A parliamentary report may spur France to adopt a burqa ban in public or state venues like buses, hospitals, and schools – though it also condemns 'Islamophobia.'
President Nicolas Sarkozy's government started a 'what is French?' website today. Critics say the national identity debate is intended to stir up anti-immigrant sentiment ahead of national elections in the spring.
President Obama's election is stirring the political hopes of minorities – like Claire Edey – in Europe's largest immigrant nation, but steep barriers remain.
A new discourse is emerging in France and Europe that urges a focus on ability – rather than on race or skin.