After claiming that “Islam is a problem around the world and that radical Islam is a threat to French society,” President Emmanuel Macron, in trying to rid France of its “parallel society” of Islamic Separatists living outside the values of the nation, laid out a series of measures in a proposed law that would disrupt the education, finances and other means of radical Islamic indoctrination in mosques and schools.
AP News Macron has coined the term “separatism” to describe the underworld that thrives in some neighborhoods around France where radicalized Muslims take control of the local population to inculcate their beliefs. Authorities contend that the vector for inculcating Muslims with an extremist ideology was once the mosque but, today, the main vector is schools.
Macron stressed in a speech that stigmatizing French Muslims would be falling into a “trap” laid by radicals. He blamed France itself for organizing the “ghettoization” of a population that could easily fall prey to the preaching of those whose goal is to substitute their laws for those of the nation, and reiterated that secularism is the “cement” of France.
For Macron, fundamentalist Islam has penetrated French society, including public services, from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport to the transport system. He said some bus drivers have been known to bar women with short skirts from getting aboard.
France has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe with up to 5 million members, and Islam is the country’s No. 2 religion.