France is suffering from a horrible economic crisis. If you have got no hope, if you have got no access to equal education or jobs or housing, what are you going to do?It’s very easy to take a bus from Paris to Istanbul and then go over land into Syria.
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy called the burkini swimwear “a provocation” and claimed France’s “identity is under threat”.
A long history of violent conflict between groups led the state to break its ties to the Catholic Church early in the 1800s and adopt a strong commitment to maintaining a totally secular public sector. During the Ancien Régime, France had traditionally been considered the Church's eldest daughter, and the King of France always maintained close links to the Pope.
This led to various conflicts, in particular during the Reformation between Catholics and Huguenots (French Calvinists).
On religion, France has rigidly separated church and state since 1905.
More recently, the government has banned the wearing of hijabs and other obvious religious symbols in public schools and face-covering niqabs in public spaces.