It doesn't call itself a Muslim party. It calls itself the party of the "banlieue". The word "banlieue" literally means suburb, but in practice it has come to acquire something of the connotation that the word "ghetto" has in English.

A new political party, the "party of the banlieue", was launched yesterday in Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis) to "defend multiculturalism" and "take the problems of the banlieue in hand".

The party, which currently has 7 federations, in Ile-de-France and in Martinique, will present several candidates in the municipal elections of 2014, announced its founder, Abdel-Malik Djermoune, during a press conference.

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