Muslims in France: their stories

The French government's move this year to ban the wearing of the burqa or niqhab in public led to passionate debate about multi-culturalism and national identity. Mediapart talked to Muslim men and women of different ages, backgrounds and occupations to learn their views of the issues and what it is to live with their faith in France.

Seen from La Courneuve

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The French government's move this year to ban the wearing of the burqa or niqhab in public led to passionate debate about multi-culturalism and national identity. Mediapart talked to Muslim men and women of different ages, backgrounds and occupations to learn their views of the issues and what it is to live with their faith in France.

Nora: 'my hijab is my freedom'

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The French government's move this year to ban the wearing of the burqa or niqhab in public led to passionate debate about multi-culturalism and national identity. Mediapart talked to Muslim men and women of different ages, backgrounds and occupations to learn their views of the issues and what it is to live with their faith in France. In this second report we talk to Nora, born to Algerian immigrant parents. she says she was once a "totally anti-Islam" teenager. Now 30, Nora considers herself' "reconverted" and has worn the hijab for the last four years. She believes that is why she was failed in exams to become a teacher. But she says it's for her to define what is her personal freedom, not society. This her story.