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France’s Oedipal Islamist Complex | Foreign Policy January 10, 2016

Posted by tkcollier in In The News, Religion.
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ATT00025The country’s jihadi problem isn’t about religion or politics. The terrorists therefore are not the expression of a radicalization of the Muslim population, but rather reflect a generational revolt that affects a very precise category of youth.

Why Islam? For members of the second generation, it’s obvious: They are reclaiming, on their own terms, an identity that, in their eyes, their parents have debased. They are “more Muslim than the Muslims” and, in particular, than their parents. The energy that they put into reconverting their parents (in vain) is significant, but it shows to what extent they are on another planet (all the parents have a story to tell about these exchanges). As for the converts, they choose Islam because it’s the only thing on the market of radical rebellion. Joining the Islamic State offers the certainty of terrorizing.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/01/07/frances-oedipal-islamist-complex-charlie-hebdo-islamic-state-isis/

751 Places in France that Non-Muslims Shouldn’t Go. July 18, 2010

Posted by tkcollier in Geopolitics, Religion.
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What other country in the world has a government-sponsored website dedicated to 751 areas that non-Muslims should not go?

These areas are occupied by about 8 % of the population, or 5 million people.

They are called Zones Urbaines Sensibles in French, meaning Sensitive Urban Zones. The list in French, with both street addresses and maps, all in PDF, can be found here:

List of 751 No-Go Areas for non-Muslims in France

The boundaries in red are the places where non-Muslims musn’t go, as they are so dangerous that even the French police, fire, ambulance, and rescue services are reluctant, unwilling, or incapable of going.

via Crazy Islam: Europe No More.

8 Insights Into The French March 25, 2008

Posted by tkcollier in Humor, Lifestyle.
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A Guide to the French. Handle With Care. – New York Times

After 5 and-a -half years as the NY Times Paris correspondent, these are the 8 insights for us non-French citizens of the planet. (more…)

Best Bread Baker in Paris is Tunisian March 20, 2008

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A Visit with Best Bread Baker in Paris
The baker with Tunisian parents will have close ties to the President with Hungarian roots and an Italian-born wife. As the officially maker of the best baguette in Paris, he is entitled to be the exclusive caterer to Sarkozy’s Elysee Palace for one year. “We’re not talking much,” says Bouabsa,” maybe around 20 baguettes a day.” Then he starts to laugh a bit hysterically thinking about Carla Bruni biting into his luscious bread. “Not bad, not bad at all.” (more…)

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