French Muslim women lift the veil on Islamophobia in France

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France has been home to the largest Muslim population in Europe for many decades, yet it remains a hostile environment for them to live in. In particular, French-Muslim women who wear the headscarf or hijab are immediately vulnerable to Islamophobia. Anissa is a 28-year-old French-Tunisian schoolteacher based in Tremblay-en-France. When she went on holiday with her husband to Picardy in the northern region of France, she immediately felt uncomfortable. “Whenever we went out and even in the supermarket, people kept staring at me.” Eventually, she and her husband decided to leave, cutting their …

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