The French Senate passed an amendment that would make it illegal for girls to wear the religious veil worn by Muslim women. It was introduced by President Emmanuel Macron last year to fight so-called “Islamist separatism.”
The bill speaks of ending misogynistic values and imposition of radical culture on women along with brainwashing of youth which is not recured at a young age, ie. under 18 in educational institutions.
The bill also prohibits patients from choosing doctors based on gender for religious or other reasons and makes “secularism education” compulsory for all public officials.
This comes less than a month after voters in Switzerland supported a ban on the burqa and niqab.
On March 30, the French senate voted in favor of the “prohibition in the public space of any conspicuous religious sign by minors and of any dress or clothing which would signify an interiorization of women over men.”
In addition, hijabi mothers would be prohibited from accompanying school field trips and burkinis would be banned at public swimming pools. These laws, which are part of the proposed “Separatism Bill” are not yet in effect – they will first need to be confirmed by the National Assembly.
France has historically strived to uphold its ideals of secularism, or separation of state and religion, often arguing that religious symbols like veils are in opposition to European principles of enlightenment and individualism.
French President Emmanuel Macron has previously expressed that the hijab is not in accordance with French ideals, but had also said that he does not wish “to make a law which prohibits it in the street.”
In the recent few times, the Islamic terrorism activities in Europe especially France have increased at a high pace and these laws according to their government will ‘put an end to radicalization’ and hail the values of secularism where everyone is equal.