A Louvre-led government initiative will open 18 Islamic art exhibitions in 18 French cities simultaneously, in the hopes of disseminating Islamophobia and emphasizing that Islamic culture has been an integral part of France’s culture since the Middle Ages.
An opinion poll revealed that 72% of French people believe that France’s historical identity will be threatened if Islam becomes its largest religion. Analysts attributed this result to the spread of Islamophobia and the rhetoric of the far-right.
International media have highlighted a women’s football team in France, which is struggling against a ban imposed by the French Federation on Hijab in stadiums, in violation of the FIFA’s ban lift, and despite the absence of an official law to justify the ban. https://youtu.be/fy1OaOrR7jQ
The French National Assembly adopted the controversial anti-separatism bill, which its critics see as targeting French Muslims, the largest Muslim community in Europe, while the government believes that it will battle extremism and address separatist tendencies.
The dean of the Grand Mosque of Paris presented a Quran to the French teenager, Mila, who sparked a great debate on the Internet after criticizing Islam and the Qur'an. The dean stressed that using dialogue and discussion is the way to correct concepts about Islam.
French newspaper "Mediapart", revealed disturbing details about a terrorist plot that a right-wing extremist group planned against Muslims in France in 2018, but surprisingly, all the suspects in this crime were released from prisons after less than 3 years! https://youtu.be/aw_riUuY5KQ
A Reuters report revealed that Muslims are the most vulnerable to Covid-19 infection in France, as their lower-than-average socio-economic status brings them into closer contact with the public and forces them to live in cramped multi-generational households.
Several mosques in France criticized the new regulations set by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food to ban the slaughter of poultry in line with Islamic principles, as it "sends a negative message to the Muslim community in the country ahead of Ramadan."