• Teenager twins and their parents arrested for Jihadist connections

    by  • April 3, 2015

    The judge of the Audiencia Nacional José Luis Castro has ordered the placement of the twin brothers (16 years old) in a juvenile detention facility for a period of six months after they have been arrested on Tuesday in Badalona (Barcelona). They are accused of belonging to a terrorist ‘jihadist’ organization, legal sources reported....

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    Nice bans Muslim couple’s marriage

    by  • April 3, 2015

    Nice’s mayor has refused to validate a Muslim couple’s marriage because of suspicion concerning the couple’s potential radicalization. The city stated that they prevented the union because they doubted the spouses’ mutual consent. However, according to France Bleu, there concerns about jihadism that pushed the city to refuse the union. A prosecutor was called...

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    Pork in School Cafeterias: Sarkozy criticized by UMP members

    by  • April 3, 2015

    Chalon-sur-Saone’s UMP mayor Gilles Platret eliminated his town’s alternative cafeteria menu, preventing Muslim students who do not eat pork from being offered another option. His decision has divided the UMP. It’s not the first time a similar decision has been made. Sargé-lès-Le Mans (Sarthe) and Arveyres both made similar decisions in December 2014 and...

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    Islam in France: Revelations of a prominent French cop (video)

    by  • April 3, 2015

    A former General Information official, considered to be one of the principal specialists on Islam in France, Bernard Godard was invited to discuss his new book The Muslim Question in France. During the interview he discusses how Islam is practiced by the generations born in France, the difficulties of the French Council of the Muslim Religion, as well as the development of the Salafist movement, Islamophobia, and the Interior Minister’s recent initiative to create a “dialogue forum” between the government and the representatives of Islam.

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    Akhenaton: France has been scared of Islam since 9/11 (video)

    by  • April 3, 2015

    Akhenaton, singer and member of the band IAM, released his fifth solo album in November entitled Je suis en vie. The singer has been known for his anti-racism advocacy. In his song Etrangs fruits, a tribute to the “protest song” by Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit, the singer denounces, “zemmourification,” a reference to the polemicist who has used the media to create controversy. The rapper discussed the state of French society and the “fear of Islam.”

    “Islam, a subject which is absolutely not taught.” Does France have a problem with Islam? “France is Islamophobic,” said Akhenaton: “Islamo-phobe= someone who is fearful of Islam.” For the IAM singer, this fear dates back to the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

    But for the rapper, the response has not been equal to the level of fear. Akhenaton calls out teaching curricula. “Do you think that our universities know the subject of Islam well? The same ones who teach history today?” he asked before adding, “it’s a subject that is absolutely not taught, while 7 million of our fellow citizens” are concerned.

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    Marseille: Why Muslim Democrats threw in the towel

    by  • April 3, 2015

    With the party president’s and leader’s approval, the Muslim Democrats have decided not to participate in the upcoming local elections. The only four candidates left were Bruno Perez, Houria Medjbar, Mustafa Nechadi, and Fadila Taghouti. Candidates will not participate because they believe the “conditions for a fair democratic process are not being met, not...

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