Latest update: 10/12/2009
- France - integration - Islam - National identity debate - racism - religion
French national identity, a sensitive issue
A nationwide debate on what it means to be French has become tense since a majority of Swiss people voted against the building of new minarets. With French regional elections not far away and far-right votes up for grabs, is a healthy debate - without Muslims feeling singled out - still possible?
Today's Focus guest is Riazat Butt, religious affairs correspondent at British daily The Guardian.