France is home to over 6 million Muslims around 9.6 percent of the population, the largest Muslim minority in Europe. Since the Paris attacks and the slaughter in Nice Muslims in France are growing apprehensive and fear a backlash.
The community feels under threat from both French fury and ISIL.
The French President François Hollande duly acknowledged the difficulties facing the Muslim community at the Institute of the Arab World in Paris in January 2015.
“The Muslim community is the first victim of fanaticism, fundamentalism and intolerance. Radical Islam has preyed on all the contradictions, influences, poverty, inequalities.”
In Msaken, Tunisia, the birthplace of the Nice murderer Mohammed Bouhlel, the community feel a deep sense of shame that one of their own could commit such a heinous act