Rabat – Members of the Muslim community in France will march in Paris on Sunday, November 10 starting from 12 p.m. to decry the scourge of Islamophobia.
AFP reported that the Collective Against Islamophobia in France or NPA and other activists called for activists to raise their voice against a wave of hatred targeting Muslims in France.
The initiative to protests against Islamophobia started on November 1 after the attack on a mosque in Bayonne by a former right wing activist on October 28.
The attack resulted in two serious injuries.
The march will be organized under the slogan “Stop Islamophobia” in response to te growing discrimination against Muslims in France.
A recent study from the French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP) found that 42% of Muslims in France said they have experienced religious discrimination at least once in their lives.
The study added that 60% of women wearing a headscarf were subject to discrimination, while 37% of them have been victims of verbal harassment and insults.
Women who do not wear headscarf were also subject to discrimination for their religion.
Headscarf or hijab is a topical issue in France nowadays, dividing public opinion with some calling for its ban in public spaces.
On October 11, Julien Odoul, a member of France’s National Rally (RN), the country’s leading right-wing political party, asked a Muslim woman to remove her hijab while she was accompanying her son on a school trip.