Swiss minaret ban prompts criticism of Sarkozy

            The Swiss decision to ban minarets has sparked criticism of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's attitude toward Muslims.

            Sarkozy responded to accusations that a government-sponsored debate on French national identity sparked the ban of minarets in Switzerland on Nov. 29, the Washington Post said.

            Sarkozy called for tolerance of Muslims among native French, but suggested that arriving Muslims adapt to a "French Islam," the Washington Post said.

            Last summer, Sarkozy said that burkas are not welcome in France, according to the Los Angeles Times.  After three months of debate, a parliamentary panel is studying whether or not the burka should be banned in public.

            The conversations about Islam in Europe reflect a growing concern about its visibility, especially in France, according to the Washington Post.


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