A march planned in Paris as a simple demonstration against Islamophobia is causing an increasingly bitter argument – we look at why the issue is so divisive.
What is the event?
It’s a march planned for Sunday, November 10th in Paris, setting off in the 10th arrondissement from 1pm.
It was called after the attack against a mosque in Bayonne on October 28th, when a man with links to the far right tried to set fire to the mosque door, and shot two men who tried to stop him.
But the demonstration is a more general one against all types of Islamophobia in French society. It was launched with an article in French newspaper Libération which was signed by many leading figures in French politics and society.
Opposing hatred doesn’t sound very controversial, right?