Muslims in Europe have felt the backlash following Islamist attacks in France last week, with reports of firebombs and pig heads thrown into mosques and veiled women insulted on the streets.
Head of the National Observatory Against Islamophobia Abdallah Zekri has confirmed 16 places of worship around France were attacked within 48 hours of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, Associated Press reports.
French authorities have warned the nation against linking French Muslims to terrorists, with concerns of a backlash discussed on Monday at a counter-terrorism meeting at the Interior Ministry.
Socialist lawmaker Patrick Mennucci said people should be careful to not stigmatize anyone.
“We said above all, pretty unanimously, that in France there are five or six million Muslims. These (terrorist) issues concern 1000 individuals,” Mr Mennucci told Associated Press.
Despite the unity march in Paris on Sunday, described as the largest in French history, Muslims and experts agreed it was expected that Muslims would fall under suspicion after the attacks.
Rising far-right groups in Europe have voiced anti-Islamic concerns, fearing their culture is being diminished by what they perceive to be an alien civilization.
French authorities have warned that France would be a preferred target for Islamic extremists and the country is currently at a high state of alert, with 10,000 soldiers positioned on the streets.