I really cannot find good impartial discussions about French immigration problems. Probably I need to check it in French.
“France rejects affirmative action as incompatible with its republican ideals of color-blind equality for all citizens. Nice in theory, but that’s not working in practice: discrimination continues, inequality is rife, and notions of color-blindness don’t square with the rising chorus of racially loaded commentary. Color-blindness may also function to keep France blind to racial discrimination and inequality, but the rising tide of anger in the projects and racist chatter in the mainstream suggests that the French may soon have no choice but to openly confront what color-blindness prefers not to see.”
But many people think that is their strength.
“In France it is prohibited by law to create and collect any statistical data concerning race or religion. Therefore, questions such as “How many Blacks in France?” ,”How many Protestants?” , “What is the number of people of Arab origin?” or “Where do French Jews live?” have no statistically official answer. It is prohibited, under heavy penalty, to keep any such individual data on a computer file and the CNIL (Commission Nationale Informatique et Liberté) has huge powers to investigate it. The reason for this is in the vision the French have of their own identity : anybody born in France is (automatically) French and becomes identical to all his/her compatriots, whatever his/her origin. No discrimination can be made, based on the color of the skin or religious beliefs and no such community can be officially acknowledged”
Zacarias Moussaoui: a victim of French racism?
“It was reported that, during career interviews at school, some teachers led him to believe that, since he was an Arab, his professional ambition would be fulfilled by simply becoming a clerk. Experiences such as this created resentment, which explains in part why he started to turn towards fundamentalism.”
“This newspaper – which is owned by Le Monde – contented itself with publishing some brief portraits of Zacarias Moussaoui, no more detailed than those published in the international press. Like other regional newspapers, generally of poor quality in centralised France, their mission to explain the local dimensions of a world catastrophe—the fundamentalism of some French Muslims—was not carried out.”
“Our ethnic minorities do not have a sufficient presence at mainstream editorial desks. Despite the demographic weight of non-white residents in France, they have little visibility. The same applies to our parliaments and governments.”