The work of the Parliament on the bill “consolidating the republican principles” started as quickly as possible: while the composition of the special committee responsible for examining the text in the National Assembly was officially announced Wednesday, December 16 in At the end of the day, the auditions began the next morning. The interior ministers, Gérald Darmanin, and education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, were the first to be heard by the deputies.
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For having been fast, these beginnings were nevertheless nothing thunderous. The two ministers reconsidered the main principles of the law and weapon passes were rare, in the midst of numerous interventions in support of majority deputies. In his opening remarks, Gerald Darmanin sought to defuse the controversies surrounding this bill. “This text is also what it is not”, he said, before assuring that this text does not target a particular religion: “Any provision is addressed to all religions. “
An “emergency text which does not allow facilities”
The Minister of the Interior also argued that the text does not include any provision on immigration, a point he “Personally claims”. Gérald Darmanin thus rejected as a “Ease” the discourse making immigration the main cause of Islamism and separatism. However, he hoped that the fight against illegal immigration would be the subject of subsequent discussions, as well as questions of social diversity and equal opportunities. “It is an important text, undoubtedly complex” and even a “Emergency text”, “Which does not allow the facilities of language because it touches the soul of the Republic”, concluded Gérald Darmanin.
The right wing has voiced some criticism, instead accusing the bill of not going far enough. Deputy Annie Genevard particularly regretted that the word “separatism”, used in the explanatory memorandum, does not appear in the law itself, denouncing a “False modesty”.
Finally, while the question of the unity of the majority raises questions and concerns internally, it is from an LREM deputy, Sonia Krimi, that the most virulent intervention came. “In the field, I am told about the health crisis, hospitals, traders, but not secularism”, annoyed the member for La Manche, believing that this bill goes against the stated objective of the majority “To appease society”. “How are you going to convince me that this is the time to propose this law?” “, she said to Gerald Darmanin.
“We are not only targeting future terrorists”
Unsurprisingly, France Insoumise also attacked the substance of the text. Alexis Corbière warned: “We will have a lot of criticism” to be formulated during the examination of the text. He has already attacked a law “Anti-secular”, and denounced its blind spots. “Nothing about schools, nothing about mixed education, private schools (1) are left out of the scope of this text”, enumerated the deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis, who also questioned the effectiveness of the future law in the fight against terrorism, believing that it would have been necessary to strengthen the means of the police and intelligence, as well as the observatory Pharos Against Hate Online.
Auditioned just after Gérald Darmanin, Jean-Michel Blanquer replied indirectly by affirming: “We are not only targeting future terrorists, and fortunately, but the unity of our society. “ The Minister of National Education has been widely questioned about home education, which the bill intends to restrict. While calling for “Not to focus on this subject” and refraining from doing any “The alpha and the omega” of the fight against separatism, the Minister of National Education has repeated it on several occasions: “School is good for children. It is true for the human race, it is a right ”, he hammered.
The work of the special commission will continue next week, including the hearing of the Keeper of the Seals, Éric Dupond-Moretti.