Thousands march against Islamophobia in France

Thousands march against Islamophobia in France

No lesser than 10,000 people took to the streets of the French capital on Sunday to express their unsatisfaction at hostility toward Islam and discrimination against Muslims, two weeks after an elderly gunman with far-right links injured two men at a mosque of the southwestern city of Bayonne.

The demonstrations were called by left-wing organisations and media outlets, and also received backing from various Muslim groups.

The rallies were somewhat controversial, with some critics saying that several of the groups behind them had radical Muslims or Salafists among their members.

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