If the official figures are down as regards anti-religious acts (1400 listed in France), those against Muslims, on the other hand, are on the rise. The observation remains bitter in France, with regard to Muslims, Jews and Christians who are often victims of discriminatory acts linked to their religion.
In detail, 1,380 anti-religious acts were recorded between January and October 2021 in France, a drop of 17.2% compared to the same period in 2019, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin indicated last December. 686 anti-Christian acts took place in 2021, compared to 921 in 2019, a decrease of 25%, while anti-Semitic acts recorded a decrease of 15%, 523 in 2021 compared to 617 in 2019. Significant decreases in France which do not concern Muslims since anti-Muslim acts were marked by a 32% increase with 171 acts committed against 129 in 2019. Acts ranging from the desecration of places of worship and cemeteries to attacks, verbal threats, etc. are recorded. Islamophobia is such that the Muslim community is increasingly worried, especially since there is a feeling of powerlessness towards the voluntary or unwilling laxity of the public authorities when it comes to this phenomenon.
This week, France recorded a heinous act against Muslims that shocked Toulouse. Indeed, the city woke up frightened to discover a wild boar carcass hung in front of a sign of the city’s Muslim undertakers. An act that aroused many reactions from the Muslim community of Toulouse. The owner of the Muslim funeral agency who sees it as a targeted attack against him and the Muslims of the region by followers of Islamophobia has filed a complaint but without much conviction, because this type of complaint generally never succeeds especially when they relate to Islam. The judicial support group (GAJ) was seized of the investigation. This will have to determine whether or not it is an act of so-called Islamophobia. But we don’t have too many illusions.
This case follows the voluntary vandalism of the Muslim square in the central cemetery of Mulhouse where in December all the Muslim graves were ransacked. There too nothing has been done despite the complaint filed by the mayor of Mulhouse, Michèle Lutz and the call of the CFCM to the powers to shed light on this tragedy. A month later, nothing new except anti-Muslim acts which tend to multiply. In France, the dignity of Muslims and Muslims is thrown to the ground, designated to the vindictiveness of racist groups which now occupy the political and media space in France. So we should not be surprised about such anti-Muslim acts which are easily confused with the climate of stigmatization of Islam in France.
The concern is great in this community where the faithful are called to extreme vigilance. For years, France, the presumed land of Human Rights, has been sliding slowly but surely, into an increasingly open Islamophobia, acceptable, with the certainty, of reaping the fruits of it during the election period and the one in which we are is even more conducive. This racism against Muslims is historically one of the political pillars of the far right in France. Over time, it has become a constant that attracts all social-political edges, from the extremes to the so-called republican parties.