Why is Islamophobia on the rise in France?

Essential Middle East examines the reasons behind the rise of Muslim hate in France.

A protestor holds a placard that reads 'France Islamophobe'
A protester holds a placard that reads 'France Islamophobe' during a demonstration against the French government's global security bill and restrictions that target Muslim communities [Abdulmonam Eassa/Getty Images]

France is home to one of western Europe’s largest Muslim populations, estimated at 5.7 million.

Since the nation held presidential and legislative elections, Muslims in France have endured a rise in discrimination, from bans on burkinis and Muslim headscarves to accusations of offending the values of the secular republic. Many Muslims feel the elections have stigmatised their faith and increased populist and right-wing attacks on their way of life.

In this episode:

  • Nacira Guenif, professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of Paris 8

Episode credits:

This episode was produced by Hayat Mongodin and Khaled Soltan and hosted by Sami Zeidan. Research is by our intern Nada Shakir. Our sound designer is George Alwer. Our lead engagement producer is Aya Elmileik and the assistant engagement producer is Munera AlDosari. Omar Al-Saleh is our executive producer. Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera English’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera