Muslims in France contend with a shifting centre

Critics of the so-called ‘separatism’ bill say it especially harms France’s Muslim population.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech to present his strategy to fight 'separatism', in Les Mureaux, outside Paris, France, October 2, 2020. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS (Reuters)
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech to present his strategy to fight 'separatism', in Les Mureaux, outside Paris, France, October 2, 2020. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS (Reuters)

When France’s President Emmanuel Macron announced a controversial bill on so-called “Islamist separatism” last year, members of the country’s Muslim population worried about what would happen next. Now, the bill has reached the Senate. As France’s politicians try to outmanoeuvre each other from the right, what impact will their politicking have on a community that has found itself at the heart of this debate?

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Source: Al Jazeera

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