Many Muslims in France, especially new immigrants, are unemployed and not included in the society or the economy.
“We Muslims have no chance here,” one man told us.
That may be why the recent fighting between Hamas and Israel has cause some disagreements as well as some new thinking in France.
The U.S. National Public Radio (NPR) says, “The recent conflict in Gaza touched nerves in France, which is home to Europe’s largest Jewish and Muslim communities. Despite the cease-fire in Gaza, many say the fighting there has done lasting damage to relations between Muslims and Jews in France.”
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France Looking to Screen Immigrants Using DNA
By Peter Allen
Daily Mail (UK)
France’s hard-line new immigration minister is set to implement legislation that would allow DNA testing of new arrivals, he has said.
Eric Besson, who was appointed this month, said the tests would establish which foreigners were claiming visas by making up family ties with those already settled in the country.
Civil liberties groups have reacted furiously to the controversial government scheme, which was approved by the French parliament 15 months ago but does not come into effect until the appropriate Minister has signed the legislation.
Protests had delayed that move until now.
But Mr Besson said he wanted to give it the ‘green light’, confirming that a ministerial meeting would be held on the subject ‘in a few days’.
He added: ‘If the decree is accepted, I will scrupulously respect all individual liberties. It’s not my obsession. ”
The tests will be for applications for visas of more than three months when there are doubts about an immigrant’s birth or marriage certificates.
The move would allow officials to ‘propose’ to applicants that they take a test at their own expense to prove a biological link with other family members.
A recent report said there was often doubt over the authenticity of papers in family applications for visas.
It claimed that in African countries such as Senegal, Ivory Coast and Togo up to 80 per cent of birth and marriage certificates were forged.
Government statistics show there are 23,000 immigration cases a year where visa applications involve children, meaning DNA tests could become widespread.
But immigrant welfare groups said the plan was unacceptable…..
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