Discrimination case: man deemed “too Muslim” to be a police officer

Police internal documents were recently released from an internal competition for police offers after a complaint of racial discrimination was filed in Yvelines. In September 2007 a corporal of Moroccan-origin, who had served in the police for 8 years, had passed a competition for promotion and went before a 7-person jury. This jury asked the candidate questions about his Muslim practices and Moroccan background, questioning for instance, whether his wife wore a headscarf. The man has a perfect record. The Minister of the Interior, Michèle Alliot-Marie, reminded reporters that the police service in France strives to be as equitable as possible and that there are currently a number of police officers of different faiths and backgrounds.

France’s Minister of the Interior Points to Worrisome Islamicist Propaganda on the Internet

A study conducted by France’s Minister of the Interior, Michèle Alliot-Marie, and conducted by the National Institute of High Security (INHES, Institut national des hautes etudes de sécurité) reveals the extent of success of jihadist websites in the country.

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The Brigitte Bardot Foundation Prevents Ritual Sacrifice Training

The Brigitte Bardot Foundation impeded a training meeting that was to take place in Grenoble to explain the proper ritual sacrifice of lamb for Eid al-Adha. According to the foundation, such meeting encouraged “secretive slaughters,” and the Minister of the Interior Michèle Alliot-Marie intervened so that the municipality would not allow the group to meet in a public space. The Association of Information and the Defense of Muslim Consumers (Asidcom or l’Association de sensibilisation d’information et de défense du consommateur musulman), helped organize the initial meeting, and claim that in 2007, 130,000 lambs were legally slaughtered and 70,000 clandestinely for Eid, celebrated in December.

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France’s Minister of the Interior Points to Worrisome Islamicist Propaganda on the Internet

A study conducted by France’s Minister of the Interior, Michèle Alliot-Marie, and conducted by the National Institute of High Security (INHES, Institut national des hautes etudes de sécurité) reveals the extent of success of jihadist websites in the country.

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Full-text of report available here.

Report From the Penitentiary Administration Warns of Islamic Fundamentalism in French Jails

A new “confidential defense” report from the Penitentiary Administration of France claims that 442 “Islamicists” currently incarcerated have a worrisome comportment. Le Figaro reports that one highly ranked official told the newspaper that these “secretive religious inmates have radicalized themselves by surfing the Internet,” and far from learning and teaching from the Qur’an they are “distilling fragments of certain surahs which make reference to violence” to inspire their cellmates.

Farhad Khosrokhavar, author of L’Islam dans les prisons (2004; “Islam in Prisons”) claims the best way to avoid the growth of such radicalism is to move prisoners regularly so that ties cannot be strengthened among them. Khosrokhavar also notes the lack of Muslim chaplains in the country’s prison system; there are currently 600 Christian chaplains available to inmates.

In an effort to ameliorate the detection of individuals at risk for religious radicalism, the French Minister of the Interior Michèle Alliot-Marie will present a 60 page manual on “Fundamentalism in the Prison System” to the Institut National des Hautes Études de Sécurité (Inhes or the National Institute of Advanced Security Studies ) on 30 September 2008. The document will then be distributed among the 24 000 prison guards, police officers and to anti-terrorist judges who have contact with inmates, and includes information of indicators of radicalism and a list of logos and references to watch for.