In response to the latest vandal attacks on hundreds of Muslim graves in a military cemetery in northern France, French Muslims demanded a new day of remembrance for France’s Muslim war dead. The Rally of French Muslims (RMF) issued a statement that it “firmly and tirelessly condemns these cowardly and despicable acts.”

Approximately 500 of the 576 Muslim graves were defaced on the eve of Eid al-Adha, one of the two main religious festivals which marks the end of hajj. Mohammed Moussaoui, the head of the RMF and of the CFCM (French Council of the Muslim Faith or the Counseil Francais du Culte Musulman), urged that such a day would raise awareness about the contributions of Muslims to defend the freedom of France. During WWI, France amassed approximately 600,090 colonial subjects largely from North Africa, of whom 78,000 were killed.

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