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Investigating Racial and Religious Tensions in France (01:55)


In this documentary, British-Pakistani journalist Shaista Aziz reports on growing alienation of Muslims since the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Je Suis Charlie (04:19)

French citizens demonstrated for free speech after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Aziz meets young Muslims offended by the caricatures of Mohammad who chose not to protest. They feel marginalized, as children of immigrants.

Defending Free Speech at all Costs (03:44)

Many Muslims support Charlie Hebdo, and were outraged by Said and Cherif Kouachi's massacre. Staff members are subject to a fatwa, but managing editor Gerard Biard tells Aziz they will not stop drawing Mohammed.

Charlie Hebdo Controversy (03:59)

In 2005, a Danish newspaper published cartoons of Mohammad, inciting riots. Charlie Hebdo reproduced the caricature; a Paris mosque took the paper to court and lost. Offices were fire bombed and employees targeted by Al-Qaeda. Caroline Fourest explains the French commitment to free speech at all costs.

Hijab Controversy (03:05)

Charlie Hebdo symbolizes a secular France championing free speech. In 2004, Muslims protested a headscarf ban from public schools. Imal removes her headscarf in class, but feels her religious freedom and identity are infringed upon.

Sacrificing Education for Religion (03:10)

Imal's friend Anisa left school when restricted from wearing the full veil, illegal in France. Her mother is French but she feels marginalized. She wants to study in a Muslim country, where she believes she would feel freer.

Generation Identitaire (02:56)

Young men train in a Paris gym for self-defense against racial violence toward white people. Leader Pierre Larti blames immigration and the Islamification of Europe. The group occupied a mosque in 2012.

Rise of White Extremism (02:07)

France's right-wing National Front Party is popular among people under 35; Marion Le Pen will run for president on an anti-immigration platform. Aziz is only allowed in a government building wearing a hijab to interview Le Pen because she is a British citizen.

Assimilation Argument (02:49)

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen says the National Front Party wants Muslims and ethnic minorities to prioritize the French identity over religion and background. She also wants to reduce immigration. Aziz reflects on the psychology of belonging in society.

Discrimination against Muslims (03:41)

Samira was born in France and educated at a top university. Unable to find work, she changed her CV name to Matilde and was offered positions. She feels pessimistic about her future in France and considers moving abroad for her infant son's sake.

Creating an Islamophobic Climate (02:34)

Many Muslims worry that right wing groups will stoke genuine hatred against Islam. Larti blames immigration and fundamentalism for terrorism at a Generation Identitaire meeting in Lyon. Opposing groups have smashed conference center windows.

Interviewing a Right Wing Activist (03:51)

Larti tells Aziz she is not European, although she was born in Britain. He outlines a plan to deport Muslims, immigrants and ethnic minorities; and advocates cultural purity and secularism. After their meeting, she reflects on his fear mongering tactics.

Apology of Terrorism Law (04:17)

Ahmed, 8, was suspended from a Nice school for saying he sympathized with the Charlie Hebdo attackers for defending the Prophet. He was questioned by the police and his father Mohamed was accused of teaching him terrorism.

Freedom of Speech Controversy (02:31)

There were 100 cases of people being accused of "apology of terrorism" after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Comedienne Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala was arrested for sympathizing with "Charlie Coulibaly" on his Facebook page, and has shown antisemitic tendencies.

Dieudonne's Artistic License (02:05)

The controversial comedienne explains why he sympathized with "Charlie Coulibaly" on his Facebook page. Muslims see his prosecution for apology of terrorism as a free speech double standard.

Promoting Tolerance (03:08)

The latest Charlie Hebdo edition criticizes the Pope. Grafitti artist Combo discusses his "Coexist" campaign; he comes from a Muslim-Christian family and feels marginalized from French society. Aziz reflects on France's social integration challenges.

Credits: A Nation Divided: The Charlie Hebdo Aftermath (00:38)

Credits: A Nation Divided: The Charlie Hebdo Aftermath

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When gunmen shot dead 12 people in the attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine, the hashtag "Je Suis Charlie" seemed to unify France. But for many young Muslims it was a symbol of their growing alienation from mainstream French society, where the right-wing Front Nationale is now the leading party for the under-35s. British journalist and comedian Shaista Aziz travels to France to find out why the country has become so divided. As the country reels from attacks carried out by French Muslim extremists, she meets the ordinary young Muslims who feel rejected by their country, with some even hiding their Muslim identity to get work. Shaista confronts the far-right youth organizations who believe foreigners should be repatriated. In a rare interview, she speaks to Dieudonne, the controversial comedian who talks about what he calls the double standards over free speech that exist in France today.

Length: 52 minutes

Item#: BVL124934

ISBN: 978-1-64023-033-0

Copyright date: ©2015

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