In France over 10% of the population is Muslim. Until recently the French government and the French media have preferred to ignore the consequences. After the events of November 13 French authorities began to crack down on Islamists in their country. Watching the situation from afar one does not really grasp the extent of the problem and the difficulty in overcoming it.
Yet, Soeren Kern of the Gatestone Institute has detailed events associated with the rising of Islam in France. His report is detailed and factual. Thus I link it for your edification.
In his introduction Kern outlines the problem in five bullet points:
- An estimated 40,000 cars are burned in France every year — a destruction often attributed to rival Muslim gangs. Every day, more than 80 cars are burned.
- The rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, called for the number of mosques in France to be doubled over the next two years. Boubakeur said that 2,200 mosques are "not enough" for the "seven million Muslims living in France." He demanded that unused churches be converted into mosques.
- Prime Minister Manuel Valls revealed in April that more than 1,550 French citizens or residents are involved in terrorist networks in Syria and Iraq.
- "Can we not talk about subjects that split opinion? If you talk about immigration, you are a xenophobe. If you talk about security, you are a fascist. If you talk about Islam, you are an Islamophobe." – Henri Guaino, MP.
- "Those who denounce the illegal behavior of fundamentalists are more likely to be sued than the fundamentalists who behave illegally." – Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front party.