For the week or so, all the protests against the US-made anti-Islam film have been taking place in Tahrir Square, just like they did during the revolution. So on Friday and during the weekend, I will not change my usual routine, but I will avoid going through the square. Otherwise, I am not scared of going out into the streets because I don’t feel targeted for being French.
Last week, as I was walking home, I ran into an anti-US protest. One of the protesters asked me what my nationality was. When I told him, he said, “The French are the best!” Still, after I heard about Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons, I told myself that if someone in the street asks me this again, I will say I’m German. I’m probably being over-careful, as I have noticed that people here don’t tend to confuse a publication with an entire country – I spoke about the caricatures with two of my employees, who didn’t seem to be mad at me about it at all.