Photographs of Algerian women functioned as a medium of representation during the Algerian War.
In some cases, French soldiers forced Algerian women to unveil for portrait identifications, which violated local Algerian customs and religious practices.
She tells me that because she is a “good” Arab, which is to say one who follows no religious restrictions, she is embraced by certain French people with a readiness she finds discomfiting, held up in their minds as a model of “integration,” a word I hear used far more often than “equality.” Through her eyes, I struggle to understand the nuances of a racist society whose structures are completely different than my own.
Recently, France’s Burkini bans — laws prohibiting women from wearing a modest wetsuit and headscarf on France’s beaches — have been the subject of fierce debate at nearly every social gathering I’ve attended.
The suspect has not been officially named but Bild newspaper identified him as Taoufik M, a Moroccan who has lived in Germany for two years.