Assembly rejects RN proposal on school uniform

STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP Members of the French far-right Rassemblement National (RN) parliamentary group attend a session dedicated to bill proposals of the RN group at the French National Assembly in Paris on January 12, 2023. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)


School uniform: the Assembly rejects the RN proposal (Photo of the RN group in the National Assembly on January 12, 2022 during its parliamentary niche)

SCHOOL – The National Assembly rejected this Thursday, January 12, a bill from the RN to the obligation to wear a uniform in schools and public colleges, one of the key texts of the day reserved for Marine Le Pen’s group.

The fourth text rejected Thursday by the deputies, during the “parliamentary niche” of the RN, was particularly in the spotlight after statements by Brigitte Macron in favor of the port of the uniform, in Le Parisien published the day before.

“We even received unexpected and welcome support from Mrs. Macron”rejoiced the deputy RN Roger Chudeau, rapporteur of the text. For once, the light comes from the Élysée »quipped his colleague Julien Odoul.

“Only the general interest must take precedence”

Their leader, Marine Le Pen, pleaded in vain in the hemicycle for a text which “solves two difficulties”to know “the competition of brands and the pressure of Islamists on children who go to school”.

The LR group, which has already tabled similar billsis the only other formation to have supported the text. “No matter where the ideas come from, only the general interest must take precedence”justified the deputy Maxime Minot.

Even if some Macronist deputies welcome the wearing of the uniformthe presidential camp came out against a text drafted without “serious work on the impact”.

“It’s a subject that deserves nuance”said MP Sylvain Maillard in front of journalists, explaining that a working group had been set up within Renaissance to discuss it.

A universal and vertical ruler »

“This bill is not necessary because establishments already have the possibility” of establishing uniform dress, which “cannot become a universal and vertical rule”said for his part the Minister of Relations with Parliament Franck Riester, who replaced the Minister of Education Pap Ndiaye, retained by a meeting at the Elysée.

The left strongly fought the measure. “Leave the youth alone, they already have enough problems, they don’t need the stupidity of the RN”launched the deputy LFI Louis Boyard, whose group denounced a text which “undermines the principle of free education” and “exacerbates competition between establishments”.

“No one is fooled by what is hidden behind this bill”who “is only the means of attacking an identified public, children of the Muslim faith”estimated the ecologist deputy Sophie Taillé-Polian.

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Assembly rejects RN proposal on school uniform