Debate Heats Up Over Muslims In France
by Soeren Kern – March 17, 2011
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has fired a Muslim advisor he recently hired to promote “diversity” after the appointee openly attacked the president’s plan to hold a debate about Islam in France.
The dustup reflects growing Muslim resistance to Sarkozy’s efforts to protect the secular nature of the French state from Islamic Sharia law, namely by calling for the estimated six million Muslims living in France to be better integrated into French society.
Abderrahmane Dahmane, a Frenchman of Algerian descent, was let go after he spoke out against a plan by Sarkozy’s center-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party to hold a debate on secularism and Islam. The debate, which has been scheduled for April 5, is on the compatibility of Islam with the rules of the secular French Republic.
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Le Pen Is Mightier
Why, just four years after its supposed demise, does France’s National Front have its highest poll ratings ever?
Mar 14, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 25 • Christopher Caldwell
“I used to worry about the National Front,” a middle-aged writer told me when we met in France in February. “Suddenly I’m beginning to wonder if I’m not further to the right than they are.” The National Front, or FN, has been Europe’s archetypal fascistic party of recent years. Founded by Algerian War veteran Jean-Marie Le Pen, anathematized in the media, manipulated by Socialist president François Mitterrand as a means of dividing his opponents, it was embraced by ex-colonists, ex-Communists, and the unemployed as a vehicle for protesting the changes that mass immigration brought in its wake. Le Pen was offensive, clownish, unpredictable. He defended Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf War. He described the Holocaust as a “detail” of World War II. He walked onstage with a photo of the head of a Socialist minister on a platter. And in 2002, he shocked the country by taking 17 percent in the first round of the presidential election, finishing second and eliminating the Socialist candidate. That episode led to a national soul-searching that has not yet abated.
Mere HER i The Weekly Standard.
An estimated 5 million Muslims live in the ZUS – Zones Urbaines Sensibles -, parts of France over which the French state has lost control.