Islamophobic statements made by key members of government
- In a telling indication of how the new French government will approach the question of ‘Islamism’ over the course of Emmanuel Macron’s second term, some ministers have made forceful statements on the matter.
“Islamism is a deadly poison. We will continue to hunt it down and fight it with all our might“
and Pap Ndiaye, Minister of Education claiming that
“There is no state racism, but there can be racism in the state (…)
The problem are the Islamists who are carrying out a political project to destroy the Republic, the terrorists, not a mother who puts a scarf on her head to accompany a class, which she has every right to wear. We must not fight the wrong battle. We can show tolerance without being naive.“
Supreme Court backs local ‘Burkini’ ban
- This suspension has been made possible by a provision of the “Anti-Separatism” Law adopted last year which allows the state to object to local decisions which oppose laicité – French secularism.
- The “burkini controversy” has been raging in France almost every summer since 2016.