Systematic Obstruction of…. Muslims!

In February 2018 the French government began a policy called the “Systematic Obstruction” policy.

The aim of the policy was to target so-called ‘radical Islam’.

According to the former French Home Secretary Christophe Castaner, pictured right, this is synonymous with:
the beard, hijab, prayer, religiosity during ramadhan and other normal expressions of Islam.

The small steps towards systemic Islamophobia: A timeline

  • February 2018: Policy is implemented in only 15 classified locations.
  • November 2019: Policy made public and extended to the entire country through the establishment of special departmental cells against ‘Islamism and communitarian withdrawal’ nationwide.
  • October 2020: President Macron introduces Islamophobic Anti-Separatism Bill which builds on the Systematic Obstruction powers.
  • July 2021: Anti-Separatism bill adopted by Parliament.

The Shocking Impact of the Systematic Obstruction policy

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Government units nationwide to monitor Islam and Muslims
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Muslim organisations and businesses placed on a secret blacklist and under strict monitoring
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Muslim-owned organisations and businesses were closed

Including at least

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Schools closed
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Mosques closed
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Businesses closed
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Organisations closed
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Cash seized from Muslims

(Figures correct as of May 2021)

 On average this is a staggering:

27 investigations a day

4 closures a month

€10m seized a year!

How Muslim businesses and organisations are punished for being Muslim in France

101 special units of the French government aggressively check that legislation is being correctly implemented. This includes:

  • Security policies,
  • Health and Safety policies,
  • Taxes etc

The tiniest infraction leads to severe sanction:

  • Permanent closure
  • Temporary closure
  • Seizure of funds
  • Fines and financial sanctions

Entrenching the obstruction policy against Muslims through the Anti-Separatism Bill

“I request you to intensify your obstruction actions by systematically connecting with the departmental cells.
This obstruction policy will be soon strengthened by the new dispositions of the [Anti-Separatism] bill to reinforce respect for Republican Principles.”

– French Prime Minister Jean Castex

By targeting its Muslim minority on a systematic basis and despite its vicious whitewashing propaganda, the French State leads what can only be described as an Islamophobic persecution.

The Anti-Separatism Bill will only strengthen it by granting additional powers to the State.

It  is our duty to unveil the great injustice French Muslims currently face and speak out against a State whose actions are driven by its Islamophobic hatred.

Iamges used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Arthur Empereur and Florian David

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