French government continues to increase pressure on Muslims
Pressure on Muslims and Islamic organizations in France has continued to increase in recent weeks since the French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo republished blasphemous cartoons insulting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
French President Emmanuel Macron made a controversial speech on Oct. 2, in which made remarks about “Islamist separatism” and announced plans to “restructure” Islam in France.
The government in France immediately began operations against Islamic organizations and places of worship in the name of "fighting radicalism."
Pressure on Muslims in the country further increased after Samuel Patty, a French teacher who showed blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during class, was murdered on October 16.
Three people were also killed by a suspected extremist inside Nice's Notre Dame basilica on October 29.
Critics say Macron's government is exploiting the spate of violence to intensify his controversial anti-Muslim stance.
After the murder, Macron said France would "not give up our cartoons". His remarks sparked outrage in the Muslim world with many calling for a boycott of French products.
The provocative cartoons were also projected on some hotels and official buildings in the cities of Montpellier, Toulouse and Beziers.
Islamophobia in France
French police raided the homes of prominent Muslim figures after Samuel Paty's murder. Deportation orders were issued for 200 people and more than 50 Islamic associations and organizations are under investigation.
Some organizations, such as the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) and Barakacity were dissolved.
The government's steps appeared to have further stoked Islamophobia in French society. On Oct. 18, two Muslim women of Algerian origin were stabbed near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
On Oct. 22, in the city of Angers, two Jordanian nationals were assaulted for speaking Arabic.