France may soon bend to the will of a once foreign culture that is becoming more and more domestic. The latest development includes the education of the youth, the future generations of France that are to define the cultural identity of the nation for years to come. French children may soon be taught to speak Arabic through the school system.
“France’s minister of national education has expressed support for adding the Arabic language to the school curriculum for French children,” RT reports. Arabic is held in high regard by Jean-Michel Blanquer who insists Arabic is one of the “great languages of civilization,” and should be learned “not only by people of Maghrebi origin or Arabic-speaking countries.”
Blanquer’s compliments towards the Arabic language, and desire to subjugate French children to learning to speak it, comes following new knowledge that Muslim children are learning Arabic through certain religious outlets that teach Salafism, a form of Islam that welcomes Sharia law. A report on this phenomenon by a Paris-based think tank, “called on the French government to incorporate Arabic into the public school curriculum in order to counter the political and religious indoctrination taught at these Salafi schools,” according to RT news.
The Paris-based report’s author, Hakim El Karaoui, wrote, “The number of students learning Arabic in France’s secondary and high schools has halved. But the rate has multiplied by ten in mosques.” Thus, the intention is quite plain. In order to combat a certain form of Islam, one that may not jell too well with greater French norms, shifting schooling of Arabic from mosques into public schools is the proposed solution.
However, opposition to the motion is strong from right-wing figures in France. Mayor of French town Beziers, Robert Menard, proposed the idea is a “project with incalculable consequences.” Menard furthered his opposition in a tweet suggesting, “To develop the teaching of Arabic in school and to ‘give prestige’ is to legitimize the birth of another nation within France.”
National Rally party legislative staffer Antoine Baudino also has been vocal with his opposition when he writes, “In a normal country, immigrants are asked to integrate, especially by learning the national language. In our country, the Minister of Education wants French children to learn Arabic.”