An Algerian-born spokeswoman for France's mainstream-right Republicans has said she has been the victim of death threats and vicious messages by radical Islamists in an article published after a man was found guilty of hate speech in tweets to her this week. Lydia Guirous also attacked the left for failing to come to her defence.
"I'm a young woman of north African origin and right-wing," Guirous, who was born in Algeria's Kabylia region in 1984, wrote in Sunday's Journal du Dimanche. "For some people that's too much."
She has been targeted because of her political allegiance and her "tireless battle against radical Islam and the veil, a symbol of the subjection of women", she claimed.