In Paris According to French media, thousands of people have protested against Islamophobia. Several organizations, including the New Anti-Capitalist Party and the Collective Against Islamophobia (CCIF), were featured in the daily newspaper on 1 November Liberation called to the demonstration. Among other things, they demand an end to the "increasing stigmatization" of Muslims, the "victims of discrimination and aggression". Most recently, this would have been evident in the assassination attempt on the mosque in Bayonne. At the end of October, a man had seriously injured two people in shots in front of a mosque in southern France.
Participants of the demonstration wore placards with inscriptions such as "Yes to the criticism of religion, no to hatred of the faithful" and "Stop Islamophobia", reports the daily Le Figaro, The demonstration call had led to a political debate on secularism in France. Le Monde Some signatories, including the CCIF, will be accused of links with the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
The left-wing French MP Jean-Luc Melenchon called loudly Le Monde to "not confuse people with the value of a thing". The MEP of La Republique en Marche, Aurore Berge, criticized Melenchon's participation in the demonstration to BFM-TV Melenchons, referring to a march that "attacks the state and the country".
The president of the right-wing populist Rassemblement National ("National Association"), Marine Le Pen, shared on Twitter a "Note to the Protesters". Islamism has "killed many more Muslims in France (Merah, Nice …) than Islamophobia (which has not killed any yet)". This shows "the extent of fraud".
The alleged shooter of Bayonne is an 84-year-old man. Until 2015 he was a member of the right-wing populist party Front National (today: Rassemblement National). This was confirmed by a party spokesman. Then he was excluded.