By Youssef El Kaidi
Morocco World News
Fez, June 14, 2013
Anti-Muslim acts are on the rise in France and press reports continue to uncover a reality that is growing increasingly Islamophobic, intolerant and ethnocentric in the country of equality, liberty and fraternity.
After a racist attack against a 17 years old girl in Argenteuil (Val-d’Oise) in the Paris area on May 20th, a veiled young pregnant Muslim woman aged 21 years claimed to be assaulted Thursday morning, June 13, in Rue de Calais of the same French commune. French investigators took her claim with caution because they said it is replete with “inconsistencies” as Le Parisian reported.
The young woman claimed that when she went to a medical laboratory to check her test results, she was approached by two men with shaved heads in street Antonin-Georges-Belin. The two individuals trailed her to rue de Calais where they “tore her veil and cut her hair,” said the prosecutor of Pontoise. The victim also received blows on the belly, according to a man who talked to her family.
After subjecting the young pregnant woman to physical and moral violence, the two men fled away in the rue de Calais which is supplied with a surveillance camera. The young woman immediately called her sister and brother-in-law who came to find her sitting on the ground, paralyzed and shocked at the amount of hatred and violence she was subjected to.
She was then taken to the emergency hospital of Argenteuil to leave it a few hours later. The young woman hasn’t yet issued an official complaint against the perpetrators due to fatigue as her husband explained, ensuring that she will do that on Friday, June 14.
The case of this young lady is not the first on in Argenteuil. In late May, a 17 year old veiled girl had been victim of a similar attack. When she was coming back home in North Street, in the residential area of Coteaux, two men snatched her veil, insulted her and thrown her on the ground before beating her. She had been prescribed seven days of disability as a result.
If such cases of anti-Muslim violence prove anything, they prove that France, which has been renowned of its cultural, ethnic and religious co-existence and tolerance, is betraying the principles of the enlightenment and the human values of freedom of speech, freedom of worship, and freedom of thought of which France has always been boastful.
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