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French Muslim Players in Russia World Cup

PARIS – For many European footballers, playing for national teams represents one of the important occasions they use to express a sense of national identity. In this year World Cup tournament, Russia 2018, there is a host of Muslim players in the French squad, representing their country in the most prestigious international football event. Here …

Hailed as Hero 'Spiderman', Muslim Climbs Building to Rescue Baby

PARIS – A Malian Muslim immigrant has been hailed a national hero in France after scaling a building to save a four-year-old baby; he has also been granted honorary citizenship and a job as a fireman. “Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child,” Paris mayor Anne …

Muslim Denied French Citizenship for Refusing Handshake

PARIS – An Algerian Muslim woman who refused to shake hands with officials during her citizenship ceremony has been denied the French citizenship, France’s highest administrative court ruled. The government said her behavior showed she was “not assimilated into the French community,” Agence France Press reported, quoting a ruling issued on Thursday. The woman argued …

French President Rules Out Hijab Ban

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out a ban on the Islamic hijab in public, admitting that the Muslim women outfit should be tolerated in the country. “I am not especially happy that some [Muslim] women choose to wear the headscarf when out in public, but it must be tolerated,” Macron was quoted …

Theologian's Absence Overshadows French Muslim Event

PARIS – For those attending this year’s annual gathering of Muslims in the French city, Le Bourget, the absence of Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan, now in custody, is casting gloom over the event, which is already struggling to cope with a declining number of visitors. “Attendance has been declining for a few years, but in …

French Muslims Attend Mass to Mourn Shooting Victims

PARIS – Hundreds of Muslims in Trebes, Southern France, joined their Christian neighbors during the Saint-Etienne church Sunday’s mass to pay their respects to the victims of the deadly shooting that shook France two days ago. “It’s important to be here. I knew the victims,” Sarah, 23, a former employee of the Super U supermarket …

Half of French Think Islam is Compatible with Their Society

PARIS – A new study conducted by the Institut Français d’Opinion Publique (IFOP) found that 56% of French people believe Islam is compatible with the values of their society. The survey of IFOP and Journal de Dimanche also asked the French people what they thought about creating a tax on halal products, the revenues of …

"Dislike, Disagree, But Don’t Discriminate"

Anyone who heard Mennel Ibtissem’s rendition of Hallelujah on the French edition of The Voice heard the music of an angel, preaching coexistence by mixing Arabic and English in her beautiful performance. Such was the positive reaction of even Brigitte Macron, the French president’s wife, as she praised Mennel saying, ‘Hallelujah in (English and) Arabic, …



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