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SHis phrases didn’t please the highest of the state. On April 5, on the coronary heart of the Maurice-Ravel highschool affair, political scientist Alain Policar, affiliate researcher on the Center for Political Research at Sciences Po, declared in an interview with RFI that the “law [sur la laïcité en milieu scolaire, NDLR], as I have frequently written, appears, rightly or wrongly, to be discriminatory against Muslims.” He then added that in his eyes, “the veil is not most often a sign of proselytism – sociological surveys show that it is often even a vector of emancipation for young girls through in relation to their environment – ​​and the wearing of the veil should therefore be analyzed on a case-by-case basis.”

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Comments not in keeping with the 2004 regulation prohibiting the sporting of conspicuous indicators of spiritual affiliation. In response, the Minister of National Education Nicole Belloubet excluded the political scientist from the Council of Elders of Secularism, a 12 months after his appointment by former minister Pap Ndiaye. “I will not go into detail about the exchange we had with Alain Policar, but you know my line: the law of March 15, 2004 constitutes an unbreakable foundation for our school,” the minister declared Monday in a speech consulted by the Point on the event of the opening of the plenary assembly of the Council of Elders of Secularism. As confirmed by the minister's entourage at Point, this choice is predicted to take impact by June 30. But Alain Policar asserts Point that he is not going to watch for this date to now not report back to the Council: “Yes, I consider that my exclusion takes effect from now on. »

“There can be no ambiguity”

“Today, it is certain that the application of the law is difficult, and therefore generates tensions. She even seems to be intolerant,” he informed RFI. Comments which had aroused the emotion of a part of the educating workers. “We were deeply shocked by the comments made by […] Alain Policar”, supported the teachers and principals of the Vigilance middle and high school collective in a forum in the Point.

According to this collective, which called for the expulsion of the researcher from the Council, his positions contest “the merits of the 2004 law, he resorts to arguments used by Islamist entryism, whose fallacious process is based on denial of reality and the inversion of values. Through this process, Mr. Policar comes to consider the 2004 law as discriminatory and the wearing of the veil as an act that is not proselytizing, but on the contrary emancipatory. The author suggesting that, because it is too difficult to apply, ineffective and even illegitimate, it should therefore be abolished.

“Alain Policar suggests actually revisiting this law by applying it differently depending on the case. This is unacceptable for Nicole Belloubet. The law is the law. There can be no ambiguity regarding such an important law, a pacification law which has enabled school heads not to find themselves alone in these situations,” confides these near the minister. In her speech to the elders of secularism, the minister maintained that the remarks made by Alain Policar “tend to diminish the law of 2004, as a member of the CSL but outside it, is not compatible with this quality of membership.

“I am not at all in favor of the veil”

For his part, Alain Policar denies having declared to RFI that “the veil was a vector of emancipation”, but rather “that it may be thought of by younger veiled ladies as a method of emancipation by accepting the prescriptions of their atmosphere.

“But I don’t take this reasoning on my own. I am not at all in favor of the veil and I am made to be a supporter of Islamist entryism. But I tolerate it,” maintains Alain Policar, earlier than including: “My position is as follows: the hunt for the veil plays into the hands of the Islamists, that there is an objective complicity between the intransigent application of secularism and the Islamists , who are just waiting to say to Muslims: “see, we don't like you here, you belong to the community of believers and not to that of citizens”. This is what I denounce, in useless. »

Alain Policar, who’s irritated that his freedom of expression as an skilled and never a civil servant was not revered, nonetheless accepts the minister's choice. “Secularism is a basic precept to which I adhere with out the slightest restriction. Contrary to what some have argued, I’m not in favor of Anglo-Saxon secularism. I believe, nonetheless, that our secular mannequin of strict separation and state neutrality should have just a little flexibility in its utility, to the extent that this rigidity is exploited by our enemies. But by saying that, I’ve grow to be an enemy of the Republic, whereas I consider, quite the opposite, to be one of many fiercest supporters of secularism. »