France: Protest in Paris over anti-Muslim draft law

15th Feb 2021
France: Protest in Paris over anti-Muslim draft law

By Alaattin Doru, Yusuf Ozcan

PARIS (AA): Protesters gathered in Paris on Sunday to demonstrate against a proposed law that they said was discriminatory toward Muslims.

The crowd gathered in the Trocadero Square against the bill dubbed Charter of Republican Values.

French lawmakers will vote on Tuesday on the draft law, which is expected to win approval in both houses of parliament.

President Emmanuel Macron government argues that the bill is needed to protect French values like gender equality and secularism, and to prevent radical ideas from taking root and inspiring violence.
But the protesters said France already has legal tools to do this

 

Hanane Loukili, one of the protesters, told Anadolu Agency that she was one of the victims of Islamophobia in France.

She said the school she ran was closed last November on the grounds that it did not meet security standards.

Keltouma, who only gave her first name, said the closed school was inclusive and students at the facility were being deprived of their fundamental right to education.

She said the school was a safe space for girls who wanted to dress up conservatively.

Olivia Zemor, head of EuroPalestine, a pro-Palestine association, said the proposed law was paving the way for more dangerous situations as it had the potential to put the public under control and surveillance.

Noting that the French bill was similar to the Israeli state’s policies on Palestine, Zemor said France was going through an unprecedented social and economic crisis, and Muslims were picked as the scapegoat during the period.

Last year, the bill was introduced by French President Emmanuel Macron to fight so-called “Islamist separatism”.

It is being criticized because it targets the Muslim community and imposes restrictions on almost every aspect of their lives.

It provides for intervening in mosques and the associations responsible for the administration of mosques, as well as controlling the finances of associations and non-governmental organizations belonging to Muslims.

It also restricts education choices of the Muslim community by preventing families from giving children home education.

The bill also prohibits patients from choosing doctors based on gender for religious or other reasons and makes compulsory “secularism education” for all public officials.

*Writing by Ali Murat Alhas

[Photo: NGOs and victims of the “separatist” bill and human rights defenders gathered to protest against what they say is anti Muslim bill near the Trocadero Square of the capital Paris. Photographer: Alaattin True/AA]

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