As a result of the rising Muslim fundamentalist tide, Islam’s presence will be looming in the upcoming French presidential elections.

As France’s first presidential debate,  “Le Grand Débat,” was unfolding it was notorious how all participants were French “de souche,” typical French.

However, none showed the fire needed to fight for their country not paying enough attention to the most ruthless enemy they have invited.

Petty fights.  Lack of maturity among the contenders.

Were they unaware that barely a day earlier the reputable National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)  had published the results of a new study regarding the ubiquity of radical Islam among high school students?

The study found that French Muslim students are more prone to accept and tolerate violence than other pupils, as they are also more inclined to hold fundamentalist religious views.   Oh, surprise.

In all, CNRS counted with notable French researchers Gilles Kepel, Farhad Khosrokhavar, and Olivier Roy to interview young radical Muslims “to try to understand” their pathways.

The National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) study involved more than 7,000 students, aged between 14 and 16, who were studying at 21 schools and four academies in France.

Sociologists who conducted the survey, Anne Muxel and Olivier Galland, stressed the sample is not representative of French youth as a whole.

The schools included in the study are located in poor areas, with overrepresentation in the student body of pupils from working class backgrounds (41 per cent), students with immigrant backgrounds (38 per cent), and Muslims (25 per cent).

The CNRS reported that 11 per cent of respondents overall adhere to religious fundamentalism, which rises to 32 per cent among Muslim youths.

Mr. Galland noted a “striking difference” between the figure compared with six per cent of Christians and 0.6 per cent of non-Muslims identified by the governmental research organisation as “religious absolutists”. 

“However, two-thirds of Muslims do not adhere to these ideas,” the sociologist added.

On the topic of the Hyper Cacher and the Charlie Hebdo Islamist terror attacks, which took place in Paris in 2015, 32 per cent of respondents would not fully condemn the actions.

Just under 25 per cent of the young people questioned said they consider certain violent and deviant behaviours legitimate (stealing a scooter, confronting the police, and taking violent action for ideological reasons).

A third of Muslim schoolchildren (33 per cent) defended such actions, compared to 20 per cent of Christians, and 22 per cent of pupils who declare themselves as irreligious.

44 per cent of the students who were both classed as having fundamentalist religious views and who said they tolerate some forms of violence said it’s acceptable “in some cases in today’s society … to take up arms and fight for his religion”.

70 per cent of this group does not condemn the perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher Islamist terror attacks.

“The spread of radical ideas is around three times stronger among young Muslims than in the sample as a whole,” said Mr. Galland.

“But it is ultimately only a very small proportion: radical absolutism is far from being a majority amongst Muslims!” the sociologist emphasised.

“A purely economic explanation does not seem valid,” said Mr. Gallard on the topic of identifying factors that increase a person’s susceptibility to radical beliefs. “Membership of the Islamic faith is the biggest predictive factor.”

Regarding secularism and gender equality, the CNRS also reports they were somewhat acknowledged.

Meanwhile, 64 per cent of Muslim respondents and pupils with an African background reject the idea that homosexuality is an acceptable lifestyle, as instructed by the Koran and as observed by Muslim fundamentalists.


The results of this study present a new French reality that has been simmering since the 70s.

Muslim fundamentalists favor “a literal and originalist interpretation” of the primary sources of Islam, the Quran above all, and their life’s goal is to seek to eliminate (whatever and whoever they perceive to be) “corrupting” non-Islamic influences from every part of their lives.

That said, it is such liberal approach by the French people, to try to understand the reasons for the barbaric behavior of Muslim fundamentalists and their terrorists.

What do people hope to achieve studying the tenets of the Koran?

What does anyone need to understand when monsters decimate people along their path, when they make detonate historic monuments that are historic remains of any civilization.

They did that in Palmyra, Syria, but also in other places.

When sub-humans slaughter, behead, rape, mutilate, innocent defenseless people, there is only one immediate solution.

If you mistakenly invited them to your country, they must leave and go back to where they belong.

Then, the West, France, and other countries must fix their moral decrepitude before it’s too late because Muslim fundamentalists and their executioners are only beginning to arrive.

Unless the West gets their act together, morally speaking, the worst is yet to come.


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