According to Paris, the extreme Muslim communities are eroding the unity of the country. President Macron accelerated action after the latest series of terror attacks, including the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty by a Muslim extremist. The government wants a broad approach. For example, stricter rules must be introduced for religious education and polygamy.
The government speaks of the law against separatism because radical Muslims create communities separate from France’s “unshakable secular identity”. “Our country is sick of separatism, especially of Islamism that is damaging our national unity,” Interior Minister Darmanin defended the bill in parliament. “We have to find the cure,” he added. According to the minister, the law does not fight religions, but the attempts of extremists to take over the country.
Far-left politicians believe that the law stigmatizes Muslims. For the right, the plans do not go far enough. The proposals would ignore issues such as radicalization in prison and migration. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who ranks as Macron’s main rival in next year’s elections, has already come up with solutions of his own such as a ban on Muslim headscarves in all public places.
Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.
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