France lifted its second World Cup after winning the 2018 Fifa World Cup Final against Croatia, All thanks to goals by migrants and a Muslim, Of the four goals France scored against Croatia, two were scored by the sons of African immigrants – Paul Pogba, whose parents immigrated from Guinea, and Kylian Mbappe whose mother is Algerian and father is Cameroonian.
With France passing all these laws against Islamic practices, let’s not forget it’s these same Muslims players who helped win the 2018 World Cup. Pogba is a practicing Muslim, along with six of his teammates including starting midfielder N’Golo Kante.
Samuel Umtiti was born in Cameroon, Steve Mandanda in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Paul Pogba’s parents are from Guinea, N’Golo Kante’s from Mali. Blaise Matuidi’s parents are from Angola and came to France via DR Congo. Kylian Mbappe has an Algerian mother and a Cameroonian father. Presnel Kimpembe and Steven Nzonzi’s fathers are Congolese. Corentin Tolisso’s father is from Togo and the list goes on.
The country has more than 4.7 million Muslims, representing around 7.5 percent of its total population, and the minority’s integration remains a crucial national issue. France didn’t seem to mind when it came to good footballers, stocking 78.3 percent of its team with immigrants, a third of whom are Muslim. That was the highest percentage among any qualifying team in this year’s World Cup. Immigrants make up 6.8 of France’s overall population.
France is often in the headlines for its xenophobic and Islamophobic social policies, like banning on face-covering passed by the Senate of France in September 2010, and today it is illegal to wear a face-covering veil in France.
Another incident which reflects islamophobia was in 2011 when some ministers from the government protested against the offering of prayers on the corner of the street. “They will not have prayers on the street, we will prevent street praying,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb,” said.
During the war of Algerian independence (1954-1962), numerous atrocities, including acts of torture, were committed by French soldiers. An estimated 300,000 Algerians died, in contrast to about 25,000 French soldiers.
Its high time for France to put an end to its “hypocrisy” and acknowledge the foundational, positive role immigrants and Muslims play in developing its society. And France should recognize this victory as a much-needed wake-up call for the country to adopt policies upholding the rights and dignity of migrants and Muslims.