Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Nigeria mosque blast: Scores die in attack during prayers in Kano

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Sarko Bites Back: Ex-President Determined to Reclaim UMP Leadership

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

No Deal: Iran Nuclear Talks End Without Agreement

Read more

FASHION

"Cloakroom Vestiaire Obligatoire" a tender and hypnotic performance by Tilda Swinton and Olivier Saillard.

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Learning the language of love

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Burkina Faso: Calls for probe into 1998 murder of journalist

Read more

FOCUS

Is this the end of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Movement'?

Read more

#THE 51%

France marks 40th anniversary of abortion laws

Read more

#TECH 24

Virtual insanity? Artist to 'experience life' through Oculus Rift headset for 28 days

Read more

Live from the newsroom, we provide an overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2009-12-01

French Muslims react to ban of minarets in Switzerland

Muslims in France are shocked by Switzerland’s decision to ban construction of minarets, says Le Parisien. The paper says they are worried about a stigmatizing of their religion but are still confident that tolerance remains in France.

Most French front pages this morning are reacting to the controversla Swiss ban of minarets. Le Parisien refers to a Sarkozy quote in 2004, “What’s dangerous is not minarets but basements and garages which hide clandestine places of worship.”

As for French Muslims in the street, several gave their point of view to the paper. 33-year-old housewife, Najet, said “What hurts is the prejudice and the presumptions that people make.” Ambulance driver, Ali Hassani, says “Islam is once again being vilified.”

The Strasbourg-based paper Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace reminds us in its editorial that French actress Brigitte Bardot first called for a ban of minarets in France several years ago. There are only seven minarets in the entire country (there are four in Switzerland!) but the DNA says it’s not the quantity that counts. Minarets are seen as a provocation by some “in a land still more catholic than it is secular.”

“The right-leaning government in France is having difficulty figuring out how to respond to what is clearly a politically incorrect decision in Switzerland.”

France Soir also leads with the story, “Minarets: the shockwave”

Le Figaro, “Ban of minarets in Switzerland: the debate on Islam bounces back in France”

Other stories in today’s French papers:

Libération leads with a critical article on Immigration Minister, Eric Besson. They say he has “betrayed the Socialist Party (which he left to join Sarkozy’s right-leaning government) with panache”

Le Figaro runs an opinion piece by former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing on the occasion of the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty. “An historic day, an emotional moment”

L’Equipe, “Messi triumphs”
The Argentine player wins the Ballon d’Or
 

By James CREEDON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-11-28 French politics

French MPs debate whether to recognise Palestine

FRENCH PRESS - Fri. 28.11.14: As the lower house of parliament debates whether or not France should recognise a Palestinian state, French papers assess the pros and cons. There's...

Read more

2014-11-28 Hong Kong

All dogs may go to heaven after all

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 28.11.14: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is back in the spotlight for controversial comments, Pope Francis suggests animals might go to heaven...

Read more

2014-11-27 Ebola

How not to argue over Thanksgiving dinner

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thurs. 27.11.14: The Wall Street Journal reports from the frontline of the Ebola epidemic, saying that the US is grabbing up scarce protective gear,...

Read more

2014-11-27 François Hollande

Just how green is François Hollande?

FRENCH PAPERS - Thurs. 27.11.14: French papers focus on an environment conference that is being held at the Elysée Palace today. It’s set to pave the way for a major...

Read more

2014-11-26 Ferguson

'Inconsistency was the only constant with evidence in Michael Brown's case'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 26.11.14: Events in Ferguson, Missouri continue to grab headlines across the world. Two days after a Grand Jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson,...

Read more