From Jamie Glazov’s interview with John J. Miller, coauthor of Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America’s Disastrous Relationship with France, at FrontPage:
FP: Let’s talk a little bit about the Islamization of France. We”ve got native French girls in certain communities, where Muslims are the majority, that now wear the veil because of the frequent occurrence of physical harassment, attack and rape. What’s going on here?
Miller: There are now about 5 million Muslims in France. They”re roughly 8 percent of the population. They”re a growing population, too. If current demographic trends hold, France could be a majority-Muslim country sometime this century. Unlike the United States, France does not have a proven tradition of assimilating large numbers of foreign-born people into its national traditions. As a result, we see the French struggling with how to integrate these newcomers. Their policies often badly misfire, as with the current attempt to ban headscarves from public schools–a senseless whack at religious expression that tends to generate resentment rather than promote French patriotism. No matter how the French address this matter, there’s no getting around the fact that France’s Muslims will have an increasingly large influence on French politics–and potentially provide Chirac and his crowd with a new electoral incentive to oppose American policies in the Middle East and elsewhere.