In France, as elsewhere, the number of atheists is growing: 29% of French people proclaim to be atheists, and 63% of French people do not identify with any particular religion (Gallup poll – 2012).

Yet paradoxically, the place of religion is becoming increasingly prevalent in the public debate.
Faced with this rise of religious fervour, atheists, hitherto discreet and silent, have decided to speak out.

Through demonstrations, via social networks, and even on televised entertainment programs, it is now not uncommon to hear people affirm their atheist views.
But what does being an atheist today mean?
Who are these “new atheists” who are becoming increasingly involved in public debate?