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French PM Castex Defends Anti-Extremism Bill As ‘Law Of Freedom’

French Prime Minister Jean Castex, with a protecting face masks hanging off his ear, speaks throughout a information convention after the weekly cupboard assembly discussions over a draft laws aimed toward clamping down on radical Islamism as a ‘law of freedom’ on the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 9, 2020.
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French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Wednesday defended draft laws aimed toward clamping down on radical Islamism as a “law of freedom” after a torrent of criticism from Muslim nations and expressions of concern from the US.

“This bill is not a text aimed against religions or against the Muslim religion in particular,” he advised reporters after the cupboard authorized a textual content to current to parliament. “It is the reverse — it is a law of freedom, it is a law of protection, it is a law of emancipation against religious fundamentalism.”

The laws had been criticised by Muslim leaders together with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan whereas on Tuesday the US envoy on worldwide non secular freedom mentioned he was involved by the invoice.

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