Major riots broke out in France after its victory in the World Cup. But French media, true to form, are downplaying the extent of the violence (it’s massive) and carefully avoiding any mention of the fact that Muslim migrants are the ones doing the rioting — once again, we’re told that “youths” are rioting. “Youths” is a favored euphemism of the French media for Muslims, just as “Asians” is in the UK.
While there is plenty of coverage of these calls for France to stop being “Islamophobic,” there is little to no coverage of who is behind all the rioting in France. This story is typical: it dwells on the riots, but never notes the large Muslim migrant presence in them. And so nothing will be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“Calls for France to end xenophobia, Islamophobia as migrant, Muslim players clinch World Cup win,” Daily Sabah, July 15, 2018 (thanks to Mark):
As France clinched its second-ever World Cup win over Croatia thanks to goals by migrants and a Muslim, fans and onlookers quickly pointed out the need for the country to apply its victories on the field to life off the field.
Often in the spotlight for its xenophobic and Islamophobic social policies, France didn’t seem to mind when it came to good footballers, stocking 78.3 percent of its team with immigrants, a third of whom are Muslim. That was the highest percentage among any qualifying team in this year’s World Cup. Immigrants make up 6.8 of France’s overall population.
Of the four goals France scored against Croatia, two were scored by the sons of African immigrants – Paul Pogba, whose parents immigrated from Guinea, and Kylian Mbappe whose mother is Algerian and father is Cameroonian.
Pogba is a practicing Muslim, along with six of his teammates including starting midfielder N’Golo Kante.
Only a third of the World Cup champion team has white-European ancestry, and less than a quarter have French ancestry.
Football fans quickly took to Twitter on Sunday evening to call on France to put an end to its “hypocrisy” and acknowledge the foundational, positive role immigrants and Muslims play in developing its society.
“With France passing all these laws against Islamic practices, let’s not forget it’s these same Muslims players who helped win #WorldCup2018,” one Twitter user wrote.
Other Twitter users called France’s hypocritical policies against migrants and Muslims “shameful” in the light of their celebrated win.
Some called on France to recognize the victory as a much-needed wake-up call for the country to adopt policies upholding the rights and dignity of migrants and Muslims.
“Africans and Muslims delivered you a second World Cup, now deliver them justice,” one user wrote.
Others tweeted phrases including “Immigration makes France stronger,” and “Immigrants get the job done.”…
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