It was referred to as following final month’s assault on a mosque in the southern French metropolis of Bayonne by an 84-year-old man, a former far-right activist, who shot and wounded two males.

Many of the protesters carried placards denouncing assaults on Islam, numerous girls participating wore conventional Muslim veils, whereas others had adopted veils bearing the blue, white and pink colors of the French flag.

Around 13,500 folks attended the march, based on a depend carried out by the Occurence consultancy and commissioned by the information media, together with AFP.

The march was referred to as by numerous people and organizations, together with the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF).

It additionally got here as the controversy over the veil has been revived in France and against a background of a number of jihadist assaults in France in current years.

“We came to sound the alarm, to say there is a level of hate you don’t go beyond,” one marcher, Larbi, a 35-year-old businessman, instructed AFP.

“We are open to criticism, but you mustn’t go beyond certain limits of aggression,” he added.

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“French and Muslim… Proud of our two identities.” Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP

“We want to be heard… not pushed to edge of society,” Asmae Eumosid, a veiled lady from the suburbs of Paris, instructed AFP.

“You hear a lot of nonsense about Islam and about veiled women today,” the 29-year-old, who works as an engineer in the automobile business, added.

“With or without the veil, we are sick of being the last in line,” stated a nurse, Nadjet Fella, who stated she had campaigned in Algeria against strain to put on the veil there.

“I chose not to wear it, but it hurts me that those who wear it are picked on,” she added.

In the southern metropolis of Marseille on Sunday, a number of hundred folks staged an analogous demonstration, carrying placards that learn “Islamophobia kills” and shouting “We are all children of the Republic”.

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Around 13,500 folks attended the march in Paris. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP

Claudine Rodinson, a 76-year-old pensioner, got here with a gaggle fo the unconventional left Lutte Ouvriere (Workers Struggle) celebration.

“There is a scandalous propaganda waged against Muslims,” she stated, including that jihadist terrorism was intentionally equated with Islam.

France has between 5 and 6 million Muslims, based on the most recent research, which makes it the second largest faith in the nation – and the biggest Muslim neighborhood in Europe.

But France is fiercely protecting of the secular ideas of its structure, banning the carrying of spiritual symbols in state colleges, for instance.

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A lady carrying a veil in the French colors: blue, white and pink. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP

Last week, the Socialist celebration formally distanced itself from the demonstration, objecting to a reference to oppressive legal guidelines regarding Muslims – thought by some to be a reference to the 2004 legislation banning the carrying of veils in colleges.

It stated it will set up its personal demonstration at a later date.

Critics additionally accused a few of the 50 unique signatories to the petition calling for the march of getting hyperlinks to political Islam – together with the CCIF itself.

A variety of far-left politicians, together with Jean-Luc Melenchon, the firebrand chief of France Unbowed celebration, however joined the Paris rally on Sunday.

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Protesters march close to the Gare du Nord. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP

Several members of the federal government in the meantime made it clear they’d no sympathy for the march.

Gabriel Attal, a junior minister with duty for younger folks, denounced what he stated was the opportunism of these left-wing politicians supporting the march.

And Elisabeth Borne, junior minister for ecology, stated the march was solely setting folks against one another.

Marine Le Pen, chief of the far-right National Rally, additionally condemned the march in a tweet on Sunday.

Radical Islamism had killed much more Muslims in France than Islamophobia, she argued. “This reveals the extent of your fraud!” she added.


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