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  • France: The Looming Battle over Muslim Integration

    01/01/2014 7:40:38 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 31, 2013 | Soeren Kern
    Among the long list of recommendations...the panel says that public schools in France should be taught in Arabic and African languages rather than in French. "It would no longer be up to French immigrants to adopt French culture, but for France to abandon its own culture, language, history and identity to adapt to other people's cultures." — Jean-François Copé, UMP Party. Instead of integration, "parallel societies are forming that continuously distance themselves from each other." — Alain Finkielkraut, author of L'identité malheureuse. A panel appointed by French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to review France's integration policies has urged the government...
  • 'Only' 1,067 vehicles set ablaze on New Year’s Eve in France

    01/01/2014 2:17:37 PM PST · by traumer · 39 replies
    The much lamented tradition of torching cars to mark the arrival of the new year claimed more than 10 per cent fewer vehicles this year By French standards, it was a peaceful New Year’s Eve. Only 1,067 cars and vans were destroyed by arson, a “significant” reduction of more than 10 per cent compared to the number of vehicles set ablaze last year, according to Manuel Valls, the Interior Minister. All things considered, it was a “positive result”, Mr Valls told a press conference on Wednesday. He said he regretted the deaths of three people in knife attacks in Paris...
  • French soldier stabbed while on patrol near Paris (Muslim attacker - IM: "Let's be prudent now...")

    05/25/2013 2:17:23 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat May 25, 2013
    A French soldier patrolling a business neighborhood west of Paris was stabbed in the neck and injured on Saturday by a man who fled the scene and is being sought by police, President Francois Hollande said. The 23-year-old was patrolling in uniform with two other soldiers as part of France's Vigipirate anti-terror surveillance plan when he was approached from behind around 6 p.m. and attacked with a knife or a box-cutter. A police union spokesman said surveillance footage of the attacker showed him as tall and bearded, aged about 35, possibly of North African origin and wearing a white Arab-style...
  • 1,500 people evacuated from Eiffel Tower(short title)

    03/30/2013 8:32:46 PM PDT · by occamrzr06 · 22 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 03/30/2013 | Peter Allen
    The Eiffel Tower was evacuated tonight following a telephoned terrorist bomb warning. Some 1,500 people, including tourists and staff, were escorted out of France's most famous landmark shortly after 7.30pm. It follows threats from Al-Qaeda pledging 'revenge' for the French intervention in the African state of Mali to fight Islamic terrorists. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2301676/BREAKING-NEWS-1-500-people-evacuated-Eiffel-Tower-anonymous-phone-claimed-explosives-placed-landmark.html#ixzz2P5IbOcgI
  • Voice of the Vanquished: a Warning from History

    12/04/2012 4:15:29 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 18 replies
    Kabyles.net ^ | December 1st, 2012 | Arilès; translated by Cheradenine Zakalwe
    When I was a teenager I thought that my ancestors were idiots, useless imbeciles for having accepted this miserable religion 15 centuries ago. I was ashamed of my people of origin. I forgot that they had simply been beaten in war and submitted to their conquerors who hurried to rewrite their history. That twisted history that I learned myself at school and had to unlearn on my own, through effort and perseverance. Looking at France, Belgium, Germany, England, Spain and lots of other countries too, I realise that even people who have been warned can be islamised by stealth, by...
  • The Qatari Takeover of France

    10/10/2012 6:52:00 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 5 replies
    gatestoneinstitute.org/ ^ | 10OCT12 | Peter Martino
    French politicians such as President François Hollande hope that Qatari funds will help fight poverty in disadvantaged Muslim neighborhoods, They assume that poverty is the cause of France's social problems. They should, however, know better. The problems in the suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis and elsewhere are not caused by poverty, but by the unwillingness of many Muslims to integrate into French society. Qatar announced last February, when Nicolas Sarkozy was still the President of France, that it was willing to invest €50 million ($65 million) in the French banlieues, the suburbs which are home to the vast majority of the six...
  • FRANCE BANS ALL MUSLIM PROTESTS

    09/21/2012 4:09:32 AM PDT · by blam · 140 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-21-2012 | Gus Lubin
    FRANCE BANS ALL MUSLIM PROTESTS Gus LubinSeptember 21,2012 French interior minister Manuel Valls just confirmed that no protests would be allowed over the Mohammed cartoons, according to Reuters. "There will be strictly no exceptions. Demonstrations will be banned and broken up," he said. Think that'll pacify the 10 percent of France who are Muslims?France has already closed 20 embassies around the world in fear of backlash. Too bad it cannot outlaw protests in these countries.
  • French Muslims Get Call to Vote for President

    05/07/2012 4:47:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 30, 2012 | ELAINE GANLEY
    a special new effort to mobilize French Muslims to speak up at the ballot box in Sunday's presidential race — amid a surge of Islam-bashing among the French right. Imams and Islamic associations are calling on Muslims ... French Muslims have been pounded with blame throughout the campaign for what they eat (halal meat), how they pray (in the street), and for allegedly using their growing numbers to supplant France's civilization with their own. The massacre of Jewish schoolchildren and French paratroopers in March by an alleged Islamic extremist put Muslims in the spotlight anew and fed far-right fear mongering.
  • The New Nazis (Islamo-Nazis)

    03/28/2012 7:48:25 AM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies
    CFP ^ | March 22, 2012 | D. Greenfield
    The new Nazis kill them right in the cities. And the killing will not stop until the Muslim occupation of Europe comes to an end. There was a time when Jewish children were hunted down and killed in France. Their killers believed themselves to be members of a superior group that was destined to rule the world and enslave or exterminate members of inferior groups. The cowardice and appeasement of the French authorities allowed them to operate freely, to kill Jews and launch attacks on other countries. What was then is now again. The occupying army doesn't wear uniforms, it...
  • (Oh God!) little girl cornered in school and shot in head (Neo Nazi or Islamo-Nazi, same!)

    03/20/2012 10:40:20 PM PDT · by Milagros · 104 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | March, 2012
    Toulouse shooting: little girl cornered in school and shot in head It was shortly after 8am on a leafy street in a quiet suburb of Toulouse and children were being dropped off at the gates of the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school.
  • French shooting suspect Mohamed Merah arrested after Toulouse siege

    03/21/2012 6:43:12 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 72 replies · 1+ views
    National Post ^ | 3-21-2012 | National Post Wire Services
    A gunman suspected of killing seven people in the name of al-Qaeda, including three children at a Jewish school, has been arrested by police after an hours-long siege in southwestern France. About 300 police, some in bullet-proof body armor, had earlier cordoned off an area surrounding a four-storey house in a leafy suburb of the city of Toulouse where the 24-year-old Muslim man, identified as Mohamed Merah, was holed up on the ground floor. Merah had been arrested for bomb making in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar in 2007 but escaped months later in a Taliban prison break, the...
  • Muslim gunman murders four at French Jewish School

    03/19/2012 8:23:36 AM PDT · by pabianice · 31 replies
    Fox News Channel | 3/19/12
    Breaking on Fox. Gunman rides motorcycle into Jewish school in southern France, murders four, including three children. Already linked to Muslim terror group. Search is on for gunman. Fox reports that attacks on Jews in France have become so common that many don't even make the news. Muslim hate groups are running largely unchecked.
  • 4 killed in shooting at French Jewish school

    03/19/2012 3:33:14 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 71 replies
    cnn ^ | 3/19/2012 | staff
    A gunman opened fire on a Jewish school in southern France Monday, killing four people -- the third shooting in the area in 10 days. The shooting in the city of Toulouse left a teacher and three children dead, including a 3-year-old, said local prosecutor Michel Valet. A fourth child was injured. The gunman arrived shortly after 8 a.m. and fled on a motor scooter after the shootings. He is believed to have used two different guns, interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said. "It's a horrible tragedy," Brandet said on CNN affiliate BFM. It's the third shooting by a man...
  • Muslims in France Ask to Use Empty Churches (SEEMINGLY INNOCUOUS REQUEST)

    04/04/2011 9:01:21 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 57 replies
    Hudson-NY ^ | March 31, 2011 | Soeren Kern
    Muslim groups in France have asked the Roman Catholic Church for permission to use its empty churches as a way to solve the traffic problems caused by thousands of Muslims who pray in the streets. The request, which has been variously described by French political commentators as "alarming," "audacious" and "unprecedented," is yet another example of the growing assertiveness of France's six million Muslims, who are transforming the country in ways unimaginable only a few years ago.In a March 11 communiqué addressed to the Church of France, the National Federation of the Great Mosque of Paris, the Council of Democratic...
  • Batman Goes PC – Super Hero Recruits Muslim Sidekick From Paris Suburb

    12/22/2010 12:55:41 PM PST · by matt1234 · 53 replies · 1+ views
    rightnetwork ^ | 12/17/2010 | Jim Hoft
    Nightrunner is a citizen of France, a Sunni Muslim, and 22 years old living in the Clichy-sous-Bois of Paris who is phenomenally well trained in parkour. Astute Bloggers reported on this new twist, via Religion of Peace: "I knew it was only going to get worse at DC Comics: in his continuing efforts to form Batman Inc, Bruce Wayne recruits an Algerian Muslim living in France, in Clichy-Sous-Bois, where the Muslim riots grew out of in 2005, over the death of 2 delinquents who electrocuted themselves by stupidly entering a power station, and the blame was laid upon at least...
  • WikiLeaks : U.S. secretly sought to 'empower' France's Muslims

    12/03/2010 7:11:44 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 47 replies
    WND ^ | DECEMBER 3, 2010 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – The U.S. State Department directed its staff to "engage" and help to "empower" France's Muslim minorities, according to classified documents released by WikiLeaks and reviewed by WND. The cables reveal U.S. government staff were instructed to use the French media to educate that country's public on minority issues and to improve the lot of French Arabs and Muslims. The process called for "considerable discretion, sensitivity and tact." A cable dated January 2007 and directed to various U.S. missions in France outlined that the U.S. government must show it "takes seriously the threat of disenfranchised and disadvantaged minorities around...
  • French to ban Muslim women from wearing veil

    04/21/2010 4:55:12 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 14 replies · 587+ views
    Telegraph.co,uk ^ | 4:38PM BST 21 Apr 2010 | Staff
    The French government is drawing up a law to ban Muslim women from wearing a full-face veil in public, despite advice that it could be illegal. The new law will stop the niqab and the burka from being worn in the streets, shops and markets and not just in public buildings. Nicolas Sarkozy is to press ahead with the bill claiming that the veil is an "assault on women's dignity". "We're legislating for the future. Wearing a full veil is a sign of a community closing in on itself and of a rejection of our values," Luc Chatel, a spokesman...
  • France To Ban Veil Says Nicolas Sarkozy [What? NO ACLU In France?]

    03/25/2010 2:15:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies · 474+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 25, 2010
    France To Ban Veil Says Nicolas Sarkozy Nicolas Sarkozy has said that France will ban the full Muslim veil. 25 Mar 2010 The move would protect the dignity of women, the president added. “The full veil is contrary to the dignity of women,” he said. “The response is to ban it. The Government will table a draft law prohibiting it.” The president gave no further details during his address to the nation following a heavy defeat in regional elections for his ruling Union for a Popular Movement party. Speaking from the Elysee Palace Mr Sarkozy gave no indication as to...
  • France's anti-burka migration minister denies planning to convert to marry Muslim girlfriend

    02/10/2010 10:34:13 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 509+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Feb. 10, 2010 | Peter Allen
    France's hardline immigration minister Eric Besson is threatening to sue over hotly denied claims he is about to convert to Islam to marry his young Muslim girlfriend. The rumours, reported on French news website Bakchich Info, come as the 51-year-old spearheads a campaign against alien religions and cultures swamping his country. He has already called for the Muslim burkha to be banned, and wants potential immigrants to take French tests and swear allegiance to the Republic. This particularly applies to those arriving from Muslim countries who do not share the same values as France’s predominantly Roman Catholic population. Divorced Mr...
  • France refuses a citizenship over full Islamic veil

    02/03/2010 7:46:33 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 464+ views
    bbc ^ | 3 February 2010
    The French government has refused to grant citizenship to a foreign national on the grounds that he forced his wife to wear the full Islamic veil. The man, whose current nationality was not given, needed citizenship to settle in the country with his French wife. But Immigration Minister Eric Besson said this was being refused because he was depriving his wife of the liberty to come and go with her face uncovered. Last week, a parliamentary committee proposed a partial ban on full veils.
  • France Moves Ahead on Ban of Full-Face Veils and Burkas

    01/27/2010 12:04:48 AM PST · by TheThinker · 10 replies · 597+ views
    aol.com ^ | 01/27/2010 | Dana Kennedy
    NICE, France (Jan. 26) -- French lawmakers said Tuesday they want to ban Muslim women from veiling their faces in public facilities, a plan applauded by some French Muslim women but criticized by Muslim leaders, who said it could provoke Islamic extremists in France and abroad. A parliamentary panel convened six months ago by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday issued a much-anticipated, 200-page report recommending that women be banned from wearing the full-face veil in public office buildings, schools, hospitals and while using mass transit. The full-face veil is viewed by many in France as a sign of extremism...
  • France moves to outlaw burqa

    01/24/2010 11:19:30 PM PST · by kingattax · 14 replies · 605+ views
    AFP ^ | 1-24-10
    Paris - France moves one step closer to barring Muslim women from wearing the full Islamic veil when a much-awaited report is released this week, laying the groundwork for a ban on the burqa. After six months of hearings surrounded by fierce public debate, a commission set up by parliament will publish its findings on Tuesday on outlawing the full-face veil. Home to Europe's biggest Muslim minority, estimated at about six million, France is heading into unchartered territory. No European country has adopted sweeping national legislation on restricting the full veil.
  • Paris pool bans Muslim woman in 'burqini' swimsuit

    08/12/2009 12:31:48 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 39 replies · 2,593+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 08/12/09 | Staff
    A Paris swimming pool has refused entry to a young Muslim woman wearing a "burqini," a swimsuit that covers most of the body, officials said Wednesday. The pool ban came as French lawmakers conduct hearings on whether to ban the burqa after President Nicolas Sarkozy said the head-to-toe veil was "not welcome" in secular France. Officials in the Paris suburb of Emerainville said they let the woman swim in the pool in July wearing the "burqini," designed for Muslim women who want to swim without revealing their bodies. But when she returned in August they decided to apply hygiene rules...
  • Burquini Swimsuit Barred From Paris Pool

    08/12/2009 10:42:19 AM PDT · by kingattax · 53 replies · 2,431+ views
    Sky News ^ | August 12, 2009
    A swimming pool in Paris has refused entry to a young Muslim woman wearing a 'burqini' - a swimsuit that covers most of the body. The ban came as French lawmakers consider whether to stop burqas - head-to-toe veils - being worn in the country. The debate follows President Nicolas Sarkozy saying the veils were "not welcome" in secular France. Officials in the Paris suburb of Emerainville had initially let the woman swim in the pool while wearing a burqini, in July. But, when she returned in August, they decided to enforce hygiene rules and told her she could not...
  • Restive "Youths" Burn Cars in New Suburban Unrest (France)

    08/10/2009 6:02:14 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 25 replies · 829+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 08/10/2009 | Yahoo News
    BAGNOLET, France – Restive youths in a Paris suburb torched a tourist bus and nearly a half-dozen cars and hurled objects at police early Tuesday, a night after fullblown unrest prompted by the death of a teen fleeing police. The local prefecture, the administrative center for the region, said the situation was under control despite the scattered torchings. An Associated Press Television News crew saw at least five torched cars and a burned-out tourist bus near a housing project. Groups of youths set street fires, sometimes fueling them with garbage cans or a mattress in one case and hurled stones...
  • Youths Riot in Paris Suburb After Teen's Death (Oh noes...yutes!)

    08/10/2009 5:26:10 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 28 replies · 998+ views
    About 40 rioters in a Paris suburb hurled Molotov cocktails at police and firefighters and torched cars in a rampage prompted by the death of a teen fleeing police. The interior minister called Monday for calm after the overnight violence. One person fired at police with a handgun during the rioting in a housing project in Bagnolet on the eastern edge of Paris, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said in a statement. No injuries were reported. The latest eruption of tensions in France's suburbs broke out after an 18-year-old riding his motorcycle through the project tried to flee a document check...
  • Report: Only 367 Muslim women in France wear full veil

    07/30/2009 2:13:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1,641+ views
    Ha Aretz ^ | 7/30/09 | Rueters
    Only 367 women in France wear Islamic veils that cover their faces and bodies, a newspaper reported on Wednesday, undermining the position of politicians who are pushing for a ban on the garments. A panel of legislators is studying the issue of whether the number of women wearing such veils is on the rise and why. The panel is expected to say in coming months whether it backs a ban on the veils in public places, as advocated by some politicians. President Nicolas Sarkozy has stopped short of backing a ban, but has said the veils were "not welcome" in...
  • Why are the French trying to play down [Bastille Day] riot reports?

    07/22/2009 9:49:25 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies · 492+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 21 July 2009 | Ed West
    Via the Brussels Journal, news that the French authorities are trying to make the media downplay the latest round of rioting: Only the figures for the night of July 13-14 were published: “Some 500 vehicles” were burned, the worst ever recorded for the eve of the national holiday. Despite repeated requests to the Interior Ministry, and the DGPN [similar to the FBI], no figures were forthcoming for the night of July 14-15. These orders have been strictly applied. The different prefectures contacted by Le Monde refused to respond, citing “ministerial instructions.” Regional news media reported the same problem. The daily...
  • France unrest before Bastille Day

    07/14/2009 3:58:30 AM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 9 replies · 1,952+ views
    BBC ^ | 14 July 2009 | BBC Staff
    French youths set 317 cars on fire and wounded 13 police officers overnight during a series of riots on the eve of the Bastille Day holiday, police say. Paris police said 240 people had been arrested, almost double the number held after unrest on the same day last year. The injured officers are suffering from hearing difficulties caused by home-made explosives blowing up beside them. Last week, the death of a young man in police custody caused three nights of riots in the southern town of Firminy. Police said Mohamed Benmouna, a 21-year-old of Algerian origin, had died after trying...
  • Youssouf Fofana jailed for the torture and murder of Ilan Halimi

    07/10/2009 6:03:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 469+ views
    Times ^ | July 11, 2009 | Charles Bremner
    A 28-year-old African who styled himself as a barbarian was sentenced to life in prison last night for kidnapping and torturing to death a Jewish man in a case that exposed anti-Semitism in France’s immigrant suburbs. Youssouf Fofana, from the Ivory Coast, was the ring-leader of a gang of 27 youths who abducted Iman Halimi, 23, in 2006. The gang, from a housing estate in Bagneux, west of Paris, called themselves the “gang of barbarians”. Fofana Fofana, who describes himself as a hardline “Salafist” Islamist, fled to Ivory Coast after the killing. He was arrested there and extradited to France....
  • 'Barbarians' gang leader gets life in murder case

    07/10/2009 2:14:54 PM PDT · by Parmenio · 13 replies · 1,121+ views
    France 24 ^ | July 10, 2009 | NA
    Youssouf Fofana, leader of a kidnap gang who called themselves "The Barbarians", has been sentenced to life in prison for an anti-Semitic murder of shocking brutality. The court ruled he must serve a minimum of 22 yerars before he can be considered for parole. Of 26 other defendants in the case, two were acquitted and the rest received sentences of between six months and 18 years jail. Fofana, 28, masterminded the kidnap, torture and murder of Jewish shop clerk Ilan Halimi in 2006. Halimi went missing on January 20, 2006 while on a date with a girl he had met...
  • Could the U.S. Ban the Burqa, Too?

    07/07/2009 2:45:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies · 1,770+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2009 | Mona Charen
    The French Republic is not blessed or burdened with a First Amendment. So when President Nicolas Sarkozy recently suggested that France ban the wearing of the burqa in all public places, the Chamber of Deputies took it up. Unlike the headscarf, which covers a woman's hair but leaves her face visible, the burqa is a head-to-toe covering that makes walking draperies of women. Some, like the chador worn in Afghanistan, feature a mesh covering for the face. The Saudi version usually sports a slit for the eyes. Here's an online catalogue's description of one: "Khimar and niqab set made of...
  • Al Qaeda vows 'dreadful revenge' on France over plans to ban the burqa

    07/01/2009 3:53:03 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 932+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 1, 2009 | Ian Sparks
    Al Qaeda terrorists have vowed to 'wreak dreadful revenge' on France over its plans to ban the burkha. The chilling warning comes after President Nicolas Sarkozy said the Islamic garment which covers the head and body 'debases women' and is not welcome in his country. French MPs have set up a commission to decide if it should be made illegal for women to hide their faces in public. Now leaders of Al Qaeda's North African network have called on French Muslims to react 'with the utmost hostility'. One Islamic extremist website carried the message: 'We will seek dreadful revenge on...
  • France: Veil flouts secular principles says mosque chief

    06/23/2009 12:51:42 PM PDT · by steve-b · 22 replies · 728+ views
    Adnkronos ^ | 6/23/09
    French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rejection of the burka and the face veil are "in keeping with the republican spirit of secularism," according to the rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, quoted by media. Boubakeur said he supported a proposal by French MPs for a panel of deputies to look at the wearing of the burka "on the condition that they listen to what the experts on Islam have to say". The burka marked "a return towards Islam's past, in line with the preaching and vision of fundamentalists" added Boubakeur (photo)....
  • French Parliament to Consider Burka Ban (formal inquiry begun by legislature)

    06/23/2009 11:30:49 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 26 replies · 1,806+ views
    CNN ^ | updated 19 minutes ago
    The French National Assembly announced Tuesday the creation of an inquiry into whether women in France should be allowed to wear the burka, one day after President Nicolas Sarkozy controversially told lawmakers that the traditional Muslim garment was "not welcome" in France.A cross-party panel of 32 lawmakers will investigate whether the traditional Muslim garment poses a threat to the secular nature of the French constitution. They are due to report back with their recommendations in six months.On Monday Sarkozy declared in a keynote parliamentary address that the burka, which covers women from head to toe, is "not welcome" in France....
  • Sarkozy throws weight behind move to ban burqa, saying 'it's a sign of subservience'

    06/22/2009 11:25:31 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 43 replies · 1,267+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | June 22, 2009 | Peter Allen
    The Islamic burqa is ‘not welcome’ in France and should be banned, President Nicolas Sarkozy announced today. In comments which were set to infuriate radical Muslim leaders, he said the body covering ‘is not a sign of religion, it is a sign of subservience,’ adding: ‘It will not be welcome on the territory of the French republic.’ A group of 58 MPs from the Left and Right has called on Parliament to take action against women who are adopting what they called oppressive head-to-toe Islamic dress that ‘breaches individual freedoms’. There are more than five million Muslims in the secular...
  • Sarkozy says burqas have no place in France

    06/22/2009 7:55:15 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 72 replies · 1,528+ views
    Sarkozy says burqas have no place in France Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:18am EDT PARIS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday that burqas, garments that cover women from head to toe and hide their faces, had no place in France as they were a sign of the subjugation of women. During a solemn speech to parliament on a wide range of issues, Sarkozy backed an initiative launched by legislators last week who expressed concern over an increase in the use of burqas in France. "The issue of the burqa is not a religious issue, it is a question...
  • Sarkozy says burqas are 'not welcome' in France

    06/22/2009 7:57:22 AM PDT · by Borges · 36 replies · 1,361+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 06/22/09
    PARIS – President Nicolas Sarkozy lashed out Monday at the practice of wearing the Muslim burqa, insisting the full-body religious gown is a sign of the "debasement" of women and that it won't be welcome in France. The French leader expressed support for a recent call by dozens of legislators to create a parliamentary commission to study a small but growing trend of wearing the full-body garment in France. In the first presidential address in 136 years to a joint session of France's two houses of parliament, Sarkozy laid out his support for a ban even before the panel has...
  • Thousands in France rally to back Iran exile group

    06/20/2009 6:23:18 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 16 replies · 634+ views
    AP ^ | 35 mins ago | AUDREY HOROWITZ
    Thousands in France rally to back Iran exile group By AUDREY HOROWITZ Associated Press Writer Posted: 06/20/2009 05:50:11 PM PDT VILLEPINTE, France—Thousands of people gathered north of Paris on Saturday to support Iranian opposition protesters and an Iranian exile group pushing to be rid of a terrorist label. Crowds spilled out of buses and filled the fairground in Villepinte under drizzly skies. Organizers said 1,000 buses were hired to bring protesters from around France and Europe, including legislators from several countries. The rally was organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. Organizers said 90,000 people turned out. Police...
  • France to consider banning the burka

    06/19/2009 6:22:31 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 51 replies · 1,382+ views
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 19 Jun 2009 | Henry Samuel
    President Nicolas Sarkozy's government is to consider banning the burka and other Islamic clothing which French MPs claim is degrading to women. In a move that sparked fierce debate, a group of parliamentarians called for an inquiry into the wearing of the head-to-toe Islamic veil in France and whether Muslim women who cover themselves completely in public constitute an assault on French secularism and women's rights. In a call that won support from senior figures in Mr Sarkozy's government, they demanded that a parliamentary commission consider the fate in France of the burka, where the eyes are covered by a...
  • French women may face ban on head-to-toe Islamic dress

    06/19/2009 6:14:30 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 19 replies · 2,205+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | June 20, 2009 | Charles Bremner
    France could bar Muslim women from wearing full veils in public, a government minister said yesterday as parliament took action over concerns about an increase in women who are wearing the niqab and burka in big cities. The latest controversy over dress habits among France’s six million Muslims follows public differences this month between Presidents Obama and Sarkozy over the merits of legislating on religious clothing. A group of 58 MPs from the Left and Right called on Wednesday for parliament to react to the phenomenon of women who are adopting what they called oppressive head-to-toe Islamic dress that “breaches...
  • France considering ban on burqas, spokesman says

    06/19/2009 12:30:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies · 1,287+ views
    reuters ^ | June 20, 2009
    FRANCE may introduce a law banning full burqas if a parliamentary commission finds the growing number of women wearing them have been coerced into doing so. Nearly 60 legislators signed a proposal on Wednesday calling for a parliamentary commission to look into the spread of the burqa in France, a garment that they said amounted "to a breach of individual freedoms on our national territory". France, home to Europe's largest Muslim minority, is strongly attached to its secular values and to gender equality, and many see the burqa, which covers the wearer from head to toe and hides her face,...
  • Islam: 80% French Muslims Faithful To Country Of Origin

    05/09/2009 4:55:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 642+ views
    ansamed.info ^ | May 9, 2009
    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, MAY 8 - Some 80% of Muslims in France believe they remain faithful to their countries of origin, according to a survey by the American Gallup research institute that questioned a sample of Muslims in 27 countries. In all 8% said they were not faithful to their original countries and 12% did not reply. The research also showed that in Britain Muslims "loyal" to their original countries amount to 82% and in Germany the figure is 71%. The survey published yesterday but carried out in 2008 adds that only 44% of French of other religions believe that...
  • French Jews end dialogue with Muslims

    03/24/2009 12:09:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 362+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/24/09 | staff
    The Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF), the umbrella body of French Jewry, will not renew dialogue with French Muslim groups that equated Operation Cast Lead in Gaza with the Holocaust, the group's vice president, Meyer Habib, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. Palestinian supporters protest against the Israeli operation in Gaza, in Berlin. Similar protests were held in France. During Operation Cast Lead, some Muslim organizers of pro-Palestinian demonstrations equated Israel's actions with the Nazi Holocaust, and even carried banners that read "death to Jews."
  • Arson attack on French synagogue

    01/06/2009 8:44:49 AM PST · by FrogBurger · 40 replies · 1,616+ views
    BBC ^ | 1/6/2009 | BBC
    Attackers rammed a burning car into a synagogue in the southern French city of Toulouse, officials have said. The car, packed with a petrol bomb, was set alight and then pushed into the synagogue door by a second car. The building caught fire but a local rabbi and about 12 people caught inside escaped unharmed after Monday's attack. It came as the French defence minister met Jewish and Muslim community leaders to stress the Middle East conflict should not lead to violence in France. Police said they were investigating the attack and had not made any arrests. Molotov cocktails Damage...
  • French Muslim girls lose veil case at European court

    12/04/2008 10:25:25 AM PST · by mick · 19 replies · 1,152+ views
    Kyiv Post ^ | 12/11/08 | Staff
    STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - Europe's human rights court on Thursday threw out a complaint by two French Muslim girls who were expelled from their school for refusing to remove their headscarves during sports lessons.
  • Melting pot cracks as Muslims reject Christian names in France

    11/16/2008 9:36:52 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 30 replies · 1,157+ views
    Timesonline.co.uk ^ | November 15, 2008 | Charles Bremner and Marie Tourres
    They are born in France and called Louis, Laurent or Marie but they want to become Abdel, Said or Rachida. Such requests from immigrants’ children for name changes are mounting in the French courts and worrying a state that lays store on melding a single national culture. In a sign of a new assertiveness, children with families from Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco are reversing the old custom in which immigrants from the old colonies gave French names to their children. Driven by a feeling that they do not belong to their Gallic Christian names, the applicants are meeting resistance from...
  • Mother dressed in 'burka' denied French citizenship

    07/18/2008 1:40:23 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies · 290+ views
    The Times ^ | 7/17/2008 | Charles Bremner in Paris
    A Muslim member of the French Government has attacked the head-to-toe Islamic dress as a prison, applauding a court decision to deny citizenship to a Moroccan woman who wore it. “The burka is a prison, a strait-jacket,” Fadela Amara, the Minister for Urban Affairs and a longstanding women's rights campaigner, said yesterday. “It is not religious. It is the insignia of a totalitarian political project for sexual inequality.” The court decision denying Faiza Mabchour, 32, French citizenship has drawn approval from both Left and Right, highlighting a rejection of Muslim customs that conflict with the values of the secular French...
  • France Rejects Radical Burqa Wearing Muslim

    07/11/2008 11:07:12 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 3 replies · 87+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | July 11 2008 | Christopher Logan
    It appears that Europe is waking up more and more. I have been saying for years that the burqa is a sign of oppression and should not be allowed in non-Islamic countries. More actions like this will make Muslims not even want to come into our countries. Viva la France!! For the rest....
  • Veiled Muslim woman denied French citizenship amid concerns over her 'radical' religious views

    07/12/2008 10:59:43 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies · 107+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 12, 2008
    France has denied citizenship to a veiled Moroccan woman on the grounds that her 'radical' Islam is incompatible with French values, a legal ruling revealed. The case will re-ignite debate about how to reconcile religious freedom with other rights, which many in France feel are being challenged by the way of life of some Muslims. Le Monde newspaper said it is the first time a Muslim applicant had been rejected because of personal religious practice. 'She has adopted a radical practice of her religion, incompatible with essential values of the French community, particularly the principle of equality of the sexes,'...