France has seen a turbulent autumn– with the pandemic only part of the reason. Ongoing street protests against police violence, multiple terrorist attacks…Now President Macron wants to take back control – with legislation that critics see as a repressive turn to the right. Following terror attacks in October, a new draft law to curb the influence of Islamism would make it easier to inspect or shut radical mosques, limit home-schooling, and otherwise widen the government’s powers to restrict behavior deemed harmful to the values of the Republic. Critics see those values themselves as at risk of being undermined; the legislation, along with a draft security law, is sparking pushback and protests.
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