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France unveils controversial proposed law on Islamist extremism

by A.P.

A controversial draft bill aimed at reinforcing secular values and fighting radical Islamism has been unveiled in France.

The proposed legislation was put before ministers on Wednesday, before details of it were outlined, including greater restrictions on homeschooling.

On the same day, the prime minister defended the proposals, which have sparked controversy in some circles, in a newspaper interview.

“We are facing an enemy that attacks our values, that even attacks out citiens through terrorist acts,” Jean Castex told Le Monde said, evoking the beheading of Samuel Paty and an attack on a Nice church that killed three people last month.

“We must strengthen ourselves to be better able to confront this.”

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