Houellebecq’s Muslim France novel to be made into TV series

A television version of French novelist Michel Houellebecq’s most controversial book is in the pipeline, its backers said Wednesday.

“Submission” has divided critics for imagining a near future in which sharia law is imposed in France after a Muslim president is elected.

Many saw it as provocative, with the writer — who once described Islam as “the stupidest religion” — later admitting that he was “probably Islamophobic”.

The literary bad boy went into hiding the day it was published in January 2015 after jihadists attacked the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, killing 12 people, including a close friend of the writer.