Keyword: Muslims in France

Muslims in France: Jennifer, a convert, now has 'duties to God'

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This is the fourth in a series of portraits of French Muslims. The men and women interviewed live in La Courneuve, a suburb north of Paris notorious for the difficult living conditions in its huge, high-rise social housing projects. Jennifer, 28, raised in a Christian family, recently converted to Islam, initially via the internet. Islam "seemed like the most sensible religion at the moral and practical levels".

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Muslims in France: 'one day they'll ban the beard'

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This is the third in a series of portraits of French Muslims. The men and women interviewed live in La Courneuve, a suburb north of Paris notorious for the difficult living conditions in its huge, high-rise social housing projects. 'Abdel', one of the men sporting 'Islamic' beards at a local mosque, tells how he discovered a faith that saved him from his own "excessive" nature and of his disdain towards "those who don't practice what they say they have in their hearts".