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9349Islam and Muslims in France: Muslims of France: Part 1 - Colonials

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  • Zafar Khan
    Jan 6, 2012
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      Muslims of France: Part 1 - Colonials
      Many Muslims would die for France during the First and Second World Wars, but did France recognise their sacrifices?
      Al Jazeera World Last Modified: 19 Dec 2011 13:01

      http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/aljazeeraworld/2011/11/201111289409986278.html

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      As issues of immigration and integration raise Europe's political temperature, this three-part series examines the history of Muslim immigration to France - a country where debate continues to rage over how to reconcile a long-standing tradition of secularism with religious diversity.

      Today, there are an estimated five million Muslims living in France. A century ago, they were referred to as "colonials". During the 1960s, they were known as "immigrants". Today, they are "citizens". But how have the challenges facing each generation of immigrants changed?

      The first part of the series tells the story of the 5,000 Muslims who by 1904 were working on the shop floors of Paris, in the soap factories of Marseilles and in the coalfields of the north; of the Muslim soldiers who fought and died for France during the First World War; and the Muslim members of the resistance who helped liberate Paris in 1944. Born as North Africans, many would die for France. But how much did post-war France care about their sacrifices?
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      Muslims of France: Part 2 - Immigrants
      How a generation of Muslims abandoned their parents' dreams of returning home and began building their lives in France.
      Al Jazeera World Last Modified: 19 Dec 2011 13:02

      http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/muslimsoffrance/2011/12/2011121414336584703.html

      [VIDEO]
      As issues of immigration and integration raise Europe's political temperature, this three-part series examines the history of Muslim immigration to France - a country where debate continues to rage over how to reconcile a long-standing tradition of secularism with religious diversity.

      Today, there are an estimated five million Muslims living in France. A century ago, they were referred to as "colonials". During the 1960s, they were known as "immigrants". Today, they are "citizens". But how have the challenges facing each generation of immigrants changed?

      The second part of the series explores post-Second World War immigration and reveals a generation of Muslims who, far from expecting to one day return home, began building their lives and communities in France.
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      Muslims of France: Part 3 - Citizens
      What challenges face the young Muslims who grew up in France and entered adulthood at a time of economic crisis?
      Al Jazeera World Last Modified: 19 Dec 2011 13:03

      http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/muslimsoffrance/2011/12/2011121414619380464.html

      As issues of immigration and integration raise Europe's political temperature, this three-part series examines the history of Muslim immigration to France - a country where debate continues to rage over how to reconcile a long-standing tradition of secularism with religious diversity.

      Today, there are an estimated five million Muslims living in France. A century ago, they were referred to as "colonials". During the 1960s, they were known as "immigrants". Today, they are "citizens". But how have the challenges facing each generation of immigrants changed?

      The third and final part of the series tells the stories of the young Muslims who grew up in France and entered adulthood at a time of economic crisis, massive unemployment and rampant social problems.
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      French extremist sent to prison for desecrating Muslims graves
      Law 1/5/2012 10:29:00 AM

      http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2212813&Language=en

      PARIS, Jan 5 (KUNA) -- A French court ruled a prison sentence against a former French military man for desecrating Muslim graves in the southwestern city of Castres, French media sources reported late Wednesday.
      The sources noted that the Frenchman, who is also a member in the National Front of the Far-Right extremist group, was sentenced into three years in prison with suspension and a fine, EUR 1000, for the families of the Muslim individuals, whose graves were desecrated by the convict.
      In January 2011, the former military man placed three pieces of pigskin on three graves in the Muslim graveyard in Castres, added sources. He described his act as a resistance to the "Arabic and Islamic invasion to France".
      According to Islamic organizations in France, attempted attacks against Islamic existence in France has increased by 34 percent last year. Last week, Muslim graves in southern France were vandalized for the second time in three months. (end) ta.ma KUNA 051029 Jan 12NNNN
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      France fines six Muslim women for wearing niqab
      By AGENCIES
      Published: Jan 3, 2012 20:18 Updated: Jan 3, 2012 20:19

      http://arabnews.com/world/article558351.ece

      PARIS: France has fined six Muslim women for wearing veils since a ban on face-covering veils took effect in April, French interior minister said.

      Claude Gueant said in an interview with the daily Le Monde published Monday that no woman has been sent to a citizenship class — another potential punishment.

      Gueant said police cited a total of 237 women but only six were convicted. He said that nearly a quarter of the women police questioned had converted to Islam.

      French police earlier this week fined a Muslim woman for driving a car while wearing a full-face veil covering. French authorities consider the veil a safety issue as they say it reduces the driver’s field of vision.

      The French newspaper reported that the woman was stopped while driving in the coastal town of Saint-Brieuc, Brittany. Police spokesman Laurent Dufour explained that the driver “seemed hesitant in her driving” and police then realized she was veiled.

      Dufour said “This is an issue of skill, safety and visibility,” comparing the niqab to other distractions whilst driving such as eating a sandwich or smoking. The woman was fined €35.