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  • Tensions are high in France in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks and retaliatory

  • violence and threats against the Muslim community have already been made. There have been

  • numerous instances in which Mosques were defaced, shot at or bombed. The question is, are

  • these isolated incidents or does France an issue with Islam?

  • Unfortunately, France does have a somewhat antagonistic relationship with it’s Muslim

  • population. France is a secular nation with strict laws designed to separate church and

  • state.

  • Some French policy-makers have used these secular beliefs to make things more difficult

  • for

  • France’s Muslim population. Practicing Islam demands physical expressions of belief from

  • most

  • of its followers. This includes wearing a hijab, or headscarf. In 2004, French policy-

  • makers were able to legally ban hijabs and other religious head coverings from public

  • schools.

  • Politicians responsible for the legislation said conspicuous religious symbols in public

  • schools

  • conflicted with the secular policies, or what the french call, “laïcite.”

  • Later, in 2011, veils that cover the face were officially outlawed from public places

  • on the

  • grounds of public safety. Lawmakers touted the ruling as a win for feminism and freedom

  • of

  • expression, but some Muslim women argue the opposite point. Muslim women who choose to

  • express their religious beliefs freely by wearing a veil are now unable to access public

  • places

  • without either being fined or jeopardizing their beliefs. If they followed the letter

  • of the law they

  • would be essentially trapped in their homes. And trapping woman in their homes is the opposite

  • of feminism.

  • The French Collective Against Islamophobia also says that since the new law, there has

  • been

  • an explosionin physical attacks against veiled women.

  • Adding to all of this is the fact that, one of the leading right-wing politicians, Marine

  • Le Pen

  • who obtained 18 percent of the votes in the first round of the 2012 presidential elections,

  • is

  • unabashedly anti-Islam. Her National Front party wants to drastically cut down on immigration

  • into the country. According to her Muslims "are advancing in the neighborhoods. They

  • are

  • putting pressure on the population. They are recruiting young boys [to train for jihad].”

  • In April

  • 2014, Le Pen also announced that in towns won by National Front candidates, there would

  • no longer be pork-free lunch alternatives in some public schools, which obviously affects

  • both

  • Muslim and Jewish children.

  • All of these things contribute to some news organizations labeling France as Islamophobic.

  • And it’s hard to ignore the signs of disturbing intolerance in the region. Since the Charlie

  • Hebdo

  • shootings, there have reportedly been more than 50 separate attacks on the Muslim community.

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Is France Really Islamophobic?

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    姚易辰 posted on 2015/01/21
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