French Muslims who swap ‘heathen’ France for Egypt


Cairo, from our special correspondent.
In El Tagamu El Khames, an outer eastern suburb of Cairo known as the Fifth District in English, you find dirt roads where unpainted buildings alternate with others painted orange or yellow. Just a few metres further on, beyond the rubbish bins where stray cats forage, there are chic villas. The neighbourhood has become a haven for ultra-observant French Muslims who make a Hegira or migration to an Islamic country so as to practice their religion just as it was practised at its origins.

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