Fear of France's Muslims Following The Paris Attacks
08 December 2015
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
Following the recent attacks carried out in Paris – attributed by the
Parisian Police as the work of a few individuals and subsequently claimed by
Daesh (ISIS) – France's Muslims are faced with the harsh reality of reprisals
against their community. Therefore they have asked the French authorities to
clearly confine the responsibility of these attacks to those who have taken
responsibility for it. These Muslims living in France fear that as a result
of these attacks, the French authorities would adopt draconian policies
against all Muslims. Accordingly the authorities will view all Muslims with
suspicion and will be closely scrutinized by the French Intelligence.
Some have stated that during the previous Friday while Muslims were
congregating to fulfill their Friday prayers, the French Police thoroughly
searched each and every Muslim attending these prayers. According to these
sources such actions betray the deep suspicion French authorities hold
against all Muslims. According to a Muslim – named Soraya – who was
interviewed by the French media, prior to these attacks, Islamic
infrastructure were repeatedly vandalized, the Islamic veil was legally
proscribed and Muslims in general were stripped of all religious and
political rights. But following these attacks, Soraya feared that the French
will adopt even stricter policies against Muslims across the country and
ordinary vigilantes might use these attacks as a pretext to vent their anger
against Muslim individuals and Islamic institutions.
France's Muslim population:
Due to France's historical ties with the Islamic world, France hosts the
largest Muslim population in the West. According to statistics Islam is the
second largest religion in France after Roman Catholicism. In other words,
Muslim make up a larger portion of the population than Jews and Protestants.
According to official statistics Protestants number one million; Buddhists
number 600,000; Jews number 525,000; and Orthodox number 15,000 in France.
Muslims, numbering 6 million form a larger segment of the population than all
the other smaller groups combined. The majority of Muslims live in Paris,
Marseille, and Lyon.
Of the Muslim population approximately 35% are of Algerian descent; 25% are
of Moroccan descent; and 10% are of Tunisian descent. Only about 20,000
Muslims are French by descent.