France should check anti-Islam sentiments
Tvelopments OLERANCE, freedom of expression and soft spoken style used to be the hallmarks of French culture yet recent unfortunate de
depict that all these traits are no more visible and apparently lost in the past. Violent acts and hatred against Muslims especially after the Paris attack are manifestation that extremism is fast gripping the society.
In the latest act of violence, a Muslim prayer hall was set on fire in the island of Corsica- the area known for turquoise waters and picturesque mountains, has witnessed a series of such attacks in recent past. Last December on Christmas, an angry crowd ransacked a Muslim prayer room while chanting hateful slogans and burning the copies of Holy Quran. Secular France always had a complicated relationship with its Muslim community, but now it is tipping toward outright distrust, even hostility. Apart from the general public, the French government has also adopted ruthless attitude towards Muslim community. In recent years, it had expelled handfuls of Imams on charges of spreading radicalisation with its Prime Minister Manuel Valls also spitting venom against the Muslim prayer leaders. International affairs expert also believe that France is treading a dangerous course as such negative feelings against Muslims could harm the whole society. It is natural that extremists on the other side would also react and perpetrate terror acts as an excuse against these anti-Islam sentiments. In our view, the French government should shun path of one-sided condemnation of Muslim community and stop imposing restrictions as such a course would not serve interests of the country. The French government must take along the Muslim community, which has immensely contributed to its development in different sectors for promotion of greater harmony and cohesion in society.