Thursday, August 25, 2016

Burkini: the State Council will decide – The Point

The controversy swells, the debate is racing, even if hystericises. On the political front and on social networks, anti-Burkini arrested are criticized in France and abroad. The State Council focuses on the legality of those provisions. The highest French administrative court, particularly seized by the League of Human Rights (LDH) and the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), meets at 3:01 p.m. panel of three judges. They should then make their decision within 48 hours.

The proposals bumper Sarkozy

The State Council considers a “freedom summary proceeding”, a suspension request emergency a decree of the town of Villeneuve-Loubet (French Riviera). But it is actually called on to resolve the legal dispute to the thirty French cities that require their beaches this summer, held a “respectful of morality and secularism” in the name of “public order”. Whatever his decision, it is unlikely that the controversy falls on these swimwear covering the body hair ankles, and more broadly on the place of Islam in France.

Nicolas Sarkozy, candidate for the primary to the right, so called, in an interview published Friday in the Le Figaro Magazine , to legislate to prohibit “any religious symbol to school but also to university in administration and also in business. ” For him, “do nothing” against the burkini “would enact a further decline of the Republic.” The National Front goes further, by deciding to “a general prohibition law of conspicuous religious symbols in all of the public space.” Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who “understands” and “supports” the mayors who took those arrested, said Aug. 17 its refusal to legislate on the issue. French law bans Muslim headscarves in schools, colleges and public high schools, and the full veil (burqa or niqab) in any public space.

Twenty-four women verbalized since the beginning of the week

the Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned Wednesday against the “stigma” of Muslims after broadcasting images of a woman controlled on the beach in Nice, carrying a simple veil . On a series of photos taken with a telephoto lens on the elongated first seen on the rollers, while four municipal police officers approaching. Then sitting, surrounded by servants, finally making the gesture of removing his tunic. These shots ignited social networks – the hashtag #WTFFrance (What the fuck France) has been used in tens of thousands of tweets – outraged the foreign press, and led the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) requiring emergency a meeting place Beauvau. The president of the CFCM Anwar Kbibech made it part of the “strong emotions and strong concern among the Muslims of France,” reaffirming “attachment” of these “values ​​of the Republic”.

Bernard Cazeneuve has passed the buck to the State Council on the issue of burkini, recalling that nothing prevented the mayors to take measures restricting the freedoms to preserve public order, provided that they are “strictly proportionate” . Charge the highest administrative court to assess this “proportionality”, after the Nice Administrative Court, in a first stage, validated the order of Villeneuve-Loubet. For local jurisdiction, the ban is “necessary, appropriate and proportionate” to avoid disturbing public order after the succession of bombings in France, in Nice on July 14 which was 86 dead. The court also found that wearing these swimwear could “be felt as a defiance or provocation exacerbating tensions felt by the population.”

In Nice, at least twenty-four women were verbalized since the beginning of the week. In Cannes, the decree led to verbalize August 16 a young Muslim mother, came to the beach wearing her veil, under the eye of onlookers shouting: “Go home! “In this case, the Socialist Party denounced” a particularly dangerous drift “.


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