The rising intolerance regardless of Covid-19 pandemic grips France which witnessed an alarming spike in Islamophobia since January 2020 and shut down 73 mosques and personal Islamic colleges. In response to French Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin, it was to fight “radical Islamism” nonetheless, it looks like a transfer following the footsteps of China in violation of cultural and spiritual rights.
In a current press convention, Darmanin claimed that “in September, 12 locations of radicalization have been closed (outlets, colleges exterior contracts, locations of worship, and so forth.)That’s 73 locations closed because the begin of the 12 months (sic).” Whereas the buildings’ having an affiliation to “radical Islam” stays questionable, “an undeclared mosque, an Islamic cultural and associative institution, a non-contract Islamic college, 5 outlets and 4 ingesting shops” are among the many locations focused by the authorities.
He revealed that resulting from their alleged connection to “radical Islam”, a number of ingesting shops have been closed which is ironic since these shops bought alcohol and their consumption is forbidden in Islam. In one in every of his tweets, Darmanin asserted, “One of many important roles of the state is to make sure that unlawful colleges don’t come and take the place of faculties within the Republic (sic).”
Whereas earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a plan to defend France’s secular values in opposition to Islamist radicalism, describing Islam as a faith “in disaster” everywhere in the world, Darmanin stated, “We should expel 231 foreigners from French territory, who’re residing right here illegally, and are being pursued on prices of extremism, together with 180 in jail.”
This isn’t the primary time that such a measure is being taken into place to curb the unfold of Islam which is the second-most broadly professed faith in France behind Christianity. Earlier French leaders too have attacked the free selection and rights of younger Muslim ladies by implementing measures like ban on college students carrying the hijab or headscarves in class and the ban on face coverings.
Nonetheless, none within the fashionable period of France have straight criticised Islam as a faith or violated the cultural rights like these achieved by Macron and Darmanin.