During the occupation of Chad in 1917, France gathered 400 Muslim scholars and beheaded them with a machete.
When France entered the Algerian city of Ghouta in 1852, it destroyed two-thirds of its population overnight by burning them all.
France conducted 17 nuclear tests in Algeria between 1960 and 1966. Which led to the deaths of between 27,000 and 100,000 people, and its effects are still ongoing.
When France left Algeria in 1962, it had planted more than 11 million landmines; more than the population of Algeria at that time.
Algeria was occupied by France for 132 years. France killed 1 million Muslims in the first seven years after the arrival and 1.5 million in the last seven years before the departure.
French historian Jacques Gorky estimated, the total number of Muslims killed in Algeria by France since its arrival in 1830 until its departure in 1962 as 10 million.
France occupied Algeria for 132 years, Tunisia for 75 years, Mauritania for 60 years and Morocco for 44 years.
When France entered Egypt in its famous campaign, French soldiers entered into mosques with their horses. Women were raped in front of their families. Many other examples can be provided
from drinking wine in mosques to turning mosques into stables for their horses.
All this is the dark past of France and no historian can deny it. Macron also intends to return to 1800 French politics. In spite of the rhetoric around religious and human laws and values in international community. Are these laws and principles respected by France and the French? Are policies followed towards Muslims justifiable under any norms or principles?
Do the French today value human rights, democracy and freedom of religion? Do they realize that a future in peace and harmony is possible when individual and religious rights are respected?
France killed Muslim scientists in 1917 in Chad. Similarly, Macron targeted prominent Muslims in France under the pretext of fighting radicalism.
Macron’s closure of Muslim shrines in France is not much different from the French atrocities in Egypt.
Those French, who stand by the Muslims and support them should be appreciated. Common-sense should prevail. Every human being deserves a life free of discrimination and prejudice. French government is expected to pave the way for establishment of an environment where all individuals are able to perform their religious duties
Time will show if the French who stand by the Muslim can show the true path to Macron. They will also not allow France to return to their dark history.