Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP
POLICY – At the end of more than twelve hours of heated discussions, the National Assembly validated, Friday February 12, a new more restrictive regime for family education (IEF), subjecting it to prior authorization from the State , instead of the simple current declaration.
By 78 votes to 25, the deputies adopted article 21 of the bill confirming respect for the principles of the Republic, which thus intends to make family education the exception, the rule being education in establishments or public or private schools. In the viewfinder, the school “separatism” of radical Islamists and other sectarian excesses.
To defuse criticism, the government passed an amendment establishing a transitional period until the school year 2024-2025, subject to controls, “for families who already practice family education and for whom this mode instruction is not used for separatist practices ”. The deputies also voted for amendments so that family instruction is carried out “mainly” in French.
An “aggression” for families
According to its detractors, article 21 violates the freedom of education, the object of many political quarrels since the beginnings of the Third Republic. “You use a hammer to crush a fly”, moved the socialist Jean-Louis Bricout during the parliamentary debates.
“It is an aggression against families,” denounced Charles de Courson (Liberties and Territories) who, as a special commission, affirmed that family education had been abolished by the Nazi regime in Germany and the Francoist Spain.
In a column published by The HuffPost, the deputy (UDI) Agnès Thill denounced a “questioning of fundamental freedoms”. “We are targeting, in the lot, those who, in compliance with the rules, want to reconcile their way of life with the benevolent education of their children”, argues the elected ex-LREM.
“The subject is these little girls who are sent to sheds to be indoctrinated from the age of 3. Do we want to refuse to see that? ”, Explained Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, vilifying a left that“ burns its own values ”and a right that“ pretends not to see ( the) reality on the ground ”.
“The IEF, which is going well, will be able to continue”, promised the minister, ensuring at the same time “to expand” the teams in the rectorates on this subject. “It is a commitment that I am making, an increase in human resources on this issue”, he added.
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