Arab News en Francais to host debate on French citizens of Arab origin

Arab News en Francais to host debate on French citizens of Arab origin
Panelists who will take part in the Arab News en francais debate over the YouGov study of nearly 1,000 French people of Arab origin residing in France. (Supplied)
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Updated 27 November 2020

Arab News en Francais to host debate on French citizens of Arab origin

Arab News en Francais to host debate on French citizens of Arab origin
  • The event will launch the YouGov study of nearly 1,000 French people of Arab origin residing in France
  • The virtual event will take place on Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. Paris time via Zoom

LONDON: The main English-language daily in the Middle East, Arab News — and its French-language digital edition Arab News en Francais — have partnered with the prestigious Arab World Institute (IMA) in Paris to launch a far-reaching study on the perceptions of French citizens of Arab origin on life in France.

They will host a debate on the issue at a virtual conference later this month to be attended by keynote speakers.The event will launch the YouGov study of nearly 1,000 French people of Arab origin residing in France

“When emotions run high, visions may be scattered, and opinions might be easily mistaken for facts. This is why we at Arab News are very proud of our partnership with the leading polling agency YouGov to produce solid research-based reports which have become a hallmark of the way we cover some of the most sensitive topics we are living through today,” said Arab News Editor-in-Chief Faisal J. Abbas.

“The findings of the YouGov poll our French news site has commissioned and will be discussed in the panel and reflected in the report are fascinating.

“We invite readers to challenge any long-held stereotypes they may hold and allow the numbers to speak for themselves as they reveal just how integrated or marginalized French citizens of Arab origins feel they are,” he added.

The conference event will bring together top speakers and include a keynote speech from IMA President Jack Lang, and a special welcome address from French Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ludovic Pouille.

Other prestigious speakers will include French Senator Nathalie Goulet, Jean-Pierre Sakoun, president of the Comite Laicite Republique, Dr. Melyssa Haffaf, director of the gender and justice initiative at Georgetown University, Dr. Ghaleb Bencheikh, president of the Fondation de l’Islam de France, French journalist and film maker Dr. Myriam Francois, and Alexandre Devineau, the French general manager of YouGov.

The virtual event will take place on Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. Paris time via Zoom.

Arab News Research and Studies Unit (RSU) partnered with YouGov for the survey which was carried out between Sept. 8 and 14 and was based on a representative sample of 958 French people from Arab countries, living in France.

Previous studies with YouGov have included, the 2020 US Elections — What do Arabs Want?, Mosque and State — How Arabs See the Future, How Arabs view Japan and Saudi Women Can Drive.

Following the launch of the 2020 US elections study, Arab News RSU hosted a virtual debate to discuss its results. The event featured experts from throughout the US and Middle East, including former US ambassador, Robert Ford.


32 killed and 79 injured during deadly clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur

32 killed and 79 injured during deadly clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur
Sudan’s war-scarred Darfur region is always prone to communal clashes. (AP)
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32 killed and 79 injured during deadly clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur

32 killed and 79 injured during deadly clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur
  • The footage also showed women and children carrying their belongings, allegedly fleeing clashes in the camp

CAIRO: Clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in Sudan’s West Darfur have killed at least 32 people, according to a local medical official, as Sudanese authorities imposed a round-the-clock curfew on the province.
Darfur remains scarred by war after a rebellion in the early 2000s was brutally suppressed. The most recent violence comes two weeks after the UN Security Council ended the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force’s mandate in the Darfur region.
Salah Saleh, a doctor and former medical director at the main hospital in the provincial capital of Genena, said the clashes wounded at least 79 others. “It’s horrible,” he said. “Until now, people cannot reach any hospitals.”
Salah warned that the casualty toll was likely much higher. The violence erupted on Friday in Genena, when an Arab man was stabbed to death at a market in the Krinding camp for internally displaced people, aid worker Al-Shafei Abdalla said. He said the suspect was arrested.
On Saturday, the dead man’s family — from the Arab Rizeigat tribe — attacked the Krinding camp, burning most of its houses, said Abdalla.
Gov. Mohammed Abdalla Al-Douma said the government would impose a curfew that would include the closure of all markets and a ban on gatherings across the province. Al-Douma granted security forces and soldiers a mandate to use force to control the situation.
The prime minister’s office in Khartoum said in a statement a high-ranking delegation led by the country’s top prosecutor would head to Genena “to take necessary measures” to re-establish stability in West Darfur. The statement did not give a casualty toll from the clashes.
Adam Regal, a spokesman for a local organization that helps run refugee camps in Darfur, shared footage showing the burned homes and property in the Krinding camp following Saturday’s attack.
The video included graphic images of wounded people with blood-stained clothes. The footage also showed women and children carrying their belongings, allegedly fleeing clashes in the camp.