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French Lawmakers Vote Today on Bill to Fight Separation in Society   

Tue 16 Feb 2021 | 09:18 AM
Ahmed Moamar

French lawmakers are going to vote this afternoon on a bill to sustain the republican principles in the country.

This comes ahead of fifteen months of the presidential election which will be conducted in 2022.

Today’s vote comes after detailed discussions in a special committee and a plenary session of the National Assembly ( French Parliament).

Those debates resulted in 313 amendments and the bill will be referred to the French Senate next April.

French President Emanuel Marcon has pushed to phrase this bill following a number of terrorist attacks in Paris,        the capital city of France in 2015, and other cities across the country.

The bill criminalizes separation and tightens control on societies and scrutinizing funding of religious activities in France.

This motion also aims to fight hate via the Internet and it suggests another measure.

The controversial bill resembles one enacted in 1905 which separated between the state and church and it is depicted as the pillar of French secularism.

The French authorities seek to set mechanisms to regulate the funding of religious activities to urge the religious sects not to receive any foreign finance.

The suggested bill put strict control on funding the religious and cultural societies in France and sets the principle of religious neutralism of the public figures.

The French government plans to prevent sneaking extremists to bodies of the state and fighting, what is considered in France, the Extremist Islam.

However, opponents of this bill, of various wings of the political spectrum,  see it as a hindrance to civil liberties and offers a narrow-angle of secularism.

They went on to say that some articles of the bill are repeated and existed in other laws in place.

The bill puts more strict measures on learning at home which affects 67 thousand children in the country.

It stipulates to have permission in advance and other terms such as a disability or moving the family to many places.