On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron proposes a bill against “emotional separation” with the aim of “combating those who employ religion to question the values of the Republic,” which is considered a targeting of the Muslim community in particular.
Work on the project began last February, but the Corona crisis hindered it, and it will now come in a charged context after a white weapon attack last week in Paris, accused of carrying out a Pakistani youth, and also in conjunction with the trial of the accused in the attack on the satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” that killed a number Of its employees in 2015.
The future bill aims to “combat those who employ religion to question the values of the republic,” according to the Elysee Palace.
The presidency added that “this threat requires a double response: defensive through a draft law, and another positive because it consists in reviving the republic and its values of liberty and equality.”
Macron promised to go “farther and stronger” to promote “equality of opportunity” in the coming months.
He is supposed to announce the amendment of the 1905 law on separating the church from the state, which is the mainstay of French secularism, and impose stricter control on Islamic associations, especially those that include “schools” for the education of children.
Macron could also announce measures to address virginity certificates issued by some doctors before religious marriage, polygamy, and the denial of inheritance for women.
It is also expected that the French President will elaborate on his statements he made last February regarding ending the recruitment of imams from abroad, and imposing stricter financial control on mosques subject to “external interference.”
It is planned to present the draft law to the cabinet at the beginning of next December, and then to discuss it in Parliament in the first half of 2021, that is, before the presidential elections in 2022.