More than 13,500 people marched in Paris on Sunday from Islamophobia, at a controversial protest which generated anxieties on the left and brought criticism from the French authorities and right-wing celebrations. Smaller protests were held in other French cities such as Marseille and Toulouse.
Protesters waved banners reading slogans such as”Yes religious criticism, no more to hatred of the loyal” and”prevent Islamophobia”. Marchers chanted”Solidarity with girls wearing the hijab.”
At the procession were marching social rights groups like the French collective against Islamophobia.
Left-wing pioneer Jean-Luc Mélenchon attended the sole French party boss to do so, and also among the few elected officials out of his far-left celebration La France Insoumise and also the Green Party who dared.
Left-wing MP Clementine Autain, of Melenchon’s celebration, tweeted that she attended overcome”hatred, rejection, and stigmatization of Muslims” while Greens Senator Esther Benbassa praised that a”serene, excellent fun, taxpayer march”.
“We came to raise the alert, to state there is a level of hatred that we should not cross”, Larbi, a 35-year-old entrepreneur, told the AFP.
“We wish to get heard, to endure an open society, so people do not wish to get moved apart”, Asmae Eumosid, 29, an engineer who wore the hijab, told the AFP.
“Nonsense has been said about Islam and Muslim girls nowadays.
Back in Marseilles, a couple hundred people marched, one of the Muslim households in addition to union members and left-handed activists. “We’re the Republic’s kids”, the audience chanted.
Claudine Rodinson, a 76-year-old pensioner marching together with the Lutte ouvrière marriage, told the AFP that she did not know the way the left” had lost all of dignity” from the present discussion: “A scandalous propaganda has been spread against Muslims, that conflates terrorism and Islam”, she explained.
The idea of”Islamophobia”, in addition to the identity of a number of the march’s organizers, directed part of the abandoned to dissociate with the motion. The Socialist Party has stated it will populate a march against racism shortly.
“We can not stand idly by”, he said, criticizing far-right pioneer Marine Le Pen, who stated that the march was a”protest hand consistent with Islamists”.
Many members of the French authorities had harsh words for the march, and that the Secretary of state for childhood, Gabriel Attal, called”excruciating”.
Elisabeth Borne, the French ministry for Ecological transition and solidarity, said the march was”pitting individuals against each other” and hailed its own”ambiguities”.