Thousands of angry “yellow-vest” wearing citizens have been rioting in Paris and other major cities across France over the excessive “green taxes” under the leadership of President Emmanuel Macron. After weeks of rioting, Macron was forced to cancel his unpopular carbon tax, as watching angry French citizens burning Paris to the ground didn’t seem like a very good option.
But the “forgotten French” or the “Yellow vests” aren’t the only problems France is facing. Countries like France, who are welcoming millions of migrants from majority Muslim nations with open arms, are watching Muslim populations in their nations explode.
Thanks to France’s reckless, liberal policies—they’re now being forced to pass laws prohibiting Muslims from praying in the streets of Paris.
According to the Daily Mail – Europe’s total Mulsim population has been increasing steadily by about 1 percentage point a decade – from 4 percent in 1990 to 6 percent in 2010.
According to the US-based Pew Research Center think-tank, the number of Muslims in Europe is about 44million. Within EU countries, the figure is around 19million.
In the EU, Germany and France have the biggest Muslim populations, both being home to around 4.7million. By contrast, the UK has about 2.9million Muslims – the third largest number.
However, at 7.5 percent of the population, France has the highest proportion of Muslims of any major nation in Western Europe. Studies suggest this will pass 10 percent by 2030. Muslims make up 6 percent of the population in the Netherlands, 5.9 percent in Belgium, 5.8 percent in Germany and 4.8 percent in the UK.
The French capital of Paris and its metropolitan area also has more Muslims than any other city in the EU – an estimated 1.7million. This is partly due to the legacy of the bitter war for Algeria, France’s Muslim former colony, in the 1950s.
Tensions surrounding France’s Muslim community have long been simmering in the banlieues – vast concrete slums dominated by immigrants.
BBC reports – A ban on saying prayers in the street, a practice by French Muslims unable to find space in mosques, has come into effect in the capital, Paris.
Interior Minister Claude Gueant has offered believers the use of a disused fire brigade barracks instead.
The phenomenon of street prayers, which see Muslims spreading mats on footpaths, became a political issue after far-right protests.
France is home to the biggest Muslim minority in Western Europe.
By some estimates, as many as six million French people, or just under 10% of the population, are Muslims, with origins in France’s former North African colonies.
Their integration has been a source of political debate in recent years, and earlier this year France became the first EU state to ban the wearing of the Islamic veil in public.
The new ban came into force at midnight on Thursday, in time for traditional Muslim Friday prayers.
Far right protests at the “Islamisation” of the Goutte d’Or district began last year and in December the leader of the French National Front, Marine Le Pen, accused Muslim fundamentalists of using prayers for political ends.
She controversially compared the practice to the Nazi wartime occupation of France.