French government unveils new law tackling Islamist extremism


French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday secured his cabinet’s blessing for a draft law targeting “radical Islamism” following a spate of terror attacks, a move some critics fear will stigmatise the French Muslim community, Europe’s largest.

The text was originally titled the “anti-separatism” bill, a term Macron has used to refer to radical Islamists withdrawing from mainstream society. Following criticism of that term, it is now called a “draft law to strengthen republican values”, mostly secularism and freedom of expression.

Defending the bill at a press conference on Wednesday, Prime Minister Jean Castex said the text does not target religious freedom but is aimed at “the nefarious ideology of radical Islamism”

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Source: France24