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'Fed up' French Muslims mobilize to unseat Sarkozy
by Karine G. Barzegar
France's Muslim community is mobilizing voters to reject President Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday's election to punish the conservative leader for his anti-immigrant and anti-Islam rhetoric.
"[French] Muslims can't stand it anymore. They are fed up with these debates about national identity, halal meat, the veil or fundamentalism all over the place," said Francoise Lorcerie, a sociologist with the Institute of Studies on the Arab and Muslim World near Marseille.
"The terms [Islam, immigration and fundamentalism] are being used interchangeably, without care, with people being targeted, denigrated and used for [votes]."
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