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Is France at war with its Muslims?

President Emmanuel Macron has launched a nationwide crackdown on so-called ‘radical Islam’ following the beheading of a teacher.

A mosque has been ordered shut and a pro-Hamas group dissolved.

It follows dozens of raids on Muslims and organisations suspected of inciting hatred.

The campaign comes after the stabbing and decapitation of a teacher by a Moscow-born Chechen refugee, who was later shot dead by police.

Samuel Paty had discussed cartoons of Prophet Mohammed in a class on free speech.

President Emmanuel Macron has promised to step up a crackdown on what he calls “radical Muslims”.

He says he’s protecting the French people from “evil”.

But will this iron-fist policy work? And how much is politics at play?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


Yasser Louati – head of the Justice & Liberties For All Committee

Jacques Reland – senior research fellow at the Global Policy Institute

Renaud Girard – chief foreign correspondent for Le Figaro newspaper