The French have had a shaky time of things. The idea of "liberty, equality, fraternity" has never quite caught on despite best intentions. Now events in France are testing that notion fully.
There is a new phenomenon ... well, not new, but more recognized... that immigration is different than it used to be. Immigration, acclimation, assimilation is now immigration, isolation, confrontation. It is a defacto invasion rather than immigration.
That is not to say that all immigrants are trying to undermine the community of their new home. Rather it is a clash of ideologies. The expectations of the new Middle Eastern and African residents is that they are simply moving locations rather than starting a new life. There is no real interest in becoming part of the culture of the new location... they are bringing their own culture and plan to keep it intact despite significant differences with that of the new host country.
We cannot bring up our kids the way we want, to teach them Islam," said Sabrine, adding that France encourages children to choose how they want to practice religion.
"They say religion is not obligatory or that parents are not allowed to make their children wear the hijab (veil) or to pray," she said. "They want to give our children the same freedoms they give to the French." (oh, oh!)
Then there is this "confusion" about why there is a sense of isolation and rejection by the citizens of the host country. Hmmmm.