After more than seven months of commuting between Palais-Bourbon and the Senate, the deputies validated the bill entitled “respect for the principles of the Republic”, reports theAFP. The text contains a battery of measures on the neutrality of the public service, the fight against online hatred, the protection of civil servants and teachers, the supervision of family education, the reinforced control of associations, better transparency of cults and their financing, or the fight against virginity certificates, polygamy or forced marriages.
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The LFI, Communist, Socialist and Les Républicains (LR) deputies voted against, for different reasons. Before the vote, the deputy of La France insoumise (LFI) Jean-Luc Mélenchon defended a last motion against an “anti-republican law” with “anti-Muslim vocation” but it was rejected. According to François de Rugy (LREM), president of the special commission, the text is “of general scope” and “does not deal with relations with a single religion”.
In the meantime, trade union associations had protested against this project. “We are alarmed by this project which has further fragmented French society and throws generalized suspicion against people of Muslim faith, as on all associations, committed citizens”, they reacted.