Algeria Unamused by Hollande’s Terrorism Joke

François Hollande may like a good knee-slapper, but Algeria is not laughing along with him. The French president, whose popularity is already historically low, irritated many in Algeria when he quipped that Interior Minister Manuel Valls had returned from a trip to the North African country “safe and sound … which is itself quite a […]

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 […]

Chokri Belaid, Tunisian Politician and Activist, Murdered, Splitting a Country in Two

Protests have broken out across Tunisia in response to the murder of Chokri Belaid, the left-wing human rights activist and head of the Democratic Patriots Movement. Belaid, 48, was gunned down outside of his home on Wednesday, February 6. A lawyer and opponent of the ruling Islamist party Ennahda, Belaid was a champion of a […]

UPDATED – Algeria Raids Gas Plant Where Islamist Terrorists Hold Hostages, Many Hostages Dead or Missing

On Thursday, January 17, Algerian Special Forces raided a gas plant where an Islamist terrorist group was holding hostages. As of 11:30 EST January 18, there have been reports that approximately 30-35 hostages and 18 militants were killed during the operation. The Algerian state news agency reported that over 600 were taken hostage. The plant […]

Le Pen Proposes Forbidding both the Veil and Kippah in Public

It is a rare thing when Judaism and Islam have something in common politically, but in France the two are currently sharing the honor of Marine Le Pen’s latest attack victims. On September 21st Marine le Pen, leader of the Front National, France’s right-wing, neo-fascist party, told the French newspaper “Le Monde” that if she were […]

The German Approach to Religious Tolerance

The German city of Hamburg, one of 16 German states, entered into an agreement that might prove to be an effective way to deal with the rising number of Muslim citizens in Europe. The agreement, which came after five years of negotiation, is based on a balance between rights and duties. It allows Muslim workers […]

France Takes Stance on Syrian Conflict

On Wednesday August 8th, former President Nicolas Sarkozy and the President of the Syrian National Council, M. Abdel Basset Sieda, expressed themselves on the current Syrian crisis. Criticized by the left, applauded by the UMP, this declaration has at least taken credit for sparking a reaction from François Hollande. Following the declaration of Gérard Araud, […]

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 […]