French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said he would sign a decree which refused French nationality to a man who forced his wife to wear the burqa on ground such beliefs have “no place in our country.” Fillon told the media, “It is French law. The civil code has for a very long time provided that naturalisation could be refused to someone who does not respect the values of the (French) republic.” The French leader argued the man in question imposes “the burqa, he imposes the separation of men and women in his own home, and he refuses to shake the hand of women. If this man does not want to change his attitude, he has no place in our country. In any case, he does not deserve French nationality.”
The decree came after a parliament report last week calling for a ban on the burqa in schools, hospitals, government offices and public transport. According to figures of the Interior Ministry, only about 1,900 Muslim women in France wear either the burqa or niqab. The precedent of this legislation is allowing a government to decide what is “French” or not. Can the definition be extended to political ideas, other social ideas? There is no threat to “French society” whatever that means, and it is much ado about nothing. If a woman is being abused by her husband there currently are laws on the books to deal with the situation.