News Agencies – December 9, 2011
More than 350 Muslims prayed outside in the streets of Nanterre, France to create awareness for the creation of a new mosque near La Defense. The mayor of Nanterre, Patrick Jarry, had previously refused the rezoning request.
News Agencies – December 3, 2011
A French minister said there was no such thing as moderate Islam, calling recent election successes by Islamic parties in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia “worrying” in an interview. Jeannette Bougrab, a junior minister with responsibility for youth, told Le Parisien newspaper that legislation based on Islamic sharia law “inevitably” imposed restrictions on rights and freedoms.
Bougrab is of Algerian origin, whose father fought on the French colonial side during Algeria’s war of independence, and said she was speaking as “a French woman of Arab origin.” She was reacting to electoral successes scored by the Ennahda party in Tunisia, the Justice and Development Party in Morocco and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
News Agencies – December 18, 2010
Almost 40% of the French agree with National Front Marine Len Pen’s statements on Muslim prayer in the streets, according to France Soir. The vice-president of the Front National compared Muslim prayer to occupation. Among voters of Sarkozy’s UMP, 54% agree with Le Pen. In total, 61% of the French disagree with Len Pen: 82% of left-wing voters and 46% of UMP voters.
News Agencies – December 7, 2010
Chelsea football player Nicolas Anelka has accused French football of effective racism following the treatment of some of the country’s World Cup flops this season. When Anelka faced Marseille in September 2010 he was jeered throughout, leading the forward to suggest there was more to the treatment of some of the World Cup squad than met the eye.
“In difficult moments, we see what people really think. They said ‘Franck Ribery hit Yoann Gourcuff; Gourcuff is a good French boy, Ribery is a Muslim. It went too far. When the France team does not win, then immediately people start to talk about religion and race.”
And the striker, who received an 18-game ban from the national team for his part in the World Cup problems, revealed he was not very patriotic about his homeland and he would rather quit the team than sing the national anthem. “I am not ‘made in France’ – that is the place where I have had nothing but trouble.
News Agencies – December 11, 2010
The daughter of French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, who hopes to succeed her father as head of his Front National party, has compared Muslims praying in the street to the German occupation during World War II. Claiming that Islamic prayers are held in the streets in 10-15 locations in France, Marine Le Pen told a meeting of about 300 party faithful in Lyon that “… neighbourhoods where religious law applies, that’s an occupation”.
Earlier in the meeting, Le Pen had compared the war to the economic crisis, which the Front blames on globalisation and immigration, Le Monde reports.