AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Algeria’s minister of Awqaf and religious affairs expressed concern about the rising trend of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate in France.
Youcef Belmehdi said Muslims in the European country are worried about the escalation of Islamophobia.
He made the remarks in a meeting with officials of the Grand Mosque of Paris, according to the Algerian ministry of Awqaf and religious affairs.
They discussed the religious activities in France’s mosques.
They also talked about the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.
Worshippers from different countries were present at the meeting.
Algerians are the second largest minority in France after the Portuguese.
Like in many other Western countries, Islamophobia has been on the rise in France recently.
Earlier this month, a mosque in France’s western city of Nantes received a threat letter on targeting the country’s Muslim population.
The letter, signed by a group called the Friends of Charles Martel, a major Frankish historical military and political leader in the 8th century, read: “We will randomly burn your Quranic schools, your mosques, your businesses, your neighborhoods, your cities, and we will chase you out of France.”
In a related development, lawmaker Sabrina Sebaihi of the Europe Ecology – The Greens (EELV) party, said on X: “Islamophobia is gaining ground, particularly in recent weeks and in the complete silence of political leaders.”
She asked Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin whether he condemned the incident and his plans on addressing it.