Islamophobia and the shyness of the French Left

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A number of Muslim organisations in France considered by the government to be linked to radical Islamic movements have been dissolved by decree since the gruesome October 2020 terrorist murder of school teacher Samuel Paty. While some of the dissolutions have been criticised as unjustified and counter to public freedoms, the broad French Left of political parties and civil society stands accused of shying away from an issue that is a political hot potato, instead choosing to observe what the head of one Muslim association called a “deafening silence”.  Mathilde Goanec reports.

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Following the murder in a Paris suburb last October of French school teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded in a street in broad daylight by a young Chechen Islamist terrorist, the government set about a crackdown on Muslim associations, places of worship, and individuals which were considered to be involved in the promotion of terrorism.