Islamophobia Rising in France

The National Observatory of Islamophobia affiliated to the French Council of Muslim Faith (CFCM), announced on January 27 that anti-Muslim acts rose sharply in 2012.

According to saphirnews website, the observatory reports that a total of 201 anti-Muslim acts were recorded in 2012, showing a 28% rise compared to 34% for the period of 2011-2012.

Abdallah Zekri, head of the observatory said that the year 2012 ended with a deep sense of concern over the high level of Islamophobia.

He noted that this rise was particularly felt in the months of September and October, marked by the attack on the Mosque of Poitiers.

Mr. Zekri added that among the reasons behind the rise of Islamophobic acts, are the increasing use of new media which allows for more users to create blogs and comment on articles, often anonymously to pour their anti-Muslim hatred by using the pretext of freedom of expression.

He added that Muslims will no longer remain silent in the face of anti-Islamic acts and desecration of their sanctities.