Something called the Gatestone Institute International Policy Council has published an article about a report by the "influential French think tank" L'Institut Montaigne.
From the article:
France's decrepit city suburbs are becoming 'separate Islamic societies' cut off from the state, according to a major new study that examines the spread of Islam in France.
Muslim immigrants are increasingly rejecting French values and identity and instead are immersing themselves in Islam, according to the report, which also warns that Islamic Sharia law is rapidly displacing French civil law in many parts of suburban Paris.
The 2,200-page report -- that's equal to at least five books, and must have kept dozens of think tankers off the dole for a year -- seems to describe the situation candidly.
♦ The authors of the report show that France, which has between five and six million Muslims (France has the largest Muslim population in European Union), is on the brink of a major social explosion because of the failure of Muslims to integrate into French society.
♦ Seine-Saint-Denis, which the report describes as a "wasteland of de-industrialization," is home to more than 600,000 Muslims (primarily from North and West Africa) out of a total population of 1.4 million.
"In some areas, a third of the population of the town does not hold French nationality, and many residents are drawn to an Islamic identity," the report says.
♦ Islamic values are replacing those of a French Republic which has failed to deliver on its promise of "equality," the report says, and the residents of the suburbs increasingly do not see themselves as French.
♦ ... Low educational achievement is endemic among the Muslim population. This, in turn, is turning France into a "divided nation." Most Muslim youth are "not employable." More than 20% of the residents of Clichy and Montfermeil leave school without a diploma (about 150,000 people per year), according to the report. The unemployment rate for Muslim youth in the suburbs of Paris is around 43%.
These drop-outs enter a cycle of social exclusion negatively shapes their lives and those of their children. Many Muslim youth turn to "deviant behaviors across the range of incivilities in a parallel economy in which drug trafficking is the most prominent."
♦ The report also describes a proliferation of mosques and prayer rooms in the suburbs. The religious orientations of the mosques are heavily influenced by the national origin of the founder or president of a given mosque.
And so forth.
Given this situation, you might expect that somewhere in 2,200 pages the question would be asked: Are France and Islam incompatible? Can the religion that once almost overran France by force of arms and is now overrunning it through mass-production wombs be integrated with the indigenous population, or is that a desperate fantasy?
Perish the thought. The Institut, which glorifies itself with the mantle of the great essayist Montaigne, falls back on multi-culti clichés. Their only recommendation is more of what has abjectly failed already.
The report closes with a warning: "France's future depends on its ability to re-integrate the suburbs into the national project."
The Institut's web site asks its readers, "How to revive the political participation of the inhabitants of the [Muslim] quarters?" Choices were limited to the following:
"By organizing campaigns of civic sensitization and appeals to inscriptions on electoral lists" (I'm not sure what the second part means -- maybe my translation is off): 10 percent of respondents.
"By associating the residents with the decision making process through instances of participatory democracy": 43 percent.
"By giving more weight to civic education in school programs": 26 percent.
"By giving the right to vote to strangers [outsiders? Illegal immigrants?] in local elections": 15 percent.
"Don't say": 6 percent.
It seems that the Institut Montaigne, and the French political and intellectual Establishment, are afraid to face the truth. In doing so, they are preparing the ground for either France's official Islamization or civil war.