Marlène Schiappa announces “Estates General of secularism”


Marlène Schiappa, here at the National Assembly in Paris, March 30, 2021.

LAÏCITÉ – The Minister for Citizenship Marlène Schiappa announces, in an interview with Sunday newspaper, the holding of “States General of secularism” which will give rise in particular to a “major consultation” among young people on this divisive subject.

The kick off of these States General will be given on Tuesday at the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (Cnam) in Paris “with a high-level conference between intellectuals of all sensibilities”, she specifies, citing among others the academician Barbara Cassin, the essayist Caroline Fourest and the philosopher Gaspard Koenig.

Until the summer, “round tables and working groups on freedom of expression, research, youth, citizen integration” will be organized, she adds, assuring that she would also leave “card blanche ”to associations and unions.

A “major consultation” launched “with 50,000 young people”

A “major consultation with” will finally be launched “with 50,000 young people”, adds Marlène Schiappa, according to which all the exchanges must “be an opportunity to unite us around French secularism”.

“It’s a subject of passion. The idea is to say: let’s talk about it together and listen to each other ”, she underlines at a time when the future of the Observatory of secularism is the subject of a bitter political battle.

“Secularism is in no way a weapon of repression against religions”, assures Marlène Schiappa. “We want to get out of the pincers between the far-right identitarians on one side and the indigenous people and Europe Écologie-Les Verts on the other. I invite everyone to speak within the framework of the Estates General. ”

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