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Friday, July 09, 2004

Fascist France?

France stands firm on scarf ban
'France's education minister has vowed that a ban on Islamic headscarves in state schools will be enforced when the new term starts in September.'
'He urged leaders of Muslim groups not to inflame and politicise the issue.'
Right, right... sorry, wait. What did the ban on headscarves do, if not inflame and politicise a non-issue? And you could be forgiven for forgetting the ban is also apparently on things like crosses on a necklace and jewish hat...things. Yes, I'm educated and knowledgeable. Anyway, but no, the discussion is about head scarves only.

France 'forming ethnic ghettoes'. Not intentionally, as policy, but it's happening. And they are 'populated by poor, young French of north African immigrant backgrounds'.

Anyone interested in more of 'enlightened France', should read a bit more of No Pasaran!. Pro-US bias, but good analysis of what is actually said and done in French media, politics and everyday life. If you can get through some of the most recent very long posts, there are short, easy reading ones for those with slight attention spans or little interest. I particularly like 'French Defence Surrender Minister' (Ministresse Française de la Défense Capitulation), and their description of the French daily Le Monde Al Jazeera on the Seine (Le Monde Al Jazira sur Seine)

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