France must “combat Islamist separatism& rdquor ;, summed up Emmanuel Macron this Friday during a speech delivered in the Les Mureaux commune, considered a sensitive suburb of the Parisian region. “There is a radical Islamism that leads to deny the laws of the Republic & rdquor ;, an” ideology & rdquor; that “affirms that its own laws are superior & rdquor; and “it trivializes violence & rdquor ;, explained the French president before unveiling the details of his bill against separatism. Islamist separatism refers to the radical indoctrination carried out by extremists in France and with which they even manage to dominate neighborhoods in French cities.
Intoning his ‘mea culpa’, Macron highlighted the failure of local policies, responsible for the “separatism of our neighborhoods […] the implantation of ghettos of our Republic & rdquor; and, therefore, “from the concentration of miseries and hardships & rdquor; and “the division of the population based on its origins or social background & rdquor ;. An observation that would justify the measures inscribed in his new bill, aimed at “reinforce secularism and consolidate republican principles & rdquor ;.
Education at the center of the project
In his defense of secularism, education plays an essential role: home schooling will become “strictly limited & rdquor; as of the next school year, decreeing the compulsory schooling from the age of three. “It is a necessity,” Macron insisted.
This measure will also translate into a tightening of controls on independent establishments to prevent the phenomenon of “illegal schools, often run by religious extremists,” explained the head of state. It will also end teaching program of the language and culture of origin (ELCO), taught to about 80,000 students every year by teachers sent by other countries -including Spain-, to avoid possible “foreign interference”.
Strict control of associations and magnet formation
Concerned about such meddling, not only in schools, but also in mosques, Macron announced that he will end the training of imams abroad and urge the French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM) to create a specific program to certify the imams and a statute whose breach would result in the revocation of the religious leaders. To build “an Islam that can live in peace with the Republic& rdquor; It is essential to “free Islam in France from foreign influences,” he said.
Associations will also be subjected to strict control and, if proven “violation of dignity” or “psychological or physical pressure & rdquor; within its walls, they can be dissolved. According to the president, “212 drinking establishments, fifteen places of worship, four schools and thirteen associative and cultural establishments & rdquor; They have been closed since 2017 in the framework of the fight against radicalization.
The bill will be examined next November 9 by the Council of Ministers and, if there are no changes to the agenda, it will be debated by the National Assembly during the first quarter of 2021.