The National Assembly of the French parliament has approved the Ant-Radicalism bill 2021 in a bid to fight the Islamic radicalism.

About the Anti-Radicalism Bill

  • The Anti-Radicalism Bill seeks to strengthen the government oversight of mosques and religious schools.
  • The new bill will also take strong actions against the polygamy and forced marriage.
  • It provides for measures with the aim of rooting out the Islamic radicalism.
  • The bill is a part of the broader French efforts that it initiated with the aim of fighting extremism.
  • The bill will also promote respect for French values.

Backdrop

The Anti-Radicalism Bill was passed in the backdrop of fighting extremism in the country. This fight against extremism gained momentum after a teacher was beheaded in October 2020.

How Muslims are reacting?

Many of the French Muslims stated that this draft law will limit the religious freedom. They are of the view that this bill unfairly targets them since there are already enough laws to fight the terrorist violence in the country. Further, the critiques are of the view that this bill was passed keeping in view the 2021 Presidential election in order to win the support from conservative and far-right voters.

About the French Parliament

It is a bicameral legislature of the French Republic. It comprises of the Senate (Upper House) and the National Assembly (Lower House). Both of the assembly conducts the legislative sessions at different locations in Paris. The Upper House holds the sessions at the Palais du Luxembourg while the Lower House holds the sessions at Palais Bourbon. Both the houses have their own regulations and rules of procedure.

Radicalism

The Radicalism was a historical political movement of the 18th and 19th century in the domain of liberalism. This movement is a precursor to the social liberalism. The movement seeks to transform or replace the fundamental principles of society through the social change, revolution, structural change or radical reform.

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