Friday prayers in Paris

Stating the obvious now qualifies as “inciting racial hatred” in France.

(Telegraph) — Claude Gueant, France’s interior minister is facing legal action after declaring that the “growing” number of Muslims in France posed “a problem”.

“It’s true that the increase in the number of faithful in (Islam), a certain number of behaviours, poses a problem,” he said on Monday.

Singling out the “problem” of Muslims praying in the street, he said that France’s secular law dates from 1905 when there were “very few Muslims”, while their number today is between five and six million.

The anti-racism group SOS Racisme said it would be launching legal action against Mr Gueant for inciting racial hatred.