A Brief Guide To Islam In France
The attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has exposed France's unique tensions with the country's Muslim population.By Matt Picht | January 11, 2015
The terrorist attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has inspired a nationwide show of solidarity. But it's also reopened the rift between France's sizable Muslim population and the rest of the nation.
One Parisian told The New York Times, "France has always had — I wouldn't say hatred — this suspicion of Islam and Muslims. It already exists."
The far right National Front party is seizing the moment. Party leader Marine Le Pen recently called for tighter immigration laws and the reintroduction of the death penalty.