Last updated on October 31, 2019
Religion is again at the forefront of public discussion in France.
It has been described as the notion of separation of church and state, but it has been at the center of discussions concerning wearing religious symbols in some public spheres.
“Laïcité is a tenet of all fraternity which should dwell in every French man like a compass in their connection to other taxpayers, that’s fundamentally a sort of French civility,” Macron explained.
“And that I wanted to only remember it at this time in our country’s history, where these principles of unity and cohesiveness are occasionally twisted and utilized by people who, wanting to sow division and hatred, use it to battle this or that faith,” he continued.
However, since Macron gave his address in Paris, French senators passed a text which could stop individuals from wearing”conspicuous religious symbols” for example veils while accompanying children on school excursions.
Wearing headscarves and other religious clothes at public college in France are prohibited as a 2004 law prohibited conspicuous religious symbols in French public schools.
The new proposed laws has been passed by a majority right-wing Republican Senate, but it is not likely to pass at the National Assembly, where Macron’s celebration”La République en Marche” gets nearly all
On Wednesday, the chief of the Senate Republicans in France, Bruno Retailleau, stated he needed the authorities to not talk loudly, yet to act.
Retailleau was speaking to Macron saying in 2018 that wearing a veil didn’t”adapt to the civility” of French culture due to the worthiness of equality between women and men.
Macron’s opinion was echoed by Marlène Schiappa, the Secretary of State for Equality between men and women, who stated that even though she believed wearing a headscarf didn’t help to liberate girls, she didn’t support the proposed legislation to ban religious symbols on college excursions.
Retailleau was requested to pull the suggested laws by French Senator Samia Ghali in light of their shooting Bayonne, but he denied.
Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls encouraged Macron’s words about the topic on secularism – inform BFMTV that his address was significant because”we’re using a profound crisis of values”