Nice article, but quite honestly, misses the mark on so many aspects of the reality of life in France. i.e. of institutional racism, identity politics, existing post-colonial attitudes to Muslims/Africans, the barriers present in French society PREVENTING integration etc.
M.A.E. provides a different reasoning to the problem than Nabil above, and I encourage everyone read that and then decide which one better explains the problem.
From my perspective, I’m much more inclined to agree with M.A.E below.
The truck driver attack in Nice was executed by a man who in no way was religious — did not pray, drank alcohol, ate pork, took drugs, didn’t attend a mosque etc. — and fully 1/3 (not simply “some”) of the victims (men, women AND children) of his attack were Muslims — indicates this attack had nothing to do with religion/Islam/”Islamism” etc. And has anyone found the origin/source of the weapons in his truck including FAKE weapons? Why would a “jihadist” have fake weapons?
In an interview after the Nice attack, an American journalist who had lived in Nice for over a decade was interviewed on CBC radio. She said that even through she’s fluent in French and has “integrated” well from her perspective, she’s not accepted as French. Now if SHE’s having that problem, and she’s not an isolated case, it’s not the fault of the North Africans that they are not accepted either.
And the recent Burkini affair is so ridiculous that it’s yet another example that truth is stranger than fiction. The idea that a specific outfit worn by a tiny minority of women will cause “public disorder” is so ludicrous that any rational person would immediately reject it as a joke. Yet, the fact that French politicians all the way up to Hollande supported it, shows the utter contempt they have for the RIGHTS of Muslim women. Hiding behind “laicite” (and a severely distorted interpretation of it at that) is more evidence of the real intent of these politicians. Scapegoating and victimizing the politically weak for political gain is a huge red flag that Europeans should be avoiding, given their history 80 years ago.
The root of the problems in France are VERY much the result of French government policies, French culture and French attitudes, but none of this is accepted by the French themselves. I’m in no way condoning the recent attacks or saying they are justified in any way, but the French They’re very quick to point fingers but completely adamant at not accepting any responsibility.