PARIS (Reuters) – Edouard Philippe strove on Tuesday to close a new controversy over the wearing of the Islamic veil by accompanying school trips by reaffirming the primacy of the law and the need to fight the "community drifts".
Government and majority have divided in recent days after the debate born recriminations of an elected representative of the National Assembly against a veiled mother who accompanied students to the Regional Council of Burgundy-Franche-Comte.
The words of the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, judging after this incident that "the veil in itself is not desirable in our society" were approved as much as criticized by ministers and elected officials of the majority.
During current affairs in the National Assembly, Edouard Philippe recalled that the Islamic veil was banned at school but that the law did not prohibit its wearing by students or mothers accompanying school trips.
"You can wear a veil when you accompany a school trip but you do not have the right to proselytize and the authorities can and must intervene if this is the case," he said, saying that matter, the law did not need to be changed.
"I do not think for myself that the issue today is to make a law on school chaperones," he said in response to a bill in this sense of the Republicans parliamentarians.
"The challenge (…) is to fight effectively, and with the support of all our fellow citizens, the excesses of the community," added the Prime Minister. "The danger of going out of school is much greater, much more immense than the expression of a freedom now recognized by the law."
Elizabeth Pineau, edited by Sophie Louet