France’s controversial draft ‘separatism’ bill to cause heated debate

Several amendments aimed at restricting the wearing of religious signs in public spaces have already been tabled despite the bill not addressing such an issue. [Shutterstock/ EQRoy]

The French parliament’s debate on the draft bill “reinforcing respect for the principles of the Republic” – which began on Monday – is already promising to be heated.

Several amendments aimed at restricting the wearing of religious signs in public spaces have already been tabled despite the bill not addressing such an issue.

The special committee also deemed several of these amendments inadmissible, particularly the one on the ban on the wearing of the veil for little girls.

After President Emmanuel Macron presented last October his project to trigger “a republican awakening” and fight “Islamic separatism”, he was criticised for several weeks for carrying out a policy against Islam and Muslims.

The terms ‘against separatism’, which were featured in the bill’s title, were changed to ‘reinforcing the principles of the Republic’ to calm tensions.

(Lucie Duboua-Lorsch  | EURACTIV.fr)

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