Reuters

Keeping belief alive in a country with a strong tradition of secularism.

A small explosion at a Kosher grocery store outside of Paris set off fresh tensions between the country's Muslim and Jewish populations. The attacks came just hours after a French weekly published a cartoon of a naked Mohamed. According to The Republic:

France, which has western Europe's largest Jewish population, sees sporadic but persistent anti-Semitic acts, often vandalism of gravesites and synagogues. The nation also has the region's largest Muslim population, and mosques and Muslim gravesites are periodically desecrated.

Fears of a new wave of anti-Semitism in France resurfaced after a gunman claiming ties to radical Islam killed three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse in March, the worst such attacks in France since the 1990s.

Below a photo essay, by Reuters, of Muslims in France.

A visitor looks at Muslim women headwear during the 29th annual meeting of French Muslims at Le Bourget. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)
French Muslim women of Algerian origin attend a commemoration lunch in the Izards district of Toulouse. (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)
French Muslims hang out by a shop in Toulouse. (Zohra Bensemra / Reuters)
Muslims pray in a mosque in Paris. (Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Environment

    Iceland Is Sick of Tourists' Bad Behavior

    Visitors are underestimating the country’s dangers—and taking locals for granted.

  2. Environment

    Let's All Swim in the Once-Filthy Canals of Paris

    Unlike many cities, the French capital has made good on its promise to re-open urban waterways to bathers. How did they do it?  

  3. Transportation

    5 Reasons to Be Wary of Elon Musk's Hyperloop

    High-speed vactrains might be the ticket for a Martian colony. As a practical transit investment for Earth, the technology has a long way to go.

  4. Equity

    Too Many People Are Calling 911. Here's a Better Way.

    Memphis is working on an alternative for the expensive “you-call, we-haul” approach.

  5. The Salk Institute, near San Diego
    Design

    This Is Your Brain on Architecture

    In her new book, Sarah Williams Goldhagen presents scientific evidence for why some buildings delight us and others—too many of them—disappoint.