To fight radical Islam, France is limiting religious freedoms - with the blessing of its Jewish minority


November 13, 2020

Jean-Francois Badias / POOL / AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on combating radical Islam in Mulhouse, France on Feb. 18, 2020.

(JTA) - As the French government rolls out a controversial plan that amounts to its most robust crackdown on religious activity in decades, it is enjoying broad support from at least one of the country's faith communities: French Jews.

Jewish community leaders have applauded President Emmanuel Macron's effort to counter what he calls "Islamist separatism" with a plan that would require children to attend state-recognized schools from the age of three, effectively barring the practice of Muslim home-schooling, and mandate an oath of allegiance to the state from religious associations. 


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