Monday, January 26, 2004

French integration 

Today, the French High Council on Integration, under the auspices of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, released a report about the integration of immigrants in France. The article is in French, but below is my translation of a few key pieces.

Detailing the government's position in favor of the integration of immigrants, the Prime Minister desired on 25 October "to make sure the children of immigration who live in our country have all the same rights and the same duties."
Raffarin goes on to speak of the "struggle against discrimination." The report proposes a "contract of welcoming and integration."

I guess that banning the Muslim headscarf is anti-discriminatory and welcoming. Huh, go figure. Apparently in France, integration really means assimilation.

Someone forgot to tell these protesters that they're supposed to feel welcome and integrated.

This being France, it didn't end with the headscarf, of course. They descended farther into the depths of absurdity by contemplating bans on beards and even bandannas as religious symbols.

I have to be fair, though. France has come a long way in its acceptance of different cultures.

Oops, I didn't mean to include those links. France is a welcoming and integrated society after all.

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