Violent Outbreaks in Parisian Suburbs Highlight Religious Tensions

Nearly 250 youth in the town of Trappes skirmished with city police during the evening of Friday, July 19 and early morning of Saturday, July 20. The attacks were launched in protest of the arrest of a Muslim woman for wearing a niqab, or veil that fully covers the face with a slit for the […]

Laïcité and Baby-Loup Revisited

On Tuesday, March 19, France’s Cour de Cassation (Court of Cassation) overturned previous rulings on the Baby-Loup case, declaring the dismissal of Fatima Afif to be religious discrimination. This decision revives unsolved disputes on laïcité (secularism) in France, and raises the question of how to maintain the principle of a secular state without infringing on […]

Opinion: France’s Issues with Secularism

Several recent events brought French issues regarding religion back into the forefront. Debates and events regarding the French relationship with religion seem to have accumulated easily in the last few years. One of the latest, the International Football Federation has allowed women soccer players to wear veils during games, creating a huge scandal in France. […]

United States Criticizes France over Religious Tolerance

On Monday July 30 the United States State Department released a report on international religious freedom stating that France and Belgium had recently instituted laws about dress that “adversely affected Muslims.” France was included in the more general statement made by the report that there has been a recent rise in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in […]