painted with six red crosses from Lorraine, a symbol of Gaullism and the Resistance.

According to the leaders of these places of worship, these symbols have been misused to spread hatred and deliver an anti-Muslim message.

During the first week of October 2021, an unknown letter of threats and insults was received by “Eyup Sultan”, a mosque under construction in the French city of Strasbourg. The letter argued that Islam had no place in France and that Muslims in France will have to make a choice between Islam and Christianity.

France has the highest proportion of Muslims in the western world and therefore the headline-grabbing Islamophobia in the country has political significance.

There is a general perception that these acts (attacks on Islam) are a consequence of the presidential election campaign.

Amnesty International clarifies that the term “radicalization” has often been used as a euphemism for “pious Muslim”.

In this context, it is necessary to underline the rise of Islamophobia in France which leads to human rights violations in a country which aggressively pushes international watchdogs to put target countries under sanctions or blacklist under the pretext of human rights.

The French government has already closed a third of the 89 mosques since November 2020 while measures are underway to close six other mosques in the regions of Sarthe, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Côte-d’Or, du Rhône and Gard.

Criticisms against Muslims about their religious dress, their eating habits, and their supposed inability to fit in have gained common ground in the mainstream media, as well as in political discourse. However, it was not limited to just words.

Senior officials, including the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, and other politicians have called Muslims 5th Column (Fifth Column).

Islamophobia became a legal form of discrimination in 2004. France banned the headscarf in public and private schools in 2004 and the Niqab in 2011; Municipal bans on swimsuits for Muslim women are added to this.

Below are two different incidents which are a clear manifestation of the French government’s double standards and their bizarre ways of honoring freedom of expression.

On the sidelines of the Parisian gathering of “yellow vests”, two people were arrested on November 20, 2021 because of an offensive label on a van bearing the caricature of Emmanuel Macron.

The caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (PSL) are justified because they fall under the French right to freedom of expression, but the caricature of President Macroon is an offense. Where is the freedom of speech? What hypocrisy?

In November 2020, French Muslim students aged 8, 9 and 10 were told to the local prosecutor for refusing to stand up to pay homage to Samuel Patty (reference to offensive cartoons of the Holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH).

The school authorities considered the refusal of the pupils as a lack of respect for French values ​​and freedom of expression.

For France, which has around five million (nearly 1 / 10th of the population) Muslim inhabitants, it is not wise to refer systematically to French Muslims by their racial or geographic origins.

Placing Muslims at the center of public debates has meant that issues more crucial to French citizens have been ignored.

Reveal the gap between legal protections in theory and what is extended to the Muslim minority community in practice.

In theory, European countries including France have enacted laws that protect freedom of religion. In practice, however, from time to time competing interests prevail over these laws.

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