French Nationalists In Paris Protest Extreme Islam

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
French nationalists take to the streets in protest of Islamist extremism

People hold a banner reading: 'islamic fascism shall not pass" during a demonstration in Paris, Saturday Nov.10, 2012.

PARIS (AP) -- Hundreds of French nationalists have demonstrated in Paris against Islamist extremism, chanting the French anthem and saying Islam has no place in the country.

Protester Romain Cyiril says, "France was always a welcoming country, but for the first time we have to deal with a religion which can't and doesn't want to integrate itself."

Three weeks ago, dozens of far-right French activists stormed an unfinished mosque to protest immigration policies that have made France home to Western Europe's largest population of Muslims. There are an estimated 5 million or more Muslims in a nation of 65 million, although under French law the government does not track religion.

The French government has denounced anti-Islam extremists.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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