Keyword: Muslims

French Muslims look to science to determine start of Ramadan

Muslims in France to end almost 1,400 years of Islamic tradition and use astronomy to determine start of Ramadan and other Islamic holidays.

Union claims Muslim French rail workers 'barred from contact with Peres'

French rail operator SNCF denies union claims that it barred black and Arab workers from contact with Israeli president during a recent Paris visit.

French Muslims anxious over widening of headscarf ban

President François Hollande wants a new law that could extend to the private sector restrictions on the wearing of prominent religious symbols.

Revealed: The real story about French Muslims, immigration and radicalisation


Islam is the second religion in France yet Muslims often feel discriminated against and misunderstood. And because the French state outlaws the gathering of data on religious or ethnic grounds it is difficult to know exactly how Muslims view their faith, how many are being radicalised – or even how many Muslims there are in the country. Here Mediapart publishes the results of a major new study attempting to overcome this lack of data. It confirms that a small proportion of Muslim youths are being radicalised. But it also shows how the way in which they are depicted in society has led to an increased religious sentiment among Muslims anxious to assert their identity. Carine Fouteau reports.

French Muslims join opposition to same-sex marriage

Fifty Muslim activists have issued an open letter urging fellow Muslims to join a major Paris protest against the law at the weekend.

Qatari funds for French sink estate zones meets with suspicion and hurt pride

Qatari funding for the social revival of France's notorious suburban housing estate zones crumbling into social disorder greeted with political hostility.

More of French PM's interview with Mediapart: the TSCG, making EU more democratic, cabinet splits and Muslim anger

In this second and final part of his exclusive interview with Mediapart, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault answers the suggestion that he is railroading the democratic process with the adoption of the European Treaty on Stability, Cooperation and Governance (TSCG), sets out his position on the widespread use of tax havens by big banks and corporations, and for greater representation of national parliaments in EU decision-making. He also answers questions on recent domestic issues, including his government's decision to ban demonstrations in protest at the publication by a French magazine of cartoon caricatures of Prophet Mohammed, and the calling to book of his interior minister over his out-of-step comments on racial profiling and the right to vote of of non-EU nationals.

Muslims in France waiting for the backlash

Muslims in France and Europe speak of their fear of a backlash yet to come after Mohammed Merah's shooting spree in Toulouse last month.

France issues first fines to women defying face veil ban

Two French Muslim women have become the first to be convicted under a law banning the wearing of the full-face veil in France.

Paris ban on Muslim street prayers comes into effect

A ban on saying prayers in the street, a practice by French Muslims unable to find space in mosques, has come into effect in Paris.

French burkha ban 'boosts Mid-East tourist numbers in UK

British shops are cashing in on the burkha ban in France because wealthy Middle Eastern shoppers are avoiding Paris, claims The Daily Mail.