French schools will begin prioritizing teaching the Arabic language and the state will actively promote Islamic culture. When announcing his new plan to combat Islamic separatism in French society, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday his government will spend €10 million a year on the scheme, daily Le Figaro reports.
Gee, I guess it never occurred to him to promote French culture to Muslim students in France?
“What we have to tackle is Islamic separatism,” which “often results in the constitution of a counter-society,” Macron said in a lengthy speech. “We should not let ourselves be drawn into the trap of amalgamation set by polemicists and extremes which would result in the stigmatization of all Muslims.”
At the educational level, Macron announced a ban on homeschooling beginning this year, with the only exceptions being “strictly limited for those with health requirements.” The French president said that school attendance will therefore be compulsory from the age of three. “It is a necessity,” he said.
“I made a decision, without doubt one of the most radical since the laws of 1882 and those ensuring the co-education of boys and girls in 1969,” Macron said, adding that private schools “will be subject to enhanced controls.
The state must also “engage and support what should in our country allow the emergence of a better understanding of Islam,” Macron said. He continued by announcing the establishment of a “scientific institute of Islam” and additional related positions in higher education.
French conservatives have been opposed to the plans to begin teaching Arabic in schools, explaining that it will only increase separatism instead of promoting it.
“The anti-nationalist government plans to teach Arabic from elementary school at an age when children barely discover the French language,” Jean Messiha, a member of the National Rally, wrote in April of this year.
“The Arabization and Islamization of France is on the march.”
In reaction to Macron’s speech, French Islamic expert Romain Caillet wrote, “At some point you have to choose, if they want less Islam at home that they stop immigration from the Muslim world, it seems more logical than wanting to reform Islam.”
Macron’s plan is in stark contrast with the conservative position on immigration and Islam in France.
French philosopher and essayist Éric Zemmour recently called for the deportation of all unaccompanied minor migrants, who cost the state huge amounts of money and are also a major source of delinquency and crime, a position echoed by Macron’s nationalist rival, Marine Le Pen.
“I am not making up anything: it is in all the papers, in all media, police keeps saying it and the Ministry of Interior says the same,” Zemmour said.It is a crime against the European peoples, it will end in bloodshed.”
More reason than ever to elect Eric Awmmour for president next year: