Exploring the divide: France's riots unveil deep ethnic tensions

'I fear that France has not properly absorbed its millions of Muslim immigrants — most of Europe hasn’t. Riots are nothing new in France; but if riots take on an ethnic 'us versus them' nature, it really will be like a civil war,' said Ezra.

This is a free episode of The Ezra Levant Show, which airs every Mon - Fri @ 8pm ET | 6pm MT. To watch new feature-length, ad-free episodes, become a subscriber to RebelNews+. This episode originally aired on July 4, 2023.
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Amid the recent wave of violent riots and protests in France, Ezra embarked on a journey to the country to unravel the underlying causes.

During his expedition, Ezra delved into the heart of the matter and engaged in thought-provoking conversations with Muslim men, seeking to understand their allegiance. The revelation that unfolded was both eye-opening and concerning.

Last night, Marseille, a city still on high alert, witnessed an alarming scene just blocks away from Ezra's hotel — an array of riot police deployed military-style armoured vehicles. The remnants of the riots were evident, with over a hundred cars torched in a single evening. France, it seems, teetered on the brink of a civil war.

His exploration of the city's outdoor café culture brought forth a striking dichotomy. In the ethnically French areas frequented by tourists, men and women casually sat, sipping coffee and savoring croissants — a tradition that has thrived for centuries, resembling a 19th-century version of Tinder.

However, a mere block away, as the Muslim neighborhoods grew, a stark contrast emerged. Outdoor cafes were dominated by men from Algeria, Tunisia, and other former French colonies, with few, if any, women in sight. These men, often middle-aged, spent hours engaged in conversations, discussing the riots that had engulfed France.

In tonight's special edition of The Ezra Levant Show, a compilation of interviews with these men shed light on their perspectives. A range of answers emerged, showcasing a spectrum of integration within French society.

Some Muslims expressed a deep sense of integration, emphasizing their love for France and dismissing racism as the acts of individuals rather than systemic issues. Yet, others held a profoundly contrasting viewpoint. One seemingly integrated man expressed his rage, citing the riots as retribution for France's colonial history in North Africa.

The fundamental issues of identity and belonging lie at the core of these riots. While cheering for a home country during the World Cup doesn't negate one's loyalty to their adopted nation, being a true citizen of France requires embracing its values of liberty, equality, fraternity, and a strong commitment to secularism.

Ezra's interviews at the cafes, however, unveiled a disconcerting truth — many of these men have no intention of subscribing to these values. They don't view the unrest as mere riots but as a revolt, an uprising against a system they perceive as oppressive.

This begs the question: Are ethnic identity and Islamic law the root causes of these riots? And could countries like Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia face similar challenges in the future?

As Ezra invites viewers to watch the thought-provoking interviews, he raises concerns about the assimilation of millions of Muslim immigrants in France and throughout Europe. He warns that unless this issue is adequately addressed, the riots could escalate into an ethnic conflict, akin to a civil war.

The events in France serve as a wake-up call for societies grappling with the complexities of multiculturalism and integration. It is imperative that governments and communities foster an environment that encourages a sense of belonging, while also upholding the core values that define the nation.

Ignoring the divisions and failing to address them head-on may have far-reaching consequences. Let us learn from France's tumultuous experience and strive for unity in diversity, ensuring a harmonious future for all.

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