French Muslims are protesting the government for neglecting Mayotte’s development, rising crimes and poverty.
“We would like to know what we have done to suffer this way. Where is the state in Mayotte? Where is the State? The State has done nothing in Mayotte! There are slums everywhere. I tell you that France has ‘slummed’ Mayotte .”
Mayotte is a 10-hour flight from Paris, but it is still part of France as the outermost region of the European Union.
Critics call this African colony France’s biggest shantytown.
Muslims make up a majority of the population.
About 84% of its 300,000 residents live below the poverty line compared to 16% in the metropolitan area of France.