In Paris, the controversial event will leave at 13h from the Gare du Nord


Participants in a march against Islamophobia in Brussels on 9 November. (Photo illustration). – HATIM KAGHAT / BELGA / AFP

The demonstration against Islamophobia to denounce anti-Muslim acts will start Sunday in Paris in the middle of the day, after dividing the left and aroused strong criticism from the RN for whom it is an alliance with the " Islamists ".

The demonstration, at the call of several personalities and organizations such as the NPA or the Collective against Islamophobia in France, must start at 13h from Gare du Nord to arrive at 16h Place de la Nation, before a planned dispersion to 18h . A call was also launched for a demonstration in Toulouse.

Facing the "growing stigmatization" of Muslims

The initial message was to say "STOP Islamophobia", the "growing stigmatization" of Muslims, victims of "discrimination" and "aggression" of which "the attack against the mosque of Bayonne (…) is the most recent manifestation ".

But since the call for demonstrations launched on November 1 in the daily "Liberation", four days after the Bayonne attack and against a backdrop of revived debate on the wearing of the veil and secularism, the political class is torn around the participation at this gathering.

The political class uncomfortable

The very notion of "Islamophobia" as well as the identity of some signatories of the call led some of the left not to associate with it, the PS or the PRG, or to relativize their initial support, like EELV MEP Yannick Jadot and LFI MP Francois Ruffin.

The PCF recalled the "extreme urgency to say stop" to Islamophobia, despite the reservations of its national secretary Fabien Roussel, uncomfortable with the slogan.

For the president of the National Rally Marine Le Pen, "all those who will go to this event will be hand in hand with the Islamists, that is to say those who develop in our country a totalitarian ideology that aims to fight the laws of the French Republic ".

"A progressive march"

"There is a desire to sabotage the event, obviously," denounces the municipal councilor left in Saint-Denis, Madjid Messaoudene, one of the initiators of the call.

"From the rostrum, we face an alliance of a surprising nature, between the PS, the RN, or even the government, which are all up against an anti-racist march, it's amazing," says the official. elected to AFP.

The elected representative thinks that "there will be many people" to this "progressive march", because "there is a context where people need to say that is enough".

Many personalities, including politicians, must participate in the event, as Jean-Luc Melenchon. "I observe that starting from a disagreement on a word, some people actually refuse to Muslims the right to be defended by people who are not Muslims and who want to put an end to the current mood against them," he said. estimated the leader of the Rogue.

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