Almost two-thirds of French voters say Islam has become too "visible" in France, while almost half see the minority Muslim community as a "threat to national identity", according to a poll in April from French daily Le Figaro.
With the bans on headscarves in schools and the burkini, some are left wondering if French Muslims are being unfairly singled out by the French government.
"We have a significant Muslim population, so we have to find the reasonable accommodation," says French ambassador Gerard Araud. "It's an ongoing debate ... which means that there will be mistakes, there will be backlash.
"Of course there is an element of Islamophobia … a poisoned atmospherics, and the French authorities are trying to cool that down."
In this Web Extra, Araud defends France's secular policies and denies claims of a "double standard" when it comes to Islam.
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Source: Al Jazeera News