France to homeschooling parents in prison in ‘war on Islamism’ amid fears extremists are preventing girls from getting an education

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PARENTS in France who home school their children could be jailed for six months under new laws cracking down on Islamist extremism.

The legislation aims to prevent children from being brainwashed amid growing fears that extremists are trying to create a separate society for Muslims.

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Emmanuel Macron visits the scene of a terrorist knife rampage in a church in Nice last monthCredit: Reuters

It comes after President Emmanuel Macron pledged a crackdown on radical Islamists following the beheading of Professor Samuel Paty last month.

Currently, around 50,000 children in France are home schooled.

Ministers say some Muslims refuse to allow children to go to school – and girls in particular are denied an education.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin declared: “In some regions, there are more boys than girls (at school) when we know that statistically, more girls are born. It is a scandal.

A bill unveiled yesterday makes it a crime to teach children at home – unless going to school is “impossible for reasons related to the situation (of the child) or that of the family” .

Parents who break the law face a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a fine of € 7,500.

To enforce the ban, each child in France will now be assigned an identification number.

Muslim and Catholic schools will still be allowed but will be subject to tighter controls, ministers said.

Principals who do not respect secular French values ​​could be jailed for up to a year under the new law.

‘COUNTER-SOCIETY’

Other new measures include ensuring that schools can resist radical demands to tone down religious or sex education classes.

Local councils will have the power to deny separate bathing times for men and women, mosques will be forced to reveal foreign funds, and police will prosecute people for hate speech online.

This is part of Mr Macron’s broader crackdown on attempts by extremists to impose “Islamist separatism” in parts of France.

The president says there has been a “conscious political project” aimed at creating a “counter-society” that obeys Islamic law.

He also wants to fight against the terrorism which results from it.

Of the 30 most recent terrorists who committed killings on French soil, some 22 were of local origin, according to the Interior Ministry.

Last month, Mr Darmanin said he was taking action to expel 231 suspected radicals on an extremist watchlist.

It followed the murder of Mr. Paty in front of his school near Paris by a teenage Chechen refugee.

The teacher was reportedly targeted after a campaign by Muslim parents who were angry about showing students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a lesson on free speech.

Less than two weeks later, a church director and two worshipers were murdered by a Tunisian terrorist in Nice.

Mr Macron’s harsh words about Islamism sparked anger in the Muslim world, with large protests in Indonesia, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that France treated Muslims as badly as Jews were persecuted in the 1930s.

And ISIS called on its supporters to launch attacks against France in revenge.

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President Macron targeted by angry protesters in Karachi, PakistanCredit: EPA
Thousands of people also protested his words in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Thousands of people also protested his words in Jakarta, Indonesia.Credit: Rex Features
Professor Samuel Paty beheaded after online hate campaign by Muslim parents

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Professor Samuel Paty beheaded after online hate campaign by Muslim parents
President Macron and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, second from left, at the school where Mr. Paty was assassinated in Conflans Saint-Honorine, near Paris

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President Macron and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, second from left, at the school where Mr. Paty was assassinated in Conflans Saint-Honorine, near ParisCredit: AFP or licensors
Thousands of people marched in Paris to support free speech after murder

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Thousands of people marched in Paris to support free speech after murderCrédits: Getty Images – Getty

French protesters pay tribute to Samuel Paty, victim of terrorism in Paris, as large crowds gather across the country



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