At least 15 attacks against Muslims have took place across France since three gunmen killed 12 people at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris on Wednesday, activists report.
The attacks include grenades and car bombs attacks on three mosques, as well as shots fired at prayer halls and Muslim events across the country.
Some fear these revenge attacks might be symptoms of a generalized anti-Muslim sentiment that is pervading Europe.
France has the biggest Muslim population in Europe, with an estimated five million Muslims living in the country.
Recent elections and polls strengthened the country’s far right, whose anti-immigration and anti-muslim policies have both heightened and used xenophobia for its own benefit. The ultra-right National Front party, headed by Marine Le Pen, constantly advocates to impose immigration controls, and has said that Islam poses a threat to French values.
On Friday, Le Pen urged President Francois Hollande to reconsider the country’s foreign policy toward “countries that support and finance Islamic fundamentalism."
However, France and several Western and Arab countries have been supporting and funding extremist groups in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria, where these fighters have carried out massacres against Muslims, Christians as well as ethnic groups.
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