Victimisation and the victimisation narrative

Here are two articles which both seem to reflect the truth about the situation of muslims in France: 1. Ben Quinn in the Guardian with a straightforward report about the burkini bans and 2. Ben Judah in Standpoint with a long essay on Islam and the French Republic.

I don’t see how it’s possible to get out of this situation. The solution to problems of immigration is usually assimilation. But it’s hard to convince muslims that they should feel themselves a part of France if French people and the French state continually signal to them that they aren’t. And it’s hard to convince the rest of France to treat muslim citizens like any other citizen when muslim citizens continually signal to them that they aren’t like other citizens, and aren’t interested in becoming so.

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