World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 06 Apr, 2021 23:00 am

French Senate amends anti-separatism law to ban hijab for youth under 18

French Senate amends anti-separatism law to ban hijab for youth under 18
French senators have accepted an amendment to the anti-separatism law banning under-18s from wearing religious dress in public.

Last week, on the first day of reading of President Macron’s “anti-separatism” law, the French Senate voted to approve an amendment banning Muslim women under the age of 18 from wearing hijabs anywhere in public.The amendment underscores the reactionary and far-right character of the Macron government’s “anti-separatism” law.A major concern motivating them is that the amendment expresses even more openly the blatantly discriminatory character of the “anti-separatism” law, and threatens to provoke an eruption of opposition in the working class and youth against it.Unsubmissive France and the Communist Party deputies have either voted for or abstained on more than 40 percent of the articles on the “anti-separatism” law in the National Assembly.

The amendment targeting under-18-year-olds passed by a margin of 177 to 141, with senators from the Socialist Party, Communist Party and a majority of Macron’s Republic On the Move party voting against it.Along these lines, Communist Party Senator Mari-Noëlle Lienemann explained her vote against the amendment by stating that she wanted to “find legislation that outlaws the veil for minors,” but that “we cannot make a mistake in choosing which method to use” to achieve it.

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