France: Thousands gather for divisive march against Islamophobia

Thousands gathered in the streets of Paris on Sunday to march against Islamophobia and anti-Muslim prejudice, days after an attack at a mosque in the French city of Bayonne. The demonstration has divided the French political class due to alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Demonstrators can be seen flooding the streets of the French capitals, waving French flags and anti-Islamophobia signs... Еще. Several politicians who had originally signed the open letter calling for the demonstration either did not attend or have retracted their signatures amid reports of links between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), which organised the event. «I am part of the organising committee so I am very well placed to tell you that it is not at all the case,» said activist Feiza Ben Mohamed of the allegations. «And even if it were the case, today we are here for a fight, the fight against Islamophobia must bring all French citizens together, beyond political, philosophical and religious differences.» «I tell them they are wrong and they are wrong to believe what the media say, that's what I have to say,» said Eric Coquerel, an MP for the far-left la France Insoumise party. «I took part in many anti-racist demonstrations; this is the first one to be insulted so much by the media.» The CCIF called for the march after an octogenarian allegedly opened fire outside the mosque in the south-western city of Bayonne, seriously injuring two people.

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