French author releases book envisioning a futuristic “islamified France” in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks
French author Michel Houellebecq conducted a press release for his new political satire "Soumission" the same day as the Charlie Hebdo attacks. (AFP/File)
A new book envisioning an Islamic extremist assuming the French presidency and implementing Shariah law hit bookstores the same day as three men stormed the offices of the French news weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people, according to AFP.
In the book, which takes place in 2022, a Muslim president rises to power in the wake of violence and establishes Shariah law, forcing women to wear veils and excluding them from the work force.
AFP reports that France's president Francois Hollande will read the book because of its provocative nature but emphasizes that it is "just literature".
The themes of the book touch upon real-life tension as an influx of Muslims immigrate to Europe, many seeking refuge from their war-ridden countries. There is legitimate fear that the book will appeal to the ideology of Europe's extreme right, inciting anti-Islamic sentiments throughout the region.