The stakes of the French elections for Muslims


Nothing is foreign28:00The stakes of the French elections for Muslims

France is electing a new president this weekend – and once again the culture war on Islam is front and center. Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate, has proposed banning Muslim women from wearing headscarves in public, and she is set to upset Emmanuel Macron, France’s current centrist president. As the debate over French identity and rampant Islamophobia resurfaces, our guest, Rim-Sarah Alouane, a French jurist, says it is “exhausting” to feel as a French Muslim that “you are never enough”. So what does this moment mean for the largest Muslim population in Western Europe? And how close is France to the edge of a far-right future? With: Rim-Sarah Alouane, French jurist and specialist in civil liberties. 28:00

France is electing a new president this weekend – and once again the culture war on Islam is front and center.

Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate, has proposed banning Muslim women from wearing headscarves in public, and she is set to upset Emmanuel Macron, France’s current centrist president.

As the debate over French identity and rampant Islamophobia resurfaces, our guest, Rim-Sarah Alouane, a French jurist, says it is “exhausting” to feel as a French Muslim that “you are never enough”.

So what does this moment mean for the largest Muslim population in Western Europe? And how close is France to the edge of a far-right future?

With:

  • Rim-Sarah Alouane, French jurist and specialist in civil liberties.

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