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Sunday, February 28, 2021

France Unveils Law Against Islamic Extremism

France unveiled its proposed law against Islamist extremism following two recent terrorist attacks.

France unveiled its proposed law against Islamist extremism following two recent terrorist attacks.

The draft was originally referred to as the “anti-separatism” bill but was changed into the “draft law to strengthen republican values” after facing criticisms.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the law was necessary to root out what he called “separatists” undermining France.

The legislation reportedly contained more than 50 provisions to combat the prevalence of extremist Islamic ideologies which allegedly leads to the propagation of terrorist ideology.

Among proposed measures were abolishing virginity certificates, controlling homeschooling, monitoring foreign funding of mosques, and banning public-sector employees from wearing religious clothing in the workplace.

Prime Minister Jean Castex defended that the draft does not target religious freedom was aimed at “the nefarious ideology of radical Islamism.”

“The enemy of the Republic is a political ideology called radical Islamism, which aims to divide the French among themselves,” said Castex.

Castex added that the law aimed to “free Muslims from the growing grip of radical Islamism.”

The French Parliament is expected to open what is likely to be debated on the draft law in the coming months. 

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