Friday, January 16, 2015
Since attack on Charlie Hebdo 60 Islamophobic incidents in France
French police at the scene of an explosion at a kebab shop thatw as damaged following an explosion near a mosque in Villefranche-sur-Saone.
Twenty-six mosques around France have been subject to attack by firebombs, gunfire, pig heads, and grenades as Muslims are targeted with violence in the wake of the Paris attacks.
France’s National Observatory Against Islamophobia reports that since last Wednesday a total of 60 Islamophobic incidents have been recorded, with countless minor encounters believed to have gone unreported. Amongst the incidents, a mosque in Le Mans was hit with four grenades, and gunfire directed through one of its windows.
While Islamophobic incidents are nothing new, there appears to have been a marked increase in attacks in the wake of the shootings at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
Muslim-owned businesses including restaurants have also been targeted with bomb attacks.
Other incidents include racist graffiti, theats, and intimindation.
Senior French politicians have warned against linking the gunmen with peaceful Muslims, of which France has the biggest population in Europe.
French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said last week that the word “Islamist” should not be used to described the murderers, but rather “terrorist”.