Islamophobia a la France

Print edition : April 27, 2018

A street in Marseille, southern France, in December 2009. In 2011, France stole a march on the rest of Europe by being the first state to outlaw the niqab in public. Photo: MICHEL GANGNE/AFP/The New York Times

Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National since 2011. Wolfreys reveals her to be an inventive architect of Islamophobia. Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP

Nicolas Sarkozy, in 2012, when he was President. Wolfreys gives Sarkozy and his “hyper-presidentialism” no quarter. Photo: LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP

A woman wearing a burkini at a beach in Marseille on August 27, 2016. Since 2004, the rap of the French state and legal system bearing down on displays of Muslim “difference” has acquired metronomic regularity. Photo: REUTERS

Jim Wolfreys’ important study documents the risible, theatre-of-the-absurd quality to the actions the French state has resorted to over recent years to marginalise and punish its roughly four million citizens of Muslim origin or faith.
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