Around 13,500 people gathered in Paris on Sunday to signal against Islamophobia and racism.
Criticism from the right, approval from the left
For among them were among others the "Collective against Islamophobia in France" (CCIF). The CCIF is said to be close to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is classified as Islamist in the West. The demonstration was attended by representatives of the left. Representatives of the left-wing party La France Insoumise and Communist Party leader Jean-Luc Melenchon joined the protesters.
The call for the demonstration was published on November 1, four days after an attack on a mosque in Bayonne, in a left-leaning newspaper ("Liberation"). France is currently in the midst of a debate about the headscarf and the separation of church and state.