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France's Muslims

<p>France's President Nicolas Sarkozy puts a bouquet of flowers during a ceremony in the Muslim section of France's World War One military cemetery at Notre Dame de Lorette in Ablain Saint Nazaire, northern France, January 26, 2010. 



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France's President Nicolas Sarkozy puts a bouquet of flowers during a ceremony in the Muslim section of France's World War One military cemetery at Notre Dame de Lorette in Ablain Saint Nazaire, northern France, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Pascal...more

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy puts a bouquet of flowers during a ceremony in the Muslim section of France's World War One military cemetery at Notre Dame de Lorette in Ablain Saint Nazaire, northern France, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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<p>Muslims pray in an exhibition hall used as a temporary mosque, to mark the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, in Strasbourg, November 27, 2009. 



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Muslims pray in an exhibition hall used as a temporary mosque, to mark the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, in Strasbourg, November 27, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Muslims pray in an exhibition hall used as a temporary mosque, to mark the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, in Strasbourg, November 27, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

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<p>French Members of the Parliament Eric Raoult (L) and Andre Gerin (R) and National Assembly speaker Bernard Accoyer pose after handing their report to ban full Islamic veils in France at the National Assembly in Paris, January 26, 2010. 



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French Members of the Parliament Eric Raoult (L) and Andre Gerin (R) and National Assembly speaker Bernard Accoyer pose after handing their report to ban full Islamic veils in France at the National Assembly in Paris, January 26, 2010....more

French Members of the Parliament Eric Raoult (L) and Andre Gerin (R) and National Assembly speaker Bernard Accoyer pose after handing their report to ban full Islamic veils in France at the National Assembly in Paris, January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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<p>The statue of French naturalist Jean Baptiste Lamarck is seen in front of the minaret of the Paris mosque (R) and the Paris Natural History Museum (L), December 10, 2009. 



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The statue of French naturalist Jean Baptiste Lamarck is seen in front of the minaret of the Paris mosque (R) and the Paris Natural History Museum (L), December 10, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The statue of French naturalist Jean Baptiste Lamarck is seen in front of the minaret of the Paris mosque (R) and the Paris Natural History Museum (L), December 10, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>A woman wearing a niqab shops in a supermarket during the first day of winter sales in Leers, northern France, January 6, 2010. 


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A woman wearing a niqab shops in a supermarket during the first day of winter sales in Leers, northern France, January 6, 2010. REUTERS/Farid Alouache

A woman wearing a niqab shops in a supermarket during the first day of winter sales in Leers, northern France, January 6, 2010. REUTERS/Farid Alouache

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<p>A girl comforts her friend who holds a picture of Mohamed El Mathari during a memorial march in Frejus, southeastern France, October 27, 2009. Mohamed El Mathari, a 20-year-old youth, died in a motorcycle accident after he crashed into a tree while avoiding a vehicle verification by police. 


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A girl comforts her friend who holds a picture of Mohamed El Mathari during a memorial march in Frejus, southeastern France, October 27, 2009. Mohamed El Mathari, a 20-year-old youth, died in a motorcycle accident after he crashed into a tree while...more

A girl comforts her friend who holds a picture of Mohamed El Mathari during a memorial march in Frejus, southeastern France, October 27, 2009. Mohamed El Mathari, a 20-year-old youth, died in a motorcycle accident after he crashed into a tree while avoiding a vehicle verification by police. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>A French gendarme looks for clues next to Muslim graves desecrated with Nazi inscriptions and swastikas in Notre Dame de Lorette cemetery in Ablain Saint Nazaire, northern France, December 8, 2008. Some 500 graves were discovered desecrated in the Muslim section of a France's World War One military cemetery. 



REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol </p>

A French gendarme looks for clues next to Muslim graves desecrated with Nazi inscriptions and swastikas in Notre Dame de Lorette cemetery in Ablain Saint Nazaire, northern France, December 8, 2008. Some 500 graves were discovered desecrated in the...more

A French gendarme looks for clues next to Muslim graves desecrated with Nazi inscriptions and swastikas in Notre Dame de Lorette cemetery in Ablain Saint Nazaire, northern France, December 8, 2008. Some 500 graves were discovered desecrated in the Muslim section of a France's World War One military cemetery. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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<p>A French policewoman inspects the walls of a Muslim religious center in Toul, eastern France, August 19, 2009. 



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A French policewoman inspects the walls of a Muslim religious center in Toul, eastern France, August 19, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

A French policewoman inspects the walls of a Muslim religious center in Toul, eastern France, August 19, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A woman wears a burqa as she shops with her family at a street market in Roubaix northern France, August 9, 2009. 



REUTERS/Farid Alouache </p>

A woman wears a burqa as she shops with her family at a street market in Roubaix northern France, August 9, 2009. REUTERS/Farid Alouache

A woman wears a burqa as she shops with her family at a street market in Roubaix northern France, August 9, 2009. REUTERS/Farid Alouache

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<p>Students arrive at the Al Kindi Muslim college and secondary school in Decines, near Lyon, southeastern France, March 5, 2007. 



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Students arrive at the Al Kindi Muslim college and secondary school in Decines, near Lyon, southeastern France, March 5, 2007. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

Students arrive at the Al Kindi Muslim college and secondary school in Decines, near Lyon, southeastern France, March 5, 2007. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

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<p>Muslims wait after selecting a sheep to be sacrificed on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in Marseille, November 27, 2009. 



 REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier </p>

Muslims wait after selecting a sheep to be sacrificed on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in Marseille, November 27, 2009. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Muslims wait after selecting a sheep to be sacrificed on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in Marseille, November 27, 2009. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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<p>Muslim men pray on carpet across from fire-damaged entry inside a mosque the day after an arson attack, in Saint-Priest, near Lyon, southeastern France, December 21, 2008. 



REUTERS/Robert Pratta </p>

Muslim men pray on carpet across from fire-damaged entry inside a mosque the day after an arson attack, in Saint-Priest, near Lyon, southeastern France, December 21, 2008. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

Muslim men pray on carpet across from fire-damaged entry inside a mosque the day after an arson attack, in Saint-Priest, near Lyon, southeastern France, December 21, 2008. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

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<p>A Muslim man prays during Friday prayers in the Bilal mosque in Marseille, December 11, 2009. 



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A Muslim man prays during Friday prayers in the Bilal mosque in Marseille, December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

A Muslim man prays during Friday prayers in the Bilal mosque in Marseille, December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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<p>Women wearing niqabs walk walk on a commercial street in Marseille, December 24, 2009. 



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Women wearing niqabs walk walk on a commercial street in Marseille, December 24, 2009. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Women wearing niqabs walk walk on a commercial street in Marseille, December 24, 2009. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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<p>Muslim men listen to a sermon delivered by Imam Cheikh Ameur during Friday prayers at Abou Bakr Elfedik' mosque in the centre of Roubaix, northern France, December 11, 2009. 



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Muslim men listen to a sermon delivered by Imam Cheikh Ameur during Friday prayers at Abou Bakr Elfedik' mosque in the centre of Roubaix, northern France, December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Muslim men listen to a sermon delivered by Imam Cheikh Ameur during Friday prayers at Abou Bakr Elfedik' mosque in the centre of Roubaix, northern France, December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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<p>A Muslim man prays in the Er-Rahma mosque in Nantes, western France, December 19, 2009.



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A Muslim man prays in the Er-Rahma mosque in Nantes, western France, December 19, 2009. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

A Muslim man prays in the Er-Rahma mosque in Nantes, western France, December 19, 2009. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

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<p>Muslims pray in an exhibition hall used as a temporary mosque, to mark the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, in Strasbourg, November 27, 2009. 



REUTERS/Vincent Kessler </p>

Muslims pray in an exhibition hall used as a temporary mosque, to mark the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, in Strasbourg, November 27, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Muslims pray in an exhibition hall used as a temporary mosque, to mark the first day of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, in Strasbourg, November 27, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

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<p>Women wearing niqabs walk past clothes shops on the street in Marseille, December 24, 2009. 



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Women wearing niqabs walk past clothes shops on the street in Marseille, December 24, 2009. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Women wearing niqabs walk past clothes shops on the street in Marseille, December 24, 2009. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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