Wearing abaya: Jean-Luc Mélenchon denounces a new “absurd religious war”

As expected, the ban on wearing the abaya at school is not unanimous within the Nupes, elected officials of the PS and the PCF.

A sad situation

A new controversy arises after the announcement of the ban on wearing the abaya at school, emanating from Gabriel Attal. The statement by the Minister of Education sparked divided reactions. The debates also extend inside the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes), where divergent opinions are heard. “Sadness to see the start of the school year politically polarized by a new, absurd, entirely artificial religious war over women’s clothing”, wrote Jean-Luc Mélenchon on X. “When will civil peace and true secularism which unites instead to exasperate? “asked the leader of LFI on the remarks relayed by Le Figaro.

A measure tinged with Islamophobia

LFI members also express their dissatisfaction with this ban. Mathilde Panot, spokesperson for the group, is ironic about Gabriel Attal’s obsession with Muslims and more particularly Muslim women. For her part, Clémentine Autain, MP for LFI, denounces this decision as unconstitutional and contrary to the founding principles of secularism, calling it a reflection of an obsessive rejection of Muslims. In the camp of insubordinate France, the announcement of the Minister of Education is linked to an “Islamophobic” decision. The decision was vigorously criticized, particularly within La France insoumise (LFI), where several members denounce a measure tinged with Islamophobia.

Opinions divided within the Nupes

The position on this ban also varies within Nupes. Socialist and Communist elected officials support the measure in the name of secularism, while Europe Ecology Les Verts (EELV) supporters see it as a “stigmatization”. Sandrine Rousseau, MP and feminist activist, compares this announcement to social control over the bodies of women and young girls, recalling the ban on crop tops in 2022. The debate also extends to the Socialist Party, where the decision is welcomed more favorably. Some see it as an application of the principle of secularism, while others believe that this measure is more a matter of policing proselytism than of policing clothing. The ban is welcomed by the French Communist Party (PCF), but Fabien Roussel, its leader, insists on the need to provide more teachers rather than dwell on such issues.

This article is originally published on linfo.re

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