France votes on anti-radicalism bill that worries Muslims

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France’s decrease home of parliament is voting Tuesday on a bill that would strengthen authorities oversight of mosques and spiritual faculties and crackdown on polygamy and compelled marriage, amongst different measures geared toward rooting out Islamic radicalism.

The bill is a part of broader French efforts to battle extremism in recent times that gained new urgency after a instructor was beheaded in October and different assaults. President Emmanuel Macron says the efforts are additionally wanted to guard French values like gender equality and secularism from encroaching on fundamentalism in some communities.

But many French Muslims say the draft regulation limits spiritual freedom and unfairly targets them, and say France already has sufficient legal guidelines to battle terrorist violence. Critics name the bill a political manoeuvre by Macron to win assist from conservative and far-right voters forward of subsequent 12 months’s presidential election.

The bill is anticipated to win approval within the National Assembly, which is dominated by Macron’s centrist occasion, in addition to the conservative-led Senate.

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