The Minister Delegate for Citizenship Marlène Schiappa announces, in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche, the holding of “States General of secularism” which will give rise in particular to a “major consultation” with young people on this divisive subject.
The kickoff of these States General will be given Tuesday at the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (Cnam) in Paris “with a high-level conference between intellectuals of all sensibilities”, she said, citing among others the academician Barbara Cassin, essayist Caroline Fourest and philosopher Gaspard Koenig.
Until the summer, “round tables and working groups on freedom of expression, research, youth, civic integration” will be organized, she adds, assuring that she would also leave “card blanche “to associations and unions.
A “major consultation with Make.org” will finally be launched “with 50,000 young people”, adds Ms. 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 being discussed. ‘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 on one side the far-right identitarians and on the other the indigenous people and Europe Écologie-The Greens. I invite everyone to speak within the framework of the States General.”
Source: Challenges en temps réel : accueil by www.challenges.fr.
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