France’s conservative president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy must “reassure” Muslims in France who fear they could be on the receiving end of ridicule and contempt as the right strengthens its grip on power
The head of the largest Muslim organisation, the Union of Islamic Organisations in France (UOIF),Thami Breze, told Adnkronos International (AKI). France is home to between 5 and 6 million Muslims, the equivalent of 8 to 9.6 percent of the population and three percent of the electorate according to official data.
In the first round of the presidential election on 22 April, Sarkozy obtained just 1 percent of Muslim votes, while 64 percent backed his rival, Socialist candidate Segolene Royal, according to a CSA poll for the Catholic newsaper La Croix.
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