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 […]