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The big difference is that France's attitude is don't ask, don't tell. You are French, full stop. The UK gets out of its way to accommodate people's languages, social mores and faiths. It's an integration (some would say assimilation) model as opposed to a multicultural model.

Muslims are just over 3% in England and Wales, but they are concentrated rather than spread out, so in those communities where there is a large muslim population [the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has 36% muslims] the dynamics are different from the rest of the country.

According to the 2001 census 1,536,015 Muslims are living in England and Wales, where they form 2.7 % of the population, in Scotland they represent 0.84 % of the population (42,557). The Northern Ireland census indicated 1,943 Muslims.

The local authorities with the highest percentage of Muslim population are:

  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets 36.4% 71,389
  • London Borough of Newham 24.3% 59,293
  • Blackburn with Darwen19.4% 26,674
  • Bradford 16.1% 75,188
  • London Borough of Waltham Forest 15.1% 32,902
  • Luton 14.6% 26,963
  • Birmingham 14.3% 139,771
  • London Borough of Hackney 13.8% 27,908
  • Pendle 13.4% 11,988
  • Slough 13.4% 15,897
  • London Borough of Brent 12.3% 32,290

The town of Dewsbury is also known as an area with a large number of Muslims, making up around 30% of the population. Three of the town's schools are specifically Islamic. However, it is part of the district of Kirklees, which is only 10.12% Muslim.


Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 11th, 2006 at 06:28:23 AM EST
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You can imagine how David Cameron's latest "idea" will have sounded in the local authorities on that list... But of course, in those areas the Tories are not even an also-ran. It's usually Lab-Lib, and in Tower hamlets and Newham the Respect party is making a strong showing.
IRNA: Opposition leader vows to break up 'ghettos' in Britain (October 4, 2006)
In his speech as party leader at the final day of Conservative's annual conference, David Cameron controversially vowed to break up what he called "ghettos" in British cities.

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Elsewhere in his speech, Cameron was said to be voicing "worries" that communities are allowed to grow up in Britain with "parallel lives" with people from different backgrounds never meeting, talking or visiting each others' homes.

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"We need to have contact. In many of our towns and cities, we have allowed ghettoes to develop. Whole neighbourhoods cut off from the rest of society," the main opposition leader warned.



Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 11th, 2006 at 06:39:12 AM EST
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