They are in many ways the forgotten combatants, but French President Francois Hollande has been paying tribute to the Muslim soldiers who fought in World Wars I and II.
Hollande visited Paris’s Grand Mosque and spoke of how France is rich thanks to its diversity and unity.
“The important value that makes diversity and unity possible is secularism,” he said.
According to a poll published in April last year, three out of four French people have an negative image of Islam.
Hollande unveiled a plaque paying tribute to the 100,000 French Muslims who died fighting in the two world wars.